Salad or Chaat?

04 Jan

Like most desis, I love chaat – the quintessential street food in India. Street food (or fast food, for that matter) is seldom healthy, although always mouth-watering. When I chanced upon Raaga’s Kala chana chaat, the recipe was definitely healthy and sounded yummy, too.

I adapted the recipe based on the vegetables and spices that was available at hand, like

  • adding peas and corn (I love it for the crunch)
  • adding boiled potatoes and a pinch of chaat masala a la aloo-channa chaat
  • omitting the onions (I can’t handle raw-onions)

Kala Channa Chat

What I realized was this was a very forgiving and versatile recipe – you could just about add any vegetable that has a crunch to it and it comes out just as good. A perfect way to start a dinner or just as a healthy evening snack. Hence my dilemma – is it a chaat or a salad?

1 Comment

Posted by on January 4, 2008 in Cooking, Desi


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One response to “Salad or Chaat?

  1. Laksh

    January 5, 2008 at 1:18 AM

    I would say tasty salad πŸ™‚ Seems to combine all the goodness of salad with the taste of chaat without the deep fried stuff that goes in chaat as well!

    Nice pic btw πŸ™‚

    Thanks! – A-kay


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