11 September, 2008

Care for Some Aloo Tikki-Chole Chaat?!

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Aloo Tikki-Chole Chaat

Inside a small restaurant with double glazed window you will find a number of posters of Bollywood stars smiling at you. There are small granite tables with pickle and chutney trays on top and matching red velvet cushioned chairs. Large framed photograph of Guru Nanak is hung just above the cashier’s desk and a small table fan is rotating gently. The aroma of food being cooked inside the kitchen is intoxicating and people are busy savouring plates of Naans, Curries, Chaats, Indian sweets & Kebabs. Come out of the restaurant you will find women in colourful saris and salwar kameez, men wearing colourful turbans and kurtas, pavement food stalls selling Samosas, Chaats and Jalebi, small shops selling mobile phones and bright fabrics in rainbow colours hanging in shop fronts. Add to this the Bhangra music and sweet smell of incense and spices is in the air. Am I in India?

Welcome to Mini India in London a.k.a Southall. For one moment you will forget that you are in West London and feel you are walking on the streets of any Indian market. No one can be blamed for getting confused as you can hardly see any Goora face among all Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshis. Chandini Chowk, Apna Baazar, Garam Chai, Pooja Ghar, Jalebi Junction etc are the few of hundreds of Restaurants, Spice shops, Chat shops in Southall. It is a food Mecca for people like us staying away from home as the food smells and tastes very close to what we find back home. Ranging from south Indian Idli and Dosa served on Banana leaves to North Indian Chaats and Naans served on road side, you will find almost all the colour and flavours of India. So if you are visiting London, don’t miss our own Mini India.

Having eaten (read stuffed or hogged) varieties of Chaats till we could hardly move our sweet seats, surprisingly we were craving for more Chaat after we came back home. So we set to create same magic in our kitchen with something we could make very quickly. And thankfully we had made Chole for dinner two days back and we had enough quantity of 3 delicious chutneys (Spicy Red Chilli Chutney, Green Mint Chutney & Sweet Date-Tamarind Chutney) stocked from our previous weeks Chaat party. So we set to create Aloo Tikki-Chole Chaat by making fresh batch of Aloo Tikkis. I made Tikkis with just boiled potatoes and few spices and with in no time hot, sweet and spicy batch of Aloo Tikki-Chole Chaat were ready to please our taste buds. If preparing every thing from scratch it might take more time and effort but trust me when I say it’s worth all the hard work. I am giving here detailed recipes for Aloo Tikki, Chole and all the chutneys used to make this delicious Chaat. Make it during leisure and enjoy. And don’t forget to make big batch of aloo tikkies as you can easily freeze them and when ever heart desires. This delicious plate of much loved Indian street food makes its way to Lucy of Nurish Me who is gust hosting My Legume Love Affair-Third Helping started by dear Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook. So without any delay, here we go…

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Plate of Aloo Tikki-Chole Chaat

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Aloo Tikki-Chole Chaat (Potato cutlets served with spiced chickpeas and delicious chutneys and topped with onion and crunchy Sev)
Prep Time: 15-20 mins
Cooking Time: 30-35 mins
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients:
For Chole:
1 cup White Chickpeas/Kabuli Channa, soaked over night and cooked or 1 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp Kasuri Methi
1 tsp Garam Masala
½ tsp Amchur/Dry Mango Powder
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida (Optional but recommended)
Salt to taste

Ground to Smooth Paste:
For Onion Paste:
1 large Onion, roughly chopped
½ inch Cinnamon stick
2 Green Cardamoms
2 Cloves
½ inch Ginger, peeled
3 cloves of Garlic

For Tomato Paste:
3 large juicy Tomatoes/1 can chopped Tomato
2-3 Green Chillies (Adjust acc to taste)
1-2 tbsp Tomato Paste (Optional)
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Bowl of Chole
For Aloo Tikki:
3 large Potatoes
½-¾ cup Bread Crumbs/2-3 Bread Slices
½ tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Roasted Jeera/Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Jeera/Cumin Powder
¼ tsp Coriander Powder
1 tbsp Corn Flour (Adjust acc to requirement)
Salt to taste
Little Oil, for pan frying
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Aloo Tikki with Chutneys
For Sweet Tamarind-Date Chutney:
1 lemon sized Tamarind Pulp, soaked in water
6-8 Dates, pitted
½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
4-6 tbsp Jaggary (adjust acc to taste)
Salt to taste

