Savour These Spicy Street Style Chaats For Dinner
- Harshita Malhotra
Updated : May 18, 2022 23:05 IST
Try these street style chaat dishes for dinner.
Chaat is a savoury snack that originated in India and is often offered as a hors d'oeuvre or at roadside tracks from booths or food carts throughout South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Chaat originated in Uttar Pradesh, India, and has since grown in popularity throughout South Asia and the Caribbean. The word derives from the Hindi word Chaatna means to lick. All of the chaat varieties are made with fried dough and a variety of different ingredients. The original chaat is a combination of potato pieces, crisp fried bread dahi vada or dahi bhalla. It also includes gram or chickpeas, and tangy-salty spices, garnished with sour Indian chilli and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), fresh green coriander leaves, and yoghurt. but other popular variants include alu tikkis or samosa (garnished with onion, potatoes, and coriander). Chaats like Dahi Vada (Dahi Bare) have ancient origins, according to certain experts. Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopaedia written by Someshvara III, who governed present-day Karnataka, includes a recipe for dahi wada (as kshiravata). According to food historian K.T Achaya, dahi vada is mentioned in literature dating back to 500 B.C. According to culinary anthropologist Kurush Dalal, the Chaat first originated in northern India during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the late 17th century. As a countermeasure to the alkaline water of the city's Yamuna river, the royal doctors advised the residents of Mughal capital Delhi to consume spicy and fried appetisers as well as dahi, according to him.
Here are some street style chaat dishes you can have for dinner-
A simple street food in Delhi and almost all of northern India, aloo chaat was once a favourite side dish of northwestern frontier cuisine. It's made up of fried parboiled potato pieces mixed with chana and chopped onions, and it's topped with spices and chutney. Crispy fried potato chunks mixed with spicy tangy chutney and coated in hot spices. Squeeze in some lemon juice and enjoy the spicy aloo chaat in the comfort of your home.
Dahi vada is a type of chaat (snack) that originated in Karnataka, India and is now famous throughout South Asia. It's made by soaking vadas in yoghurt and then topping them with chutneys and chatpata masala.
Papri chat is a famous Indian subcontinent fast food and street snack found mostly in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Papri chaat is made with crispy fried dough wafers called papri, boiled chickpeas, boiled potatoes, dahi (yoghurt), and tamarind chutney, and then topped with chat masala and sev. Papri is traditionally made using refined white flour and ghee or oil. Spices, mint, and cilantro can also be used. The dish is a creamy and crunchy texture as well as sweet, sour, tangy, and spicy flavours.
Raj kachori is also known as king size kachori. It is usually stuffed with boiled potatoes, chana, yoghurt, chutneys and some sev. You may also top it up with some pomegranate seeds to enhance its flavour.
You all must have tried aloo tikki chaat, but have you ever had samosa chaat? This dish tops everything. The samosa is crushed and served with chana, aloo subzi, chutneys or sometimes yoghurt. You will feel different flavours in every bite as it is a combination of chutneys, samosa and Indian desi gravies.