Thursday, May 21, 2009

Aloo chat and pulling double duty

There is a place a few miles from my house which serves the most awesome chat.

For the novice, chat (pronounced chaat) is Indian street food. I like to think of it as the Indian version of tapas. Small bite sized portions, intensely flavored and found in every street corner in India.

The balance of flavors have to be just right. Sweet, salty, sour... The spice mix involves a pretty complex blend of spices and who has the time for that? So I use a ready-made chat mix you can get from any Asian store.

As part of the monthly Daring Baker's challenge, I had to do a strudel and decided to do something sweet and something spicy. So I figured I'd let the potatoes pull double duty.

Its really easy to make and the flavors just explode in your mouth! If you have pomegranates, try adding a few seeds. The crunch and the sweetness will only enhance this dish.

Aloo chat

Potatoes, diced small- 2
Red onion, diced small-1/4 cup
Sprouts-1/4 cup
Garlic cloves, minced-2
Chat masala- 1 tsp.
oil- 2 tblsp
salt to taste
pepper to taste.

Boil the potatoes in boiling water till crisp tender and drain.

Add oil in a pan and add the garlic. Add the potatoes and fry till golden brown. Add salt, pepper and the chat masala and fry for a minute. Add the sprouts and mix and remove from stove.
When it cools, add the onion and mix well.

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