For Green Mint Chutney:
1 packed cup Mint Leaves
½ packed cup Coriander Leaves
4-6 Green Chillies (adjust acc to taste)
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Tamarind Paste
Salt to taste

For Spicy Red Chutney:
10 Dry Red Chillies
2-3 Garlic flakes
1 small Tomato (Optional, it helps in grinding the chillies to smooth paste)
½ tsp Tamarind Paste
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
Salt to taste

For Curd/Yogurt Filling:
3 cups Yogurt, beaten till smooth
1 tsp roasted Jeera/Cumin Powder
1 tbsp Sugar
Big Pinch of Black Salt/Kaala Namak or Salt

Other Ingredients:
1 medium Red Onion, chopped
½-1 cup Sev
2-3 tbsp Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
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Plate of Aloo Tikki-Chole Chaat

Method:
For Chole:
Heat oil in a pan and add hing and cumin seeds. When it starts to sizzle, mix in onion paste. Keep stirring at medium heat till the onion paste turns light golden brown and becomes little dry, about 6-8 mins.
Add garam masala, kitchen king masala, kasuri methi and stir for few seconds. Now mix in tomato paste, amchur powder, and salt to taste. Cook the gravy in medium heat, for about 5-7 mins, stirring in between.
Mix in cooked chickpeas and add about a cup of water. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring in between. Add more water if needed and adjust the seasonings.
Garnish with coriander leaves and it is ready to be served.

For Sweet Tamarind-Date Chutney:
Grind all ingredients listed to very smooth paste adding very little water at time. This paste should be little thick not runny.

For Green Mint Chutney:
Grind all the ingredients listed to smooth paste adding very little water at time. Adjust the number of green chillies according to taste. I personally like little hot. Make sure that the chutney is not very watery.

For Spicy Red Chutney:
Grind all the ingredients to very smooth paste adding very little water at time. If you find it difficult to grind, add small tomato (tip learnt from my favourite Chaatwalah).

For Curd/Yogurt Filling:
Beat the curd/yogurt till its smooth without any lumps. Now mix in powdered roasted cumin, sugar and salt to taste.

For Aloo Tikki:
Cook potato till tender, peel and mash well. Keep it aside till it is slightly cooled.
If using bread slices, dip the slices in cold water and squeeze to remove the water. Crumble them with hands and add to the mashed potatoes. If using bread crumbs, directly mix with mashed potatoes.
Mix in garam masala, roasted cumin seeds and powder, coriander powder, salt to taste and corn flour and combine well. Adjust the corn flour as per requirement as it helps in holding the shape of tikkies while frying.
Make a small lemon sized balls and press them down. Shape them into round or oval shape (about 1 cm thick round or oval tikkies).
Heat tawa/griddle and place tikkies on it. Add about 1 tsp of oil for each tikkies and fry them on medium to low heat on both the sides till they turn golden brown. Repeat till you have cooked all the tikkies and place them in a paper napkin to remove excess oil. Alternatively you can also bake the tikkies till they turn gold and crisp on both the sides.

How to Assemble and Serve:
Place 2-3 Aloo Tikkies on serving plate. Pour 1-2 ladles full of Chole. On top of it, drizzle spoonfuls of Spicy Red Chutney, Sweet Date-Tamarind Chutney, Green Mint-Coriander Chutney & Spiced Yogurt. Now add spoonfuls of chopped red onion, Sev and chopped coriander leaves and serve immediately.


