Chaat Masala Powder – A must have Indian Street Food Spice Blend

Chaat Masala Powder – A must have Indian Street Food Spice Blend

Chaat Masala powder is an Indian Spice blend comprising of select spices with generous amount of Amchur Powder or Raw Mango Powder and Black salt or Kala Namak in Hindi to provide the tangy and salty balance in all your chaats. It is a must for most of the street food style Indian snacks like Sev Puri, Pani Puri, Dahi Vada, Dahi Papdi Chaat or fried foods like Samosa, bhajiyas (fried fritters) etc. A generous sprinkling of this spice blend on top of these snacks really elevates the taste.

Homemade Chaat Masala Powder
Chaat Masala Powder

If you are a Chaat fans just like us at home, then this spice blend is an absolute must in your pantry. After all, nothing like home made freshly ground spices or masalas that are aromatic, flavourful and preservative free.

Chaats are usually a weekend affair or parties at home. The home made Chaat Masala powder can also be sprinkled on top of anything – from say regular salads comprising of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions to a fruit chaat that is a mixture of cut fruits with some lime juice and a generous sprinkling of chaat masala powder.

Dahi Vada or a plate of freshly fried bhajiyas are incomplete without a sprinkle of chaat masala on top. Do try the popular Gujarati snack Dakor Na Gota from the blog which is originally a fried snack but I have made it much healthier by choosing it to cook in an appe pan with few drops of oil.

This home made chaat masala powder can be also used to sprinkle on your sandwiches at home. The recently posted Veggies and Paneer loaded sandwich could also be tried with a sprinkling of chaat masala powder and it would taste delicious. I love the fact when the Chaat Masala doubles up as a Sandwich masala too. I usually use the same masala to sprinkle on salads, sandwiches and even snacks or chaats as stated above.

Homemade Chaat Masala Powder
Chaat Masala Powder

It is not at all difficult to make home made masalas and they are much more aromatic and flavourful than the store bought ones. A few seconds of roasting the ingredients, pulsing them in a mixer grinder and you have the most aromatic blend of spices that can be stored in a cool dry place or you can also stock them in the refrigerator for months together.

Each family has their own recipe and this is my version of the Chaat Masala powder that we at home enjoy thoroughly. I hope you try this out and let me know how you enjoyed the chaats, salads and sandwiches at home.

Recipe for Chaat Masala Powder – A must have Indian Street Food Spice Blend

The cup size used for this recipe is a 60ml cup, since I make small batches of masalas at home. 

Time Taken 20 mins and makes a small batch of masala as shown in the picture.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup Cumin Seeds or Jeera
  2. 2 heaped tblsp of Coriander seeds or Dhania
  3. 1 tblsp Whole Black Pepper
  4. 2-3 nos. Whole Red chillies
  5. 3 tblsp of Amchur Powder or Dry Mango Powder
  6. 1 tblsp (heaped) Black Salt or Kala Namak
  7. 1 tsp Iodized Salt
  8. 1 tsp Hing

Method

  1. Dry Roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, red chillies, black pepper for few seconds until you experience a lovely aroma of the spices. Be careful not to brown or roast them too much.
  2. Allow the spices to cool and then grind them in a mixer grinder jar.
  3. Remove and then add the salt – both kala namak and iodized salt. Mix well with a clean dry spoon.
  4. Now add the amchur powder, mix everything well and blitz everything together once so that the masalas mix together.
  5. Now sieve this masala powder along with hing. Mix well again, check for the amchur and salt levels, in case you prefer more tangy, add the amchur accordingly else store it in a cool dry glass bottle.
  6. Stays good without refrigeration for couple of months.

Recipe Notes

  • Use whole red chillies that provide a slight spice not too much colour. I have used Guntur Red chillies. They are spicy but don’t affect the colour at all. Kashmiri Red chillies are also good, just add 1 not more.
  • Always cool the roasted whole spices before grinding.
  • Chaat Masala is all about your taste buds. Some people prefer more aamchur while others prefer the salt. Try adding a little at a time so that the masalas don’t go waste.
  • This masala doubles up as a Sandwich masala at home for me so I have added the ingredients accordingly.

Vidya Narayan

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    1. Minaji, the hing and salts are the key ingredients. Besides Kala Namak in masalas always work best and chaat masala gets that unique taste with Kala namak only and not with the iodized salt. This i realised when I made the first batch and added only the iodized salt. Thanks so much

  1. Vidya,good share, seriously didn’t know that so many spices go into a chaat masala.. just took that important masala for granted. Definitely bookmarked. Will make them at home when the one I have gets over.

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