India has a variety of dishes prepared with ingredients native to different regions. But if there’s one type of dish that unites the foodies of this country it has to be street food, especially chaat. Samosas, kachoris, even rasgullas are used in the preparation of chaats. It’s crunchy, sweet, spicy, sour and just an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Listing down all the different types of chaats found all over India will surely take a lifetime. But here are 6 street-side Indian chaats that will surely make you drool.
1. Aloo Chaat
Uniting all potato lovers, aloo chaat is one legendary street food dish that has captured the hearts of foodies. Prepared with bite-sized slices of potatoes, tamarind and coriander chutney, this chaat is super delicious. During the months of winter, you must also try out shakarkandi or sweet potato chaat. This nutritious chaat made from diced sweet potatoes, lemon juice and masala is one dish you can have as a fun cheat meal.
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2. Daulat Ki Chaat
Popularly known as daulat ki chaat in Delhi, nimish in Lucknow and malayo in Varanasi, this fine and delicate street food dish is sweet and super creamy. The secret behind its distinct fluffy nature lies in whisking sweetened milk for hours together. After which, the dish is kept aside to soak in the dew. The nutty and rich taste comes from khoya, malai, powdered sugar and dry fruits.
3. Ghugni Chaat
One Bengali chaat you must sink your teeth into has got to be Ghugni Chaat. This chaat is made with yellow peas, tomatoes, potatoes, cilantro, chutneys and oodles of spices. You can savour ghugni chaat as it is, or pair it with naan. Squeeze some lemon juice over ghugni to enhance the flavour. The next time you visit Kolkata, make sure you try this chaat out.
4. Bhel Puri
A beach visit in Mumbai become super special if you have a plate of bhel puri to give you company. This delicacy prepared with puffed rice, sev, onion, potato, papdi and chutney is just spicy, savoury and super yummy. You can also try out Ghee Bhel puri in Bengaluru, where the use of ghee gives this simple chaat a richer taste. A plate of bhel puri can add the x-factor to any beach or garden holiday. Chaat lovers, visit Delhi’s iconic Netflix chaatwala.
5. Tokri Chaat
Katori or Tokri chaat is also known as basket chaat. The basket to hold the chaat is made using mashed and crisped potatoes. This basket-shaped potato is then filled to the brim with spicy and tangy sauces, veggies and peas. It’s popular in Lucknow. But you can also find it all over India.
6. Papdi Chaat
Papdi chaat is a total comfort chaat. Crispy papdis made out of besan is topped with veggies, sev, chutneys and even dahi. It tastes crunchy, sour, spicy and sweet. This go-to Indian street food is so simple yet is jam-packed with complex flavours. Whenever you crave for something refreshing, a papdi chaat can go a long way. Meanwhile, if you’re a true blue chat lover, visit Mumbai’s Ram & Shyam Chaatwala.