Notes:
Store leftover Aloo Tikkies in zip lock bag and freeze it upto a month. When needed place them on hot griddle or oven and cook till it is heated through on both the sides.
You can also freeze the chutneys upto a month.
Other Chatakdar Chaats to tempt you
See another variation of Aloo Tikki

63 comments:

  1. ummmmm....well looking at pictures i felt, i was sitting in a restaurant and gazing at the yummy spread,and was about to take a bite....that i gained consciousness....and came to know this was yet another post of Sia,just to kick me back in kitchen to cook such devilish things..and i hate you for tempting me that much...lol

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  2. LOL, you crack me up Alka. and that was one quick response:) and what should i say to all those yummies u keep posting. everytime i look at the pic i run to m kitchen to grab anything which makes me feel little better :) any sindhi recipes coming at ur blog? warn me well in advance so that i dont visit ur blog before lunch or dinner ;)

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  3. looks really nice. the weather is soo cold out here am tempted to eat it right now .. I have known it as Ragada Patties during my Mumbai days N I really havent eaten it since we moved out of mumbai .. reminds of of that .. Iam blaming you for increasing my hunger pangs :(

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  4. Yes please... a big bowlful of that would be just awesome!! :) Everything looks fabulous, particularly the Chole.

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  5. Wow aloo tikki and chole chaat looks welcoming and what a coincidence dear i too posted aloo tikkis today.

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  6. Sia, you're really tempting me now...what a wonderful spread :-).

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  7. ok i warn u,coz i had just put up a post,but alas u will have to visit ,coz that one is for Tried and tested he he he he he he
    But u will be rewarded for ur visit there,coz i had passed on some awards to u..I know u have already got almost all the awards circulating in blogosphere,but cant help appreciating the good work again and again

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  8. Sia, that had me transported to India and yes Alka expressed it well. Looks so real and yet so far :)

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  9. mmmmm...u driving me crazeeee with all the chaat early in the am, sia :) u know what, i had made tikki yest ;)

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  10. woow... very tempting... it is my breakfast and wish i could grab one from ur blog. tikki chole chaat is my all time favorite chaat

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  11. Mindblowing pics!!!! jus amazing!!
    mouthwatering pictures.....way to go!!! lovely recipe...

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  12. I was enjoying reading your writeup and then I scrolled down to see the photos that were so real. As if one was not enough to tempt me I see more closeups of the same. My god Sai, its morning here in San Diego and I am already taking inventory of the things I have in my kitchen and making plans to make aloo tikki's. :)

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  13. Sia you make me crazy sometimes. I checked ur dabeli, one more chat item and this one. M gone mad after looking at them perfect yar. Too good :). M surprised how do you do this magic :)

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  14. you're having way too much fun. in southall, we used to call KFC "kapurthala fried chicken".

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  15. I had just this for dinner yesterdy and surely I can have more!!

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  16. OMG....everything looks so good. You've seriously made me crave some chaat now and I've just finished dinner.

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  17. I just now had my breakfast and girl u made me hungry...look at the pics...who will say a no to those .....yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy!

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  18. UR POST REMINDED ME OF CHAT SHOPAT MY HOMETOWN...ENJOYED READIN ABOUT SOUTHHALL,...;-)

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  19. oh wow..thats really looking out of the restaurant!..sia..tell me..how much time do you spend on clicking these pictures..and how can you resist not eating them..heheh..

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  20. Sia, your pics & recipes never cease to amaze me. They look so perfect and mouth watering.

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  21. The chaat looks soooo yummy!
    Do you cook the aloo tikki and then freeze them? When I try to freeze them, they always turn soggy irrespective of covering them in air tight containers!

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  22. Is that a question you should even be asking!! Just fix me a platter straight, pls :-D.

    I can't resist the temptation to say, "Sia, yeh tune kya kiya" ;).

    hugs,
    musical.

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  23. wow super yours is different method of ingredients for aloo tikki. Well nice pics...

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  24. Sia, these recipes are amazing! So are you for pulling this table full of goodies together. All the beautiful ingredients and attention to details really pop!

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  25. I visited Southall, u re right mini India atmosphere!
    Delicious Chaat, did u made it or click at the rest? Just kidding...all ur snacks are tempting me to give a try for T& T :)

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  26. Yes i do...Can you parcel some over:) btw, read about your chili lime tofu recipe with quinoa...its one tempting recipe for sure...not to mention the pics which are droolworthy.

