A combination of thick cut crispy chips, herbs, and spices brings this combination to life this summer! A little bit of everything can be found in this bowl of goodness. Almost feels like an “empty your pantry and refrigerator snack”. But it is truly flavorful and one to hang on to! Plus, if you are a spice loving person, then these chaat chips will definitely hit the spot!
What is Chaat?
Chaat is a form of snack that consists of a distinct masala. The masala is a mixture of jaljeera, black salt, and other specific spices that taste really good when mixed with the right ingredients. It is also a very popular form of a street snack in India. This particular type of a snack is available throughout the country with various different main ingredients, but the base of tomato, onion, and cilantro remain the same.
You can purchase Chaat Masala at any Indian Grocery Stores spice section, but given the current Corona Virus era you can also purchase on Amazon. Here is a brand I recommend.
I have made this variation with chips because it is what’s available to us in the United States. Instead of using a mixture/salsa as a dip, I incorporated it into a bowl and spoon snack. Traditionally served in newspaper cones, but with Covid bringing light to us about germs… I have opted to leave out that traditional aspect and jump on the wagon of being more social friendly :).
My favorite is a really thick and crunchy kettle cooked version of chip but you can use any variation you have on hand. The thicker chips take longer to become soggy which is why I opt for them. You can also take some help from the Indian Grocery Store and use any of the flavored variations they sell depending on your taste preference.
- baby showers
- house warming
- adult birthday parties
After mixing the chips with the mixture/salsa, it will need to be consumed ASAP. This will prevent the chips from getting soggy. With that said, if you are wanting to take this to a party or gathering I recommend keeping the chips and mixture/salsa separate. Let your guests decide how much or how little they want.
Recipe for Chaat Chips
A variation of chips mixed with spices, herbs, and vegetables that is a great snack to consume any time of the day-literally!
- 10 oz salted potato chips
- 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 fresh jalapeno, finely chopped
- 1 tsp red chili powder (more or less)
- 1 tsp chaat masala (more or less)
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
- oil (optional)
- chaat masala
- red chili powder
Crush the potato chips… (I know, my heart aches smooshing those perfectly large chips too).
In a large bowl, mix the 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped onions, 2 chopped jalapeno peppers, 1 tsp chaat masala, 1 tsp ed chili powder, and lime juice together.
Mix the chips and the salsa together. Add oil and a sprinkle of salt, then combine well with your hands while crushing the chips a little more (works best).
Serve ASAP with extra optional toppings (chaat masala, red chili powder, lime juice, cilantro, etc)
- For a large gathering lay out the chips, salsa, and toppings.
- Lime juice tastes best, but lemon juice can be substituted.
- Extra salt is recommended for this dish to bring out the flavors of the fresh ingredients.