Chaat: A Holi Special Dish

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Holi is close-by and we all want to consume everything fried and greasy. Some of the major food without which Holi is incomplete include Kachoris, Gujiyas, Namakpare and Mathris. Although, the list of these delicious dishes is very large but chaat items like papdi and dahi bhalla have a unique place. Chaats are popular throughout the year but they become more popular during Holi festival. Although, chaats are popular throughout the year, they reach the peak of popularity in Holi. A typical Holi menu would surely consist of chaat. Yogurt is spread over bhallas and papdis and these are topped with masalas, pomegranate seeds and chutney. A chaat item can change our worst days into happy ones and Holi into a more colourful affair.

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The literal meaning of Chaat is “to lick”, and a nice plate of chaat attracts us to do the same. You will lick your fingers and the plate. There is a long list of chaats including aloo chaat, papri chaat, dahi bhalle, bedmi, dahi puri, phuchka, ragda patties, pav bhaji and bhel puri. The favourite food of all Indians is chaat and this affair is going to last long.

There have been many modifications to the recipe of Chaat. It has travelled to different parts of the country and has made a prominent place in Indian food culture. But chaat was not meant to be as delicious as it is in the present day. Chaat was originally invented for medicinal use. It has a long history of its transformation into present form.

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The origins of Chaat are still unknown but some believe it originated in Bengal, some say it has its origins in Delhi and some say that chaat first originated in Uttar Pradesh.

According to a legend, the dish originated in the courts of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Mughal’s were known for their good taste in food and it is believed that chaats originated from their highly skilled masters in kitchens.

It is also believed that during the 18th century, a lot of people became sick because of food made using polluted water of Yamuna. It was during this time that chillies have entered the food scene of India. So, one of the Hakims advised the cooks to start making chaats. The chaats were prepared using chillies and spices which increased immunity and digestion.

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So, this is the story of chaat. It has travelled from different parts of the country and got much attention. From Maharashtra to Delhi, Chaat has different variations that must be explored by everyone.

Chaat: Great Street Foods Of India

The Indian street foods are popularly known as “Chaat”. Chaat is a delicious snack with its sweet, crunchy, hot and tangy flavors. It is also an ideal alternative to regular meals.

Chaats have their origin in North India. They are wholesome and easy to prepare food. Chaats are prepared fresh and consumed immediately. Due to their sweet, tangy and hot taste, chaats are an addictive food. At any given day, you will find a great crowd, along the roadside enjoying Chaat at the Chaat stalls.

Chaat parties are a popular affair in India and around the world. There are many restaurants in USA that send a person to your home who will prepare fresh pani puri, bhel puri etc.

Chaat parties can be organised for large and small crowds. It is a good idea to include traditional desserts and sweets in this meal.

If you don’t want to prepare chutneys by yourself, you can get them from a grocery store. You can also get ready-made Bhel mix and Puris. You will also need to buy tomatoes, green chillies, onion, and coriander. You should chop all the vegetables beforehand. Before serving the chaat, you can add green chutney and tamarind chutney.

Here are some of the chaats that can be easily prepared:-

  • Bhel Puri: Bhel poori is a delicious snack made of rice. It is a very mouth-watering chaat.


  • Pani Puri: These semolina puris have filling of sprouts and mint flavoured water. This is a great snack in summer season.


  • Dahi Batata Puri: Dahi batata puri is a combination of tiny, crisp puris mixed with ragda, potatoes and topped with different curds and chutneys.


  • Pav Bhaji: A perfect street food that is a meal in itself. The bhaji is a spicy mix of vegetables with a tomato gravy. Bhaji is served with pav cooked in butter.


  • Chole Bhature/Puri: Bhatura/Puri goes well with Chole. The dish is best eaten immediately after preparation.


  • Ragda Patties: This is a complete meal in itself. It is very easy to cook and takes little time. The filling can be done with paneer, corn, french beans and beans.