Delhi Style Aloo Chat


If you are from Delhi or lived there you must be so familiar with fruit chat stalls along highways or in market places. In Delhi summer those fruit chats taste sublime and help to bring down the heat a lot. When I first shifted to Delhi in 2002, my cousin brother and me, we used to haunt these fruit chat stalls. Our favourite was this old man along the Noida highway who made the best fruit chat ever.

Not one to stick to healthy stuff for long, we discovered that the bits of aloo/potato tastes the best in the fruit chat. So one evening we instructed our chatwallah to make us only aloo chat. What came out was out of this world and I have been hooked on it ever since.

It has been more than 3 years that I have left Delhi but the taste of aloo chat still lingers in my mouth. So decided to make it. Searched on-line, came across a video by the Sanjeev Kapoor's Khana Khazana group. But the chef deep fried the potatoes. I generally do not shy away from deep fried stuff, but I love my aloo chat and have it way too frequently to deep fry it every time I have it. So this is what I do.

Ingredients:

The raw ingredients
2 boiled medium sized potatoes cut into cubes
1 boiled sweet potato cut into cubes
2 table spoon of oil
Half a lime
A bunch of cilantro chopped
3/4 green chillies finely chopped
3/4 table spoon of chunky chat masala
1 tea spoon of red chilly powder or according to your heat tolerance, remember the green chillies are also going in
1 tea spoon of roasted jeera/cumin powder
Salt to taste (a little less than what you normally would take because you will also be adding the rock salt or as we call it bit noon)
The masalas for the chat
Rock salt for sprinkling

Method

Grease a non stick pan and roast the cubed potatoes on all sides on medium heat. This takes a bit of time and a lot of patience, but believe you me it is so worth every second you spend on it.

Repeat the process with the sweet potatoes.

In a bowl mix the potatoes, sweet potatoes, salt, rock salt, lime juice, chat masala, jeera powder, red chilly powder, chillies and  cilantro and mix well. Serve immediately. This is guaranteed to take to you to chat heaven.

You can also add fruits like bananas, papaya, water melon, pineapple, apple to this and that makes the Delhi fruit chat.
The roasted potatoes

Now the chat ready to be enjoyed!



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