Chaat is India’s favourite genre of snacking street food. It can be anything from nacho-like assortments of chutneys and yoghurt over fried breads, to more substantial versions with samosas or pakoras.






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  • 2 corn cobs
  • ½ small red onion, finely sliced
  • 1-cm piece ginger, grated
  • 1 small green chilli, sliced
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Korean chilli powder
  • 120 g (1 cup) besan (chickpea flour)
  • 500 ml (2 cups) vegetable oil, for shallow frying

Chaat masala

  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp Korean chilli powder
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp green mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp salt

To serve

  • 1 tbsp Branston pickle or Indian date chutney
  • ¼ cup yoghurt
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • ¼ small red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves and stalks, roughly chopped

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Serves 2-4 as a snack.

  1. Strip the kernels from the corn with a knife, then combine in a bowl with the onion, ginger, chilli, spices and chickpea flour. Add about 125 ml (½ cup) water and mix to a thick batter.
  2. Heat the oil in a small wok or saucepan to 175°C and fry spoonfuls of the batter for about 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack placed over a tray.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the chaat masala, toast the spices in a dry frying pan together with the salt, then blend in a spice grinder to a coarse powder.
  4. Top the pakoras with a sprinkling of chaat masala, then a little Branston pickle (or date chutney), yoghurt, tomato, finely chopped onion and coriander leaves.



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