Crispy Corn and Onions | Indian Chaat

From Indonesia through South East Asia to Myanmar, and across to India, sweet corn is served with crispy onions. The corn is prepared in various ways, including milky creamy corn (a firm favourite) and corn that is steamed then deep fried.

With wonderfully tender corn from the local shops, we made this Indian street food style snack, tangy and spicy. It is easy to make, but the corn kernels needs to be blanched, boiled or steamed beforehand, to soften their outer skin so that they don’t pop while frying. Otherwise you will have a messy kitchen, a scared cook, and a bowl of popped corn (if you can find them after flying around the kitchen as they explode).

Similar recipes include Sweetcorn Chaat, and Poha Chaat.

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Sweet Corn Chaat

Sweet corn season is here and the corns are tender and juicy. We made Sweet Corn Soup, and had some kernels left over, so it was a perfect time for a chaat as an afternoon snack.  This type of chaat is like an Indian version of Salsa.

In this recipe we roast the kernels in butter until they are browned or blackened, which intensifies their flavour.

This is a great dish to eat warm as the corn is buttery and beautiful. If you need to make it beforehand, bring it to room temperature before using.

This recipe is a great vehicle for using the vegetables that you have at hand, and that can be grated, shredded or chopped. Cucumber can be added, for example, and grated beetroot. I used the greens of spring onions as they were to hand and I love their taste, but you can also use the white stems.  Radish is good too, shredded, but it has quite a bite so just use a little. Cubes of boiled potato is a great addition.

Similar recipes include Crispy Corn and Onion Chaat, Channa Chaat, Borlotti Bean Chaat, and Poha Chaat.

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Achari Gobhi | Cauliflower Cooked with Pickling Spices

Achari means pickling, and achari dishes are made with the same spices that are generally used for pickling vegetables. Using mustard oil gives the cauliflower great colour and favour – grab an Indian Mustard oil at your Indian grocer, or your Supermarket might carry an Australian one. Similar to most achari dishes, amchur is used to give a delicious tang to the dish.

This is a simple sabzi dish to prepare when you feel like eating a chatpata snack.

Are you looking for other Cauliflower dishes? Try South Indian Cauliflower Soup, and Rice and Cauliflower Pilaf.

Similar recipes include Achari Mushrooms.

Browse all of our Cauliflower dishes, all Subzis, and all of our Achari dishes. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials here. Or simply browse our Mid Winter dishes.

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Poha Chaat

Poha Chat is an Indian spicy snack and street food loved by many. Poha is rice that has been steamed and flattened, and it comes in various sizes. For this recipe, thick poha will be needed. If using thinner poha, don’t soak for long in water – thin poha particularly will need a sprinkle of water only.

Similar recipes include Sweetcorn Chaat, Borlotti Bean Chaat, and Channa Chaat.

Other Poha dishes include Crispy Corn and Onion Chaat, Kanda Poha, Kanda Batata Poha, Kolacha Poha, and Sweet and Crunchy Poha.

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Borlotti Bean Chaat

Chaat is a wonderful dish, but need not be restricted to chickpeas.

Salads are the key to these hot days – no or little cooking, refreshing to eat, sustaining and delicious. Infinitely sharable, salads invite the senses to cool off, relax and enjoy.

With some cooked borlotti beans on the kitchen bench needing attention, a salad was whipped up in no time. Based on the Indian classic dish Channa Chat, these beans were used instead of chickpeas. Perfect.

You might also want to try Sweetcorn Chaat, Crimson Beetroot and Berlotti Fry, and Channa Chaat. Have a look at Channa Chaat on Kovalam Beach.

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Travel | Chaat by the (Kovalam) Beach

Meet the man selling Channa Chat by the beach.

One of my favourite snack foods in India is Channa Chat, made with that amazing spice powder, Chat Masala, which gives the food an amazing tang.

Imagine my surprise when on a beach in Kovalam, Kerala in India, I found a man, on a bike, making Channa Chat on a board strapped onto the back of his bike.

Try other recipes with Chaat Masala: Crispy Corn and Onion Chaat, Chickpea (Channa) Chaat, Kachumber Salad and Channa Chaat on Kovalam Beach.

Also Watermelon Salad, Borlotti Bean Chaat, Spicy Vegetable Sticks and Chickpeas and Young Ginger Salad.

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Channa Chaat | Tangy Indian Chickpea Salad | Street Food

The spicy, tangy taste of a true Indian chaat.

A craving for some spice brought me today to a spicy chickpea dish, commonly sold as street food in India. It is a dish that is full of flavours found throughout India.

It’s a snack, really. Generally eaten at room temperature, it is one of the wonderful chat (chaat) dishes so integrated into the varied cuisines of India. It is an amazing tease of contrasts. Sour yet sweet. The bite of onion with the smoothness of chickpeas and potato. The mineralisation of rock salt with the tartness of mango powder and lime juice. It is an amazing dish.

Read all about chickpeas here.  Are you looking for other Chickpea recipes? Try Chickpeas with Beetroot Greens and Chilli, Hummus, Kabli Chana Til SasKabli Chana Adrak Kachamber and Channa Chaat.

You might like to browse our Chickpea Salads, or all of our Chickpea dishes. Explore our Indian Recipes. And check out all of our snacks. Or explore our Early Autumn dishes

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