One of the most delicious Indian street food dishes, aloo chaat is so simple to make you can easily make your own at home.
All you need are potatoes, a handful of other simple ingredients and a little bit of time. So, prepare your tastebuds and get ready to taste this incredible spicy side dish.
Products you need for this recipe
There are a few key pieces of kitchen equipment and ingredients that you need for this recipe:
- Veggie chopper – use a handheld veggie chopper to quickly and easily cube your potatoes
- Saucepan – to make aloo chaat, you’ll first need to blanch the cubed potatoes. This softens them slightly, ready to be fried
- Large frying pan – make sure you’ve got a quality heavy-duty frying pan – essential for pretty much any Asian recipe
- Vegetable oil or ghee – vegetable oil is perfect for this recipe, but if you want to take things to the next level, get some ghee. It has a highly burning point and tastes great when used in most Indian recipes
- Ginger – if you can’t find fresh ginger, ground ginger will do
- Green chilli – if you can’t find fresh chilli, chilli powder will do
- Cumin powder – a beautifully fragrant earthy spice that gives this aloo chaat recipe real flavour
- Chaat masala – a special blend of spices, this is specially created for seasoning aloo chaat. You can buy your own or check out my homemade recipe!
- Red chilli powder – bring the heat with some red chilli!
- Nylon sev – these are a type of thin crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour. They go really well with aloo chaat
- Green chutney – green chutney brings a sweet kick to this recipe. If you want some amazing flavour, check out my homemade green chutney recipe. You could also use sweet tamarind chutney, for an incredibly tasty kick to this recipe
- Mango chutney – the sweetness of mango chutney works really well when combined with the other flavours in this aloo chaat dish. You can also use lemon juice, to add a sour note to the sweetness
Aloo chaat recipe
If you’ve never tried this recipe before, you’re in for a treat! This aloo chaat recipe is super simple. There’s barely any prep time – 10 minutes total time, meaning you can whip up this sumptuous Indian street food in a flash.
This recipe is perfect for a light lunch, a warming midweek dinner or as a side dish to a hearty curry.
The cook time is split into two different parts. Blanching the potatoes and then frying them with spices.
To make aloo chaat, first, you cube the potatoes – around 2cm cubes are best. Then, the potatoes are blanched, to soften them a little. Once the water has reached boiling point, the par-boiled potatoes are left to steam dry.
Next, the garlic, chilli (or chili powder) and ginger is fried in vegetable oil. You can also use ghee if you prefer. Ghee is clarified or melted butter that has had the milk solids removed.
You then add the cubed potatoes into the saucepan, along with spices. The spices for this recipe include red chilli powder, masala chaat and cumin powder. You then fry the potatoes and spices together until cooked through.
Once cooked, the spiced potatoes are served with nylon sev, green chutney, mango chutney, yogurt, coriander (cilantro) and pomegranate seeds.
What does chaat mean?
Chaat is a type of street food that is very common in India. It’s basically an umbrella term that describes any type of spicy, savoury snack that you’d find in Indian cuisine. Why not this other tasty Chicken Chaat recipe, or this masala chana chaat.
Chaat dishes are often found on restaurant menus throughout India, as well as in roadside food stalls and food markets.
The word ‘chaat’ comes from the Hindi cāṭ – चाट – which translates into English as a tasting, or delicacy.
What do we call chaat in English?
In English, the closest word that describes chaat would be a snack. An appetiser, hors d'oeuvre or starter could also describe a chaat.
How many types of chaat are there?
There are so many different types of chaat. Just a few examples include aloo paneer chaat, boondi chaat, aloo and peas chaat and palak chaat.
In total, there are over 500 different varieties, although aloo chaat is one of the most loved.
What is aloo?
The meaning of the word has proven aloo-sive for many curry lovers outside of India. Well, ‘aloo’ or ‘alu’ means potato in several languages, including Hindi, Urdu and Farsi.
So now you know. Whenever you see the word aloo on an Indian restaurant menu, that means potatoes as a main part of the recipe.
What are the origins of aloo chaat?
The recipe aloo chaat originated in Uttar Pradesh, a state in Northern India. Since its origins, it’s become hugely popular all over the Indian subcontinent, especially West Bengal, Eastern India, Pakistan and parts of Bangladesh.
What is chaat masala?
Probably the most essential element of this recipe – aside from the potatoes, obviously – is chaat masala.
It’s a spice blend, specially made to flavor Indian snack dishes. A mix of earthy spices and sweet and sour flavours gives the recipe an amazing depth of flavour.
The spice blend normally consists of cumin powder, coriander powder, ground fennel, mango powder, tamarind powder, chlli powder and ginger powder.