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  27. Wow, what a spread! You are making me hungry Sia. Yumm-O!

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  28. u are making me soooooooo hungry miss sia! Its 3:30 here and i am stuck with a pear. Its raining outside and i would have really liked some alootikkichaat! That was a wonderful description of Southall...should come visit London :-)

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  29. Ohh ohh...I want some chat now. We get horrible chat here, so if I want to eat, I have to make it myself :(. I think I will have to make some soon, I am drooling..

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  30. That chaat looks absolutely divine Sia.. Can I have some?? please. :0)

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  31. now you got me all drooling...I wish i were your neighbour :-)

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  32. wow.... what a colour ... Realllyfantastic & Amazing... Really mouth watering...

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  33. I am drooling!!!! and i can't even run to the kitchen right now as i am at work :(

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  34. ure pictures make me hungry......and this aloo tikki chaat, i use to have it so much in delhi. loved it. make it at home so many times. really mouthwatering recipe and mouthwatering pictures

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  35. Wow Sia, my mouth is watering and I wish all that's in the pic is at my table this instant. No patience to make and eat. Aloo tikki looks sooooooooooooo tempting. Thanks for this recipe.

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  36. The pictures look really delicious, Sia! We have a similar mini India in our area too and I can imagine exactly what you are talking about :) After reading your post, I feel like going to that place and having a chaat and masala chai right now :)

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  37. Hi Sia,

    Wonderful Chat!!!!!! Lovely presentation:-) Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  38. Yummyyyyy Sia.. that spread is so nice.. i would love to have this..tumba layaka iddu

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  39. Pics are mouth-drooling sia Its my breakfast time and after seeing this pics I started carving for chaat.

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  40. yeah, weather here is also cooling off Vegetable platter and this chaat is right for the season:)
    for me ragda patties is the one which uses dried white peas but what's in name:)

    big plate is on ur way Laavanya :)

    now that is one nice coincident kitchen flavours. will check ur recipe soon.

    thank you Suni. I will send u this plate of chaat and u send across ur stack of parathas;) deal?

    thank you for that red alret Alka;) and thank you for sending across the award:) i am on my way to check ur new post. that is as soon as i finish my breakfast ;)

    LOL, Indo. u just have to make a stop in UK and i will make sure that everything is within ur reach:)

    tikki? i know ur tikki will have some twist Richa. haven't forgotten all ur recipes with some nice and unusual addition. r we in for another surprise?

    that's my fav too my spicy kitchen. actually most of teh chaats are my fav ones ;)

    awww, thank u spices 'n aroma :)

    he he... i am glad to know u liked them Srimati. so have u made up ur mind to cook these?

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  41. no magic bhawana, just drag ur hubby to help u with cleaning and washing while u cook so that u dont have to worry abt doing it;) and u can then cook in leisure too;) i hope u give it a try and that dabeli is to die for:)

    Bee, ah.... look who is talking! and kapurthala fried chicken- god! ha ha ha... ROFL :)

    good for u Jyo. r we gonna get ur recipe?

    little bit of chaat is always good. right Jaya? :) i say we should make it for bf, lunch and also dinner ;)

    LOL, please help ur self Sangeetha:)

    glad my post took u down the memory lane Priyankya :)

    Valli, i am good at multi tasking;) imagine me clicking the pics while my hubby is feeding at the same time... he he he... and i dont spend more than 5 mins on taking pics.

    thats very sweet of u to say that Divya. thank u :)

    most of the times i made tikkis and cutlets in bulk and freeze them and they stay very well and also cook very well for me Sangeetha. it may depend on the fridge-freezer u use.

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  42. ok madamji. ek plate aloo tikki-chole chat on ur way Musie :) thoda sa makhan maar ke?

