I am usually attracted to any place that has a board labelled chaat. I would not care for the ambience or even the cleanliness of the place (upto an extent that is) if I can get hold of a bowl of chaat!. My friends in my residential complex can vouch for the fact as I drag them along for chaat the moment the neighbourhood chaat shop opens. This despite the fact that I make them at home!For me a chaat is like several fresh and sometimes cooked ingredients thrown together and flavoured with chaat masalas without going into too much cooking. So I was really surprised when I came across the Aloo Masala Chaat in Deekshas Kitchen for this months Blog Hop Wednesday: 21 by Radhika. I loved the tangy spicy and perfect potato and it will definitely be a regular now.
Potatoes: atleast 2 medium: boiled,peeled and cubed
Chaat Masala: 1 tsp+ as per taste
Cumin-coriander power: 1/2 tsp + as per taste
Chilly Powder:1/4 tsp + as per taste
Oil:1/2 -1 tsp
Tomato: 1 medium grated to a puree
Ginger: a small piece minced/grated
Green Chile: 1 medium :chopped
Ajwain/Carrom Seeds: a pinch
Anardana/ Dry Pomegrante Seed Powdered: 1/2 tsp+ as per taste
Boil,peel and cube the potatoes in a bowl. Add in the chaat masala -store bought/homemade, cumin-coriander powder and chilly powder and mix well and keep aside.
Heat oil in a deep pan/kadai. Add in the grated tomato and cook till the raw smell goes and the oil separates. The grated tomato will be automatically deskinned and deseeded - you can even substitute this with store bought tomato puree.
Once the puree is cooked, add in grated ginger, cook another minute and add in the anardana powder and ajwain and cook for another minute till the raw smell goes and flavours mix.
Add in salt and the marinated potato pieces. Mix well. Cook few more minutes till the flavours mingle and the potatoes get coated in the thick red puree mix.
Serve hot garnished with fresh chopped cilantro and sev chaatwaallah ishtyle!
A red, tangy and spicy and comforting dish. YUM-O.Perfect for teatime but I love chaats anytime of the day. :P