March 15, 2019
In India, chaat is a word that describes more than just a set of snacks: It’s a way of life, and a category of food that hits practically every element that makes something craveable sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and crunchy. Chaat can be enjoyed anytime. It’s light enough to be eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, but satisfying enough to take the place of lunch or dinner. Plus, you can find it anywhere there's Indian food it’s even for sale in the back of many Indian grocery stores.
Also known as Pani Puri. Spherical fried crisps filled with potatoes, chickpeas, onions, and chutneys, served with some kind of flavoured water (usually tamarind or cilantro-mint). To eat a Gol Gappa, you spoon a little bit of the water into the centre of the crisp and pop the entire thing in your mouth.
This is a dish that like the act of melting cheese on anything would have to try very hard to be bad. It’s made of a base of chopped up samosas (savoury fried pastries filled with spicy potatoes and peas) and topped with chutney, yoghurt, and sev (those thin fried potato bits). Each component is wonderful in and of itself, but in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. To eat, scarf down with a spoon.
A puffed rice salad with all sorts of fixings including onions, thin sev, and chutneys that have been thoroughly tossed together. Always order this dish with everything, and eat it quickly . It gets soggy very fast.