Perhaps the origination is in North India in Uttar Pradesh. But Chaat a collective term for a variety of hot, spicy and delicious snacks finds place all over India. The variations are mind boggling but the basic items and ingredients are central.
Chaat and women in India are inseparable. The proclivity for these tongue tingling heart burning delicacies entice women young and old. This is India's version of fast food besides some others. The health benefits are nil but gastronomic satisfaction is complete.
Rich or poor, young or old people from all walks of life consume these items without hesitation at roadside stall on the handcart. The savory delight has taken India by storm and many parts of Asia as well.
The most popular items are:
Of these consumption of pani puri is the highest followed by Aloo Tikki. Pani Puri is a deep fried fluffy bread which is filled with spice water, tamarind chutney, curd, boiled chick peas and liberal doses of masalas.
Most of the items are deep fried and sprinkled with varieties of spices, green chillies, red chillies, ginger, onion and fine sev (Salty Noodles). Curd is often used as addition especially Dhai Bhalla which is deep fried patty mixed placed in curd and added with rock salt, red chillies, tamarind sauce and garnished with herbs.
Herbal powder like amchoor and saunth (dried ginger powder) accord a tangy acerbic flavor which delights the taste buds no end. All chaat preparations have a regional touch and some have a unique characteristic flavor that makes it more popular.
The stalls that sell are craftily designed wooden carts that are rolled down from home to a busy corner in an Indian Baazar. Most of the items are prepared on the home and basic heating, mixing and sprinkling is done as the customers demand.
Regular chaat eaters are dedicated visitors to these stalls and often strike a rapport with the vendor. Frowned by the health conscious chaat is here to stay and spread over in many parts of the World. This Indian version of fast food sell more than other fast food sold in swanky uptown joints.