Chaat was born in the royal kitchen of emperor Shah Jahan
Every nook and corner has its own creative spin on
Chaat was modified many times, traveling from North India to Gujarat
Walk around any street in North India and you'll find vendors lined with a variety of street preparations like Aloo Chaat, Papdi Chaat or the famous Dahi Bhalla Chaat. These are easy to prepare and are loved by all. Straight from the streets of North India, chaat now famous all over the world. It is believed that chaat was born in the royal kitchen of emperor Shah Jahan. According to legend, when the Mughal emperor fell ill, he was instructed by his Hakim to consumefoods that are light on the stomach but high on spices so as to strengthen his immunity. Hence, chaat was discovered!
Interestingly, as the country underwent foreign influences, new flavours were added on to local fare. Chaat was modified many times over, traveling from the North to Gujarat, where it took an entirely different form and taste. It then went on to becoming a Pan Indian-Subcontinental food phenomenon.
All popularIndian street foods from Raj Kachori, Bhel Papdi, Dhahi Bhalle to Paani puri, Papdi Chaat and Sev puri - heavily influence the ever so versatile chaat. Of course, every nook and corner has its own creative spin on it.
Got hit by a sudden craving? Here are our 10 best chaat recipes to your rescue! With these quick home-made versions you will have no reason to hit the food stalls.
1. Paapri Chaat Recipe by Marut Sikka with Anil Kudamal Nothing like the crunch of freshly made papdis topped with yogurt, coriander and tamarind chutney. An authentic recipe straight from the streets of Old Delhi.
Dilli Ki Aloo Chaat is what street food is synonymous with. Crisp fried potato chunks wrapped in fiery spices and tossed with chutney. Enjoy the great taste right in the comfort of your homes. Dilli Ki Fried Aloo Chaat
4. Paneer Chaat with Chilli Chutney Recipe by Roopa Gulati The goodness of paneercoupled with mild spices and served with a freshly madechutney that is sweet and sour in on bite. A simple yet satisfying snack to soothe those untimely cravings.
Paneer Chaat with Chutney
5. Channa Chaat Recipe by Aditya Bal This healthy and hearty serving is what you need after a long day's work! A lovely mix of chickpeas, green peas, potatoes, pomegranate and tomatoes, finished with mint and tamarind chutney.
6. Egg Chaat Recipe by Aditya Bal Eggs are great any time of the day! Boiled eggs enhanced with theflavours of cumin, tamarind, tomato ketchup and a generous squeeze of lime. Top with boondi to add some crunch.
7. Three Bean Chaat Recipe by Vicky Ratnani A vibrant mix of rajma, channa, green beans, pomegranate, cucumbers, potatoes, herbs and spices, dressed lightly.