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Chaats: The Mouth-watering Indian Snacks Loved by One and All

Most Indians are food enthusiasts and they love to eat hot, spicy and tangy food. There is a wide variety of Indian snacks and street food that is enjoyed and loved by everyone across the globe. Chaat has always been a hot favourite Indian street food that is currently on the menus of most restaurants and fast food centres in India and abroad, on public demand. The name of this dish was derived from the word chatpata meaning salty, tangy and sweet.

Chaats are one of the most popular savoury snacks in India and they come in a number of versions with some variations in ingredients every time.  Whenever you have the sweet, salty, spicy and tangy chaat in an Indian restaurant in Malvern, you would be left asking for more. The superb tangy taste would tantalize your taste buds as you relish the delectable Indian street food.

Different Types of Chaats Dominate the World of Indian Snacks

In India, different chaats have originated in different states of the country but enjoyed all over the country and even across the globe in USA, UK, Australia, UAE and more. Here are some of the most popular and well-known chaats.

Samosa Chaat

Samosas are a delightful snack in themselves but sometimes, they are relished in the form of a spicy, sweet and tangy chaat. The hot and crispy samosas are flattened and broken into chunks. Thick beaten yogurt or curd is then splashed liberally all over the samosa pieces. Then some lip-smacking chutney like sweet and sour tamarind chutney and hot and spicy coriander / mint chutney are sprinkled generously on top to infuse a simply mind-blowing taste to the overall dish. Often sev or bhujian is added. It is then seasoned and garnished with classical Indian spices & herbs like chaat masala, roasted jeera, chopped chilies and coriander leaves. Samosa chaat is very popular in almost all cosmopolitan cities. Today samosa chaats come in many innovative versions like the super delicious meat samosa chaat that you would find in the famous Indian restaurant in Malvern.

Aloo Chaat

This was a hot-favourite snack of the renowned North-west frontier cuisine. It is a simple yet mouth-watering snacks or street food in India but it is a major hit in Delhi and practically the whole of northern India. Aloo chaat is known to be a mix of parboiled and then fried potato pieces with boiled chana or chickpeas and finely chopped onions. Sometimes sev is added. It is then seasoned and garnished with classical Indian spices & herbs like chaat masala, roasted jeera, chopped chilies and coriander leaves.

Bhelpuri

This is usually associated with Mumbai beaches as locals are found munching this favourite snack while strolling on the seaside. This is a magical mix of puffed rice, crispy flat papdis made from flour, sev, peanuts, coconut pieces, finely chopped onions, tomato, green chilies and boiled potatoes and generously smothered in sweet sauces and tangy chutneys.

Aloo Tikki Chaat

Aloo tikias are nothing but boiled and mashed potatoes that are shaped and fried as patties. These hot and crispy potato patties are then covered with thick nicely beaten curd and topped with sweet tamarind chutney, tangy green chutneys and then sprinkled with crispy sev. This is a hot favourite snack food almost in all the metropolitan cities but originated in North India.

Dahi Puri/ Dahi Puchkas

Pani puri or puchka shells are at first stuffed with a delicious mixture of chickpeas and boiled potato mash with a whole lot of spices. Then these puris are generously drizzled over with thick beaten curd and topped with sev and sprinkled with hot, spicy, tangy and sweet finger-licking chutneys.

Papri Chaat

Papris are crispy flat tiny disc-shaped deep-fried bread made from flour. To the crispy papdis, chopped boiled potatoes, finely chopped onions, coconut pieces, peanuts, chopped coriander leaves etc. are added generously. These are then sprinkled with sweet chutneys, sour chutneys and topped with sev. This is perhaps the most favourite and frequently ordered chaat in any restaurant or fast food centre.

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