Indian cuisine is increasingly becoming popular all over the world. Numerous entrepreneurs have made use of the opportunities available abroad and have established Indian restaurants everywhere across the globe including in countries such as Australia, The USA, and Canada. For decades now, Indian food has been travelling far and wide. It is not only available at many international destinations but the delectable Indian dishes are also a hot favourite with the natives.
Indian cuisine is actually gaining momentum as numerous international chefs are reinventing popular Indian delicacies for catering to the taste buds of a much broader audience of gourmets. Some popular Indian dishes include the various Chaats, Samosa, Puchka, Masala Dosa, Kebabs, Biryani, Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh, Malai Kofta, Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry, Naan etc. Indian dishes are extremely popular all over the world. We would be discussing the popular street food of India called the chaats that originated in the streets of India but are available today in most Indian restaurants abroad.
What Are Chaats
Chaats originated mostly as a street food in North India but today it has gained recognition and popularity practically worldwide. According to the history connoisseurs, chaats had originated in Shah Jahan’s royal kitchen. Once the emperor was very unwell. His doctor advised him to eat food items that are truly light on the stomach but really high on spices for fortifying his immunity power. This led to the discovery of the super-delicious and absolutely mind-blowing chaats that are tasty, tangy, and really spicy.
Chaats are very much in demand all over India and nowadays even in foreign lands. It is comprised assorted ingredients that are placed mostly in layers and served with various chutneys including mint chutney, coriander chutney, tamarind chutney etc. and ground masalas such as the roasted jeera masala, chaat masala, Kashmiri mirchi, and even rock salt for an added punch. Here are some of the most loved Indian chaats that are available in most reputed Indian restaurants in Australia as starters. Some of the most popular and finger-licking chaats include the Dahi Chaat Puris, Papdi Chaat, Aloo Tikki Chaat, Pani Puri, Aloo Tikki Chaat Etc.
The Dahi Puri is a super delicious starter and are made from refined flour and rolled out in tiny round shapes. These papris are rolled out and then deep-fried for getting the crispy or the crunchy feel. Pani puri shells would be stuffed with a nice mashed potato mix with chickpeas, chopped coriander, and chillies. Then a little bit of curd is beaten smoothly and drizzled over the stuffed dahi puchkas. A little bit of sev and some tasty chutneys are finally, added for adding an extra punch.
Papdis are crispy flat and round pastry that is rolled out and then deep-fried until they are really crispy. Then a mixture of finely chopped onions, boiled potato, and tomato are garnished with curd and tamarind chutney and other spices such as roasted cumin seeds and chaat masala.
These are hollow chips that are stuffed with a super-delicious, tangy and spicy mixture of boiled and mashed potato, chickpeas, finely chopped coriander leaves and finely chopped green chillies. Several authentic Indian spice powders are added to the filling. Now, these hollow chips are dipped in tasty and tangy tamarind water and served instantly.
This is a truly lip-smacking combination of puffed rice, potato cubes, sev, finely chopped onions, chillies, and coriander leaves. Coconut slices chopped finely and even roasted peanuts are added for the extra punch. Sweet and sour chutney is added to make this sea beach specialty a great hit.