How To Turn Your Home Into A Chaat Counter

Missing chaat? Why not turn your dinner table into a chaat counter? Proceed with caution - MASSIVE cravings ahead!

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

We are all missing chaat and our chaat wale bhaiya so much during the lockdown, we could burst out crying. No kidding! Instagram and Facebook are full of homemade chaat pictures and we cannot deny that they just make us feel sad and hungry (Eyeing the watery moong dal made at home). We have already told you how about how to make a few popular street foods at home using maida (refined flour), here is a list of chaat you can make at home using some pantry staples.

1) Bhalle / Paapdi Chaat

Bhalle are soft, fluffy, melt in your mouth clouds made with urad dal. Making them at home is not as daunting as it may seem and can be done with just a handful of ingredients. You will need lots of yogurts and for that make sure you sieve the curd before adding anything else as you want the dahi to be lump-free. Add pudina or coriander chutney, meethi saunth, bhuna jeera, chaat masala, and paapdis. If you do not have access to store-bought paapdis, they can also be made at home with maida and salt. Garnish with pomegranate pearls.

 How To Turn Your Home Into A Chaat Counter
Bhalle or Paapdi chaat – Which one do you prefer?
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2) Pao Bhaji

You might think that the key ingredient to making pao bhaji is potatoes and other vegetables. Well, you are wrong! It’s butter. Pao bhaji without butter is as useless as Jai without Veeru and Basanti without Dhanno! So people on a diet, look away, you might faint on the copious amounts of butter that seeps into each and every inch of this dish. Tried and tested tip – Pao bhaji can be frozen for up to 7 days and it tastes great. So you can make a huge batch once and use it twice.

3) Aloo Chaat

The banging of the karchi with the tawa at your chaat stall is a sound we all are longing to hear. Crisp deep-fried potatoes tossed in a spicy masala and loads of chutneys. You can make this chaat with shakarkandi (sweet potatoes) and kachalu (Taro) too. Add peanuts and finely chopped onions if you want to increase the crunch. Nothing beats a ‘patta‘ of aloo chaat to satisfy your evening snack cravings.

4) Matra Ki Chaat

Matra or white peas (safed matra) is a complete meal in itself. Matra is very easy to make at home – soak matras overnight or for 4-5 hours. Cook for 2-4 whistles in a pressure cooker. Season with salt, chaat masala, red chilies and bhuna jeera. Top with chopped onions, green chilies, tomatoes, juliennes of ginger, coriander leaves, and a generous squeeze of lemon. Serve it as it is, with kulchas for a filling meal, add as a filler in paani puri or put it on top of aloo tikkis.

5) Aloo Tikki

The sound of aloo tikki sizzling on the tawa is music to our ears. Aloo tikki can be eaten with chutneys or with whipped curd. You can add matra on top of it for that U.P style flavor. Aloo tikkis can be stuffed with a moong dal mixture, a dry fruit mixture, or even paneer. But, everything pales in comparison to that unadulterated crispy aloo yumminess.

Which chaat do you miss the most? Is it aloo chaat or golgappas?

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. Yes, chaat is being misses terribly. 🙁

  2. Very very tempting. Missing that road side pao bhaji. It’s just not the same at home

  3. Megha Jain says

    Major cravings of chaat these days. Never thought that golgappa and ballas and momos would be a luxury food item.

  4. Yes yes yes … missing this the most ! Thank you for this ! Gives me inspiration to try and make at home and not wait till lockdown ends

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