Aloo chaat recipe – Aloo chaat is one of the most popular street foods made with potatoes, sweet sour spicy chutneys & sev. It is eaten as an appetizer or Snack. Apart from aloo chaat, Bhel puri, Pav bhaji, Aloo tikki & samosa are some of the other popular street foods of India. There are different ways of making aloo chaat. The most popular one is the Delhi style Aloo chaat.
The one I am sharing here is a simple home style one. This is very quick to make if you have some steamed or boiled potatoes in hand.
Usually for making aloo chaat, potatoes are deep fried till crispy. But here I have roasted the boiled potatoes till golden on a tawa. However you can also deep fry them if you prefer crisp fried aloo in the chaat.
You can also make a sweet potato chaat the same way, just by replacing the potatoes.
Tips to make aloo chaat
- The most popular delhi style aloo chaat is made by deep frying the aloo. However potatoes can also be shallow fried or tawa fried. They can also be grilled in an oven. To make it healthier, I have parboiled the aloo first and then sauteed in oil until crisp.
- Sweet tamarind chutney gives a sweet and sour taste to the aloo chaat. If you do not have the chutney, you can just skip it and use some lemon juice. However the flavor of tamarind chutney cannot be recreated by using lemon juice.
- I have also used green chutney as I had it in hand. You can skip it completely if you do not prefer. The chaat will still taste good.
- Chaat masala is the key ingredient to any chaat. There is no replacement to this as it lends a unique aroma of spices. So do not skip it.
- For a variation you can also make a dahi aloo chaat by topping this with some thick curd or dahi, tamarind chutney, spice powders, sev & pomegranate arils.
Simple aloo chaat recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
Ingredients for aloo chaat
- 2 large potatoes cubed
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp garlic or ginger chopped
- 1 green chili chopped
- ½ tsp cumin powder roasted jeera powder (optional)
- Salt as needed
- 1/8 tsp chaat masala powder
- ¼ to ½ tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
- 2 to 4 tbsps nylon sev
- 2 tbsp pomegranate arils (replace with sweet raisins & roasted cashews)
- ½ to ¾ tsp lemon juice or sweet tamarind chutney
(optional) green chutney (1 to 2 tsps)
- ¼ to ½ cup coriander leaves
- 4 to 6 mint leaves or pudina (optional)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/8 inch ginger
- 1 tsp fried gram (optional)
- 1 tbsp water if needed
- salt very little or as needed
How to make the recipe
Preparation for aloo chaat
- Wash and peel potatoes. Cube them to 1 inch pieces and soak in water until used.
- Optional – To make green chutney, add coriander leaves, pudina, garlic, ginger, fried gram and salt to a mini blender jar. Add 1 tbsp water. Make a fine smooth green chutney. Set this aside.
How to make aloo chaat – Method 1 – No deep fry
- Boil potatoes till al dente. They must be just cooked without turning mushy. You can steam or pressure cook or boil them in a pot. Cool these completely and cube.
- Add oil to a pan and heat it. Add ginger or garlic and green chili.
- Next add the potatoes and saute on a high flame until golden and little crisp. Turn off the stove.
Method 2 – Deep fry
- Parboil cubed potatoes for few minutes. Drain and wipe off excess moisture.
- Heat half cup oil in a deep pan. When the oil is hot enough drop the potato cubes and deep fry until crisp and cooked through. Remove to a mixing plate.
Make aloo chaat
- Next to the hot fried potatoes, add red chilli powder, chaat masala powder, very little salt and cumin powder.
- Add green chutney, tamarind chutney or lemon juice. Check the salt and spice.
- Mix well and transfer aloo chaat to a serving plate.
- Add some coriander leaves, sev and pomegranate arils or raisins and cashews. Serve aloo chaat immediately.
1. Wash, peel and boil the potatoes in whatever way you prefer. They must be just cooked al dente and not turn mushy. I usually cube them and steam in a cooker just to make sure they don’t over cook. If you prefer to deep fry the potatoes then just parboil them for a while.
2. While the aloo boils, add all the ingredients mentioned to make green chutney to a mini blender jar. The quantity to make the chutney mentioned in the recipe card is too less and may be hard to blend in a normal jar unless using a mini jar. So you can check this post on green chutney to make more quantity.
3. Add oil to the pan. Add ginger or garlic and green chilies. or Alternately If you prefer deep fried crisp potatoes, then parboil potatoes. Wipe dry with a cloth. Heat oil in a kadai. Fry the potatoes in the hot oil until crisp and cooked thoroughly. Then skip to step 6. But I am just showing pan fried method here.
4. Add the potatoes and saute on a high flame stirring often.
5. They will turn golden in few minutes. They will also turn slightly crisp if potato is boiled al dente. Turn off the stove.
6. Add chaat masala powder and very little salt. There is salt also in the chutney so make sure you don’t add more here.
7. Also add red chili powder and jeera or cumin powder.
How to make aloo chaat
8. Mix everything well and transfer to a bowl.
9. Add green chutney & tamarind chutney or lemon juice.
10. Mix everything. Do adjust spice, chaat masala, cumin powder, green chutney, salt and lemon juice to suit your taste buds. If needed add more at this stage.
Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle some coriander leaves, generous amount of nylon sev and pomegranate seeds. You can replace pomegranate seeds with some sweet raisins and roasted cashews.
Serve aloo chaat immediately.