Aloo chaat is a serving of shallow fried baby potato halves in a medley of spices and a dash of tamarind chutney. Delicious!
On rainy days, all that my heart desires is a good book to curl up with, a cup of tea and, of course, aloo chaat. Aloo chaat is one of those snacks that is ready in a jiffy! And it is one that nobody, and I mean nobody can refuse. The chaat masala (a special combination of choice spices), lemon juice and
tamarind give the potatoes a piquancy that is music to the taste buds.
Like with everything else, there are many, many variations of aloo chaat that you will find on the internet and each one will differ in the time taken, the ingredients used, the spice level etc. Why I like my version of this popular street food is because it ticks all the right boxes.
- It’s easy – This is an aloo chaat recipe that almost anyone can make. No culinary skills required. Just shallow fry some boiled baby potatoes and mix in a few spices and that’s it.
- It’s quick – How much time does it take to toss a few ingredients together? If you have boiled potatoes at hand, it’s ready in 15 minutes, tops.
- It’s super-tasty – You can’t have just one or two potato halves and stop. Once you start, you will be craving for more, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself devouring the whole plateful!
Note: If you want to make your own tamarind chutney at home, I found this one at Serious Eats very easy to make. It goes really well with all kinds of fried snacks. But if you truly want to save time and get going, just buy some at any Indian store. It comes sealed in a glass bottle and keeps well in the fridge for a few months.
Aloo Chaat Recipe
- 24-ounce baby potatoes (approximately 18-20)
- 1 tsp black salt
- 1 tsp chaat masal
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 sprig cilantro leaves, chopped fine
- A dash of tamarind chutney
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- Boil, peel and halve the baby potatoes.
- Shallow fry the potato halves till they are golden brown. As the potatoes are frying, sprinkle the black salt and chaat masala on top.
- Once the potatoes are fried, add the lemon juice and mix
- Arrange the baby potatoes on a plate and drizzle the
tamarind chutney on top. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
- Black salt, chaat masala and tamarind chutney are all
easily available in any Indian grocery store or even big chain supermarkets
- Black salt is a kind of rock salt that is light pink in
colour. It is a commonly used ingredient in Indian cooking, especially in
chaats, chutneys and raitas.
- Chaat masala is a combination of many powdered spices like paprika, cumin, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and mango powder.