Try chaat, India’s most popular street food

If your stomach is strong enough, I suggest trying out India’s most famous street dish called the “chaat”. This particular dish is so popular that most of us Indians will walk out of the house just to have a plate of chaat from the local street vendor. Most Indian localities will have one of these street food carts. As you can see below, the chaat is made of chickpeas with chillies and other hot spices. You think of a spice and it’s in it. The brown sauce running down the yoghurt is tamarind sauce, the classic ingredient of chaat that gives it that tangy taste. It will also have dried ginger and pepper, coriander leaves, onions, dried noodles, and aloo tikkis or samosas. If you love Indian food, you’ll love the chaat.

Bhalla Papdi Chaat

Bhalla Papdi Chaat. Photo by “Souvik Das Gupta”

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55 Responses to “Try chaat, India’s most popular street food”

  1. Gowtham says:

    Tastey Post !!!!!I have tasted it !!!!!!Informative Post
    Thanku for posting

  2. Looks great Shalu! Is this a Northern Indian of Southern Indian type of dish? Might have to grab me a plate in Pondicherry today ;)

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  3. Aqib Khan says:

    Great Dish Shalu!

    Huff! It’s really looking Tasty. Truly, Now i feel like to eat this Chaat! Well, I ate Chaat sometime but i hope it will better than all! :)
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  4. Hi Shalu,

    It surely IS YUM :)

    An all time favorite at our end with all of us, and I’m glad I manage to make it off and on, but the taste that you get at the shops and the expertise with which they make it is awesome.

    Some places are well known for their chat, though nowadays you get it all over the place. Not to mention that you can always ask or a combination of things or chutney’s you’d prefer on it…you got my mouth watering. :)

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend :)
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  5. Pramod says:

    I love chaats . I eat paani puri every 2 days and i’ve been addicted to it .I would recommend foreigners to try out paani puri or bhel puri and am sure they’ll enjoy it . Thanks for sharing the information Shalu .

    -Pramod
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  6. Jones says:

    Wow ! Chat is so delicious . I have tasted this many times and its so delicious and yummy . My mouth gets filled with water :D

  7. Manu says:

    Yummy..! I am enjoy Chat many times with friends in collages days.
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  8. Sunidhi says:

    Hi Shalu

    India is known for its spicy food specifically north india. When you talk about indian fast/road side food then Chaat, Gol-gappa, Bhel-puri, tikki will be on the top of list.

    Thanks for yummy post

  9. Prasad Np says:

    I think your first lines sums it up: If you have a strong stomach :) But the taste is worth trying and enjoying. :)
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  10. Agness says:

    The dish looks so yummy and I would definitely try it if I ever made it to India. Love samosas and naan bread so I guess I would enjoy chaat as well :-D!

  11. Hi Shalu!

    It is 11 p.m. here and I am hungry now! Craving Indian food :( This dish looks like something I would surely love to eat.

    The spicier the better for me!

    -Donna

  12. Pawas says:

    What would our lives be without “chaat”! I wonder? It does not matter if it costs Rs 15 in a town or Rs 80 in a food court in a tier 1 city. Once you go street food in India, you never go back to your regular boring diet. :p

  13. Thanks for your post…..its very tasty…nice dish…
    The dish looks so yummy and I would definitely try it if I ever made it to India.

  14. Pooja says:

    Yummy in tummy!!! Love to eat chat but I am completely fan for Hot Pani Puri :D
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  15. Zeeshan says:

    Yummy in tummy… This is one of my favourite food all time. I am really missing it. Will eat soon

  16. I. C. Daniel says:

    Looks good. I can’t agree with “street food”, mainly when it comes to this elaborated food.

    Have a great week shalu’. Still waiting news about tunisian traveller. :D
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  17. Chaat Recipes says:

    I need to bring my life partner to India. Specially at Mumbai Chopatti to taste all Indian street foods. Simply yummy :)
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  18. Chaat is really very delicious food of India. Chaat is local food of India & it can be found anywhere in India like in local city & stand area too. In fact most of women’s like to eat chaat.

  19. ummy in tummy!!! Love to eat this………Chaat is very delicious, I love it.

  20. Rita lopes says:

    Hi shalu,
    yup i totally agree with you its the best street food and it is very delicious dish even i also love it . Thank you for sharing such Indian culture things with us
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  21. Pooja Sharma says:

    i love it…it is my best street food. thank u so much for sharing mam….

  22. Anetta Bursh says:

    There we go with chaat! They do not look like street food when they are on the plate. Thanks for posting at least we can tell of them and take a bit when we visit. ~ Anetta

  23. Aleah says:

    Aww too bad I haven’t had these. Actually I don’t remember seeing it on the streets. Hmm… with the way it looks, I wouldn’t have bought it anyway, unless an Indian was with me!
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  25. I wonder what would be the taste of a mix of spicy and tangy. Seems interesting.

  26. Kamal says:

    Yes, Thanks for your post…..its very tasty…nice dish… The dish looks so yummy and I would definitely try it if I ever made it to India. Keep sharing.

  27. Rajesh Kumar says:

    Awesome, I just love chaat, In fact I love to eat Paani Poori and Choole Bhatoore of Nehru Place in New Delhi,

    I also like Bread Pakora’s of Okhla railway station, its tasty but the feeling you get is even more tasty :)
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  28. Anil says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing ,Really its Nice food,So many lovers have Pani poori,chat…:)

  29. Ravi says:

    Yummm!! What fantastic looking pic here! I am not a chaat fan but your Bhalla Papdi Chaat pic are tempting me away (can you parcel me please :p)
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  30. Sunita says:

    I Love Chaat too like every Indian!!! It’s very testy and nice vag dish of India.

  31. HI,

    Chaat papdi is awesome delicious food. When I came in india last time then i taste it. it supurbbbbbbb.

  32. Prerna says:

    This post is so so mouth watering. I am literally going to eat chaat now.

  33. Vikas Bhatt says:

    This food looks really yummy, would love to have a bite :D

  34. sanjay says:

    Really awesome post and pic. I would like eat chaat Daily One of the my favorite Street Food..

  35. SK says:

    Really awesome post about popular chaats. The pic is extremely good and the chaat look yummy. Will definitely try out Bhalla papdi chaat. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Bespoke India Holidays says:

    Very testy!! I can’t control if I was see chaat.According to me, this is a beautifully written info and the pictures are absolutely “Beautiful”real pic.. Thanks for sharing your wonderful suggestions.

  37. Neha Bajaj says:

    Yummy Yummy. This is so mouth watering. Would tell my mom to make this for me.

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