Check out my homemade chaat masala recipe to take your aloo chaat to the next level!
What is aloo tikki chaat?
The word "tikki" means a small croquette in Hindi and Marathi.
Aloo tikki is a spiced fried potatoes dish that is similar to aloo chat. The difference is, the potatoes are made into little patties – hence the “tikki” – often mixed with peas and spices. The patties are then fried until crisp.
Is aloo chaat healthy?
Although potatoes typically get a bad wrap, they are actually good for you. Potatoes are only moderately calorie-dense and are packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients.
Also, to make aloo chaat this way, the potatoes are blanched first. Blanching the potatoes removes a lot of the starch.
One serving of aloo chaat contains about 212 calories, depending on the size of the serving. It also contains vitamin B1, vitamin B3 vitamin B9 (folic acid) and is packed full of vitamin C. These vitamins are essential to maintain a healthy immune system.
The spices used in aloo chaat are also very beneficial for your health. Many of them contain anti-oxidising properties, aid digestion, protect against heart disease, can reduce stress and aid weight-loss.
Is aloo chaat vegetarian?
Yes, aloo chaat is vegetarian! It’s a delicious meat free side recipe that goes especially well with vegetarian curries.
Is aloo chaat vegan?
The only ingredient in this aloo chaat recipe that’s non-vegan is yoghurt. If you want to make this aloo chaat vegan, just omit the yoghurt or replace it with a coconut yoghurt.
What is nylon sev?
Nylon sev is a fine, crunchy noodle recipe, often served as a garnish with chaat dishes. It’s made using chickpea flour and is usually flavoured with turmeric and other spices. It goes especially well with aloo chaat!
Other great Indian side dishes
When it comes to side dishes and appetisers, nothing beats Indian cuisine! Don’t stop at this recipe – here are a few more side dish/appetiser recipes to get you inspired and make your mouth water.
- Mushroom pakora – lightly spicy and absolutely delicious, this recipe is one of the healthiest and tastiest pakora recipes you’ll find. The recipe also include a dipping sauce that tastes out of this world
- Potato bhajis – another one of the most popular Indian street foods, potato bhajis are a classic starter. If you want to impress your friends, look no further than this recipe. It’s quick and easy, and has a satisfying deep fried crunch and subtle spice that makes the perfect pre curry snack.
- Bombay chutney – when it comes to chutneys, Bombay is the king! Intensely flavoured and pretty fiery, this traditional Indian chutney goes well with just about any other chaat. Once you’ve made your own, you’ll never look back.
- Coconut chutney – this chutney is more on the healthy, aromatic side. It still tastes like a dream though and makes an ideal pairing with your favourite curries and chaats.
- Kahmiri naan – a delicious sweet and nutty naan, this one is often taken with tea as an afternoon snack.
- Peshwari naan – a delicious traditional Indian bread, peshwari naan is defined by its dried fruit and coconut filling. Amazing on its own, but knock your socks off fantastic when used to mop up juices of a tasty curry.
- Kerala peratha – a flaky, doughy flatbread that’s wonderful when served alongside a hearty, spicy curry.
Aloo Chaat is a classic Indian street food recipe comprising potatoes fried in spices and topped with yogurt and various chutneys.
- 1kg (2lbs) potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 30ml (2 tbsp) oil
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped finely
- 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 green chilli, topped and chopped finely
- 2g (1/2 tsp) ground cumin
- 2g (1/2 tsp) chaat masala
- 1g (1/4 tsp) salt
- 2g (1/2 tsp) red chilli powder
- 60g (4 tbsp) nylon sev
- 60g (4 tbsp) green chutney
- 60g (4 tbsp) mango chutney
- 60g (4 tbsp) plain yogurt
- 10g (1/2 cup) cilantro/coriander leaves, washed and chopped
- 1/2 pomegranate, arils only
- Blanch the potato cubes by placing them in a pot full of salted water and bringing it to a boil.
- Once boiling point is reached, drain the potatoes and set to one side to steam dry.
- Add the oil to a large frying pan and bring a medium temperature.
- Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and fry for 30 seconds.
- Tip in the potato cubes and fry until they turn golden, which takes about 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Sprinkle the cumin, chaat masala, salt and chilli powder on top of the potatoes and stir.
- Stir for 2 minutes, check that the potatoes are now cooked. If not, continue frying until they are until desired texture is achieved.
- When potatoes are cooked, remove from heat and tip into a serving bowl.
- Sprinkle with nylon sev, green chutney, mango chutney, yogurt, cilantro and pomegranate.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
The potato cubes should ideally be cut into 2.cm (1in) cubes.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Starter
- Method: Pan Fry
- Cuisine: Indian
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