Today India celebrates its 66th Independence Day and like most Indians living outside India, I am feeling more than usually nostalgic about people and things back home. The memories of hoisting the national flag and singing the national anthem at school seems to have been a lifetime ago and today we are left with just some strange tug at our heartstrings whenever we hear news about the on-goings back home.
To celebrate Independence day, I wanted to make something that is one of the first things I do whenever I am back in India: eat Chaat! Chaat is the collective term for a number of lip-smacking, drool-inducing savoury dishes that are part of the wonderful street food culture in India. The dishes vary from state to state, yet they all have a unique blend of sweet, salty, tangy and spicy flavours. Chaat is traditionally sold from carts by chaat-wallahs and eaten standing huddled around the vendor’s cart. Ah, the memories…
The chaat I made combines the other Indian snack favourite, Samosa with the robust flavours of traditional chaat. The reason was that I had ready-to-bake samosas in my freezer & I took the easy way out 😉
Funnily enough, the main colors of the chaat are also the colors of the Indian flag (saffron,white and green) and hence the title of this post. I am not posting a recipe for this dish, because most of the components of the dish are ready-made, but here are the rough directions:
- chopped onions
- sweet & tangy tamarind chutney
- spicy green chutney made of chillies, ginger, garlic, coriander and mint leaves
- corainder leaves
- salt to taste
- chaat masala (a spice blend, available in Indian stores)
- Bombay mixture or Sev (which is basically a snack of thin strings of deep-fried chick pea flour that you can buy in Indian stores)
- Beaten Yoghurt
Very simple really, if you have the necessary ingredients in the house.