If we were to list the best Indian cities to dine in, Lucknow would most certainly be among out top five contenders. The city that has wowed everyone with their art, culture and history; moreover, it has also fascinated foodies from across India and abroad for its rich street food culture. While the kebabs, tikkas and kormas of Lucknow sure deserve all the hype that surrounds them, the vegetarian fare of Lucknow is in no way inferior to the meaty offerings of Lucknow. Case in point being the Tokri chaat. Uttar Pradesh is also the birthplace of many chaat items, like Banarasi Tamatar Chaat and Palak Patta Chaat, another classic chaat item from this rich repertory is the Tokri Chaat of Lucknow. It is unique because of its shape. For the uninitiated, ‘Tokri’ is a Hindi word for basket. This chaat comes in a basket, and mind you it is no ordinary basket, but in a basket made of finely grated potatoes.  

How Is Tokri Chaat Made

For Tokri chaat, a bunch of fresh potatoes are washed and peeled. They are then grated in huge numbers. These grated potatoes are mixed with flour, herbs and spices, and moulded into a shape of a tiny basket. This basket is then deep-fried and used as a base for the chaat, which is made with a dash of yogurt, some bhallas, chutneys of different kinds, pomegranate arils for the added pop of colour, some sev for the crunch. It is finished off with chaat masala and this hot and cold snack, with sweet, spicy and sour flavour is then sold like hot cakes in the streets of Lucknow.

Tokri Chaat Recipe

If you are slurping already (like us) and cannot travel to the city of Nawabs for this delish delicacy. Then fret not. We have a scrummy recipe, with the help of which you can make Lucknow’s famous Tokri chaat or basket chaat at home. Up for the challenge? Here’s the recipe.