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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57 thoughts on “Try chaat, India’s most popular street food

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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 .


  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. Hi Shalu,

    Reading your article and the comments above, I already know that this street food is really worth to try when I visited your country. Thank you for the information.

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