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Chaat Masala Mix - A Hot Spice Mix for Chaat

Chat Masala

Mamta Gupta

Chaat masala is a mix of hot and tangy spices that is used to spice up many street snacks, salads, fruit salads, fruit juices, and some curries. Just sprinkle 1-2 tsp. on your fruit/vegetable salad, squeeze a little lemon juice/good vinegar like balsamic vinegar, mix thoroughly and enjoy! You can make this masala in advance and store it in a jar. Most people buy it ready made these days, sold in packets. Ready made one is quite good and very often used by professional chefs.

The word chaat or chatna means Ëœto lick. The word masala means a spice-mix in Hindi. Generally, the word chaat is used for a collection of savoury and highly spicy snacks that make you lick /smack your lips, sort of 'finger licking' good! Chaat is traditionally sold by street hawkers in India and comes under a group of foods known as 'Indian Street Foods'.

Edited Feb. 2018

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. cumin seeds

  • 2 tbsp. whole, dry red chillies

  • 2 tbsp. coriander seeds

  • 1 tbsp. black pepper, whole or ground. Whole gives better flavour.

  • 2 tbsp. black salt or kala-namak. If you can't get it, use rock salt or ordinary salt

  • 1 tbsp. ordinary table salt

  • 1/2 tsp. citric acid powder

  • 1 tbsp. dry mango powder/amchoor or anardana/dry pomegranate seed powder

  • 1 tbsp. ginger powder

  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala

  • 1/2 tsp. hing or hing or asafoetida powder, dry roasted on a girdle for a few minutes

Instructions

  1. Dry roast cumin seeds on a griddle or tava until browned and an aroma rises; you will know when you smell it! Keep aside.

  2. Lightly roast coriander seeds and keep aside.

  3. Lightly roast red chillies and keep aside. Chillies burn very quickly, so be careful, keep stirring/turning over.

  4. Place all ingredients in a grinder and grind to a powder. You can keep it a little coarse, if you use it mainly on fruit chaat.

  5. Keep in an airtight jar.

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