6 Punjabi Chaats For Teatime That You Will Love
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Evening snacks are the most interesting part of the day. The wait to eat something new and exciting is real. But the search to find a dish that will satiate your cravings on a daily basis can be exhausting, which might lead to the same old practice of emptying a bag of chips. So, instead of confiding in processed food, why don’t you explore some regional snacks for your evenings?

Explore the best types of Punjabi chaat that are both delicious and easy to make at home. Since Punjab is known for its spectrum of flavours and mouth-drooling street food, you can rely on these options if you’re looking for dishes filled with chutneys, spices, and absolute deliciousness.

Chhole Chaat

Everyone knows that Chhole Bhature is the heart of Punjab. But you don’t need to have deep-fried bhatura to make a meal. You can make Punjabi-style chhole chaat that’s made with boiled chickpeas (chhole) filled with tangy flavours. 

To make it at home, add some chopped vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and cumin. Then add turmeric chutney and spices like garam masala, chaat masala, red chilli powder, and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients together, give a squeeze of lemon on top, and enjoy a healthy snack.

Aloo Tikki Chaat

A vendor selling aloo tikki chaat in the streets of Punjab is a common sight. The crispy potato-based dish is almost every Punjabi’s favourite. To get your hands on this delicacy, take some boiled potatoes and deep fry them in a round shape. Then, add chopped onions and boiled chickpeas with a generous amount of curd. Next, pour some green and red chutneys on top and mix them together. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and coriander, and enjoy the crunch of aloo tikki with a burst of flavour.

Papdi Chaat

Papdi chaat is another popular street food that is relished by Punjabis. The dish has also made its way to almost all parts of India and even across borders. You can find them at any nearest sweet shop or make it home with some store-bought papdi. All you need to do is arrange the papdi in a bowl, add curd on top and mix till they are coated well in curd. Then, add your favourite spices like red chilli powder, chaat masala, garam masala, and salt. Finally, mix them in tamarind chutney and garnish with pomegranate seeds and sev.

Paneer Pudina

If you don’t want to add something fried or a potato-based snack to your evening, go for paneer pudina. For this recipe, you’ll need to take fresh paneer, cut it into pieces, and marinate it in curd and spices. After letting the paneer absorb the spices, roast or shallow fry them as per your preference. Finally, arrange them on a plate with a side of finely chopped onions with green chutney. 

Dahi Bhalla

Dahi Bhalla is another healthy option for a guilt-free evening snack. It can be made with soaked lentils (urad dal). You can take the soaked dal and grind it to make a smooth batter. Then, deep fry them in the shape of small balls. Once they are crispy, add them to a bowl of curd with spices like salt, black pepper, chaat masala, and red chilli powder. Add red or green chutney as per your preference, and your evening snack is ready to indulge.

Punjabi Samosa Chaat

As an extension of the famous snack, Samosa, Punjabi samosa chaat is made by slicing a samosa with a curry-based chickpea topping (chhole). To whip up this quick snack, buy fresh samosas from the market and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Then add them into a gravy-based chhole and coat the pieces. Next, chop some onions and boiled potatoes into the mixture along with a generous amount of tamarind chutney. And your samosa chaat is waiting to melt into your mouth.