    Vanamala, because i am using spicy chole here i didnt want to make aloo tikki with complex flavours so that they balance well :)

    thank you Susan:) everything is simple if you have right choice of ingredients. the chutneys which i have used here form the basic for Chaats (which means 'licking' literally:) i hope u give it a try sometime and discover another taste of India:)

    so did u like southall Cham? no chance of clicking the pics at res as hubby dear doesn't like me carrying cam everywhere;) he says i should give my cam some rest in between and shouldn't make it feel as if its my slave:)

    sure Priyanka:) sending one plate of chaat to ur door. that recipe of tofu and quinoa i tried from Lolo's blog. r u planning to cook it?

    thank u Mona. ur fasting isn't it? right thing to make for evening when u break ur fast, me thinks:)

    3.30 in the noon? then get up and make some chaat for u and ur little ones Latha :) and yes, u should visit London sometime:)

    Same here Shilpa. if we want to eat some good chaat we have to travel miles or simply make it at home and most of the time we choose to slave in our kitchen than travel:)

    you can have how much ever u want Pavani:)

    the feeling is mutual Vibaas:)

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  43. thank you srikars kitchen :)

    u can always prepare it once u go bk home Tee:)

    karuna, i have never been to Delhi and i have heard abt the chaats u get there. may be one day i will get a chance to have it there :)

    Sucharitha and Kaushalya, patience is the virtue (something like that;) and chaat is the good example of how sweet the results of hard work can be:)

    u r one lucky girl Sujatha to have mini India in ur neighborhood. people like us have to travel miles to get there and usually we end up making these chaats at home:)

    sure Nags :)

    u r welcome dear MT:)

    SMN, u must be eating a lot of chaats in b'lore right? oh i am so green with envy;)

    time to mek it for lunch then Sireshaa :) and thank u dear.

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  44. hey sia, there is a surprise waiting for u at my blog
    http://myluvforfood.blogspot.com/2008/09/its-been-long-time.html

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  45. tempting to eat now itself! it looks so nice and good combo!

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  46. Hi!!!1
    My mouth is wareing...... such wonderful recipes!!!!!!! love it!!!!!!! book marked the recipe!!seeing the pics my stomach grumbles!!!!!.. keep it up!!!

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  47. lovely pictures.. loved the recipe too..

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  48. This is an awesome spread and one of my faves,the aloo tikki looks picture perfect:)

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  49. Oooh, I'm drooling, Sup!! Absolutely LOVE chaats. Loved the gaadiwala ones in Bangalore more than the restaurant ones.

    Your description of Southall is on the dot for our own version called Oak Tree Road in Edison. In the early days in the US, that used to be my remedy for homesickness.

    Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend! Have a good one :)

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  50. OMG....It looks deliiiicious....I love the way you picture it.I definitely need a bite of it.

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  51. Lovely pictures. This is going striaght into my bookmarks.

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  52. oops ... i have made chole for lunch... there we go.... ur chat in d evening.... temptingggggggg pic

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  53. Lovely! What a platter - wish I could dig into it right now and lick my fingers!!

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  54. What fab pics sups... I don't even like chaat (yeah I am a weirdo) and I am drooling here :)
    Thanks for checking up on me, been so busy at work lately:(

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  55. thanks for the award Karuna :)

    thank you Srilekha, Usha Prashanth, Anjali, Usha :)

    is Oak Tree Road is closeby Vani. its not difficult to get chaats here but it is difficult to get good chaat. so usually we endup making at home. they may not taste as good as we get bk in India but that is as close as we can get:)

    Mrs. Kannan, Swati, Sunshinemom, thank you girls:)

    its so good to hear from u Sig darling. i thought as much. i too have been quite busy for the past few days and its gonna be same till christmas. take it easy girl. will catch up with u later:)

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  56. thank you Hima i hope u get enough time to try it soon :)

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  57. Sia I love it at any time of the day. When shall I come over??

    I make it very similar to the way you have. To top it all the click!

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  58. SLURRRRRRRRRRRRP!!
    OMG!! 'THIS' is what I call BLISS!!
    Nothing like chaat to make one go crazy!
    I made this loooong ago.. and now I am so longing for some!!

    I have an award for u over at my blog, I do hope u will accept it.

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  59. Nidhi, i think i should self invite myself to ur home when u make it;)

    hey Manasi, its so good to see u after long time. hw have u been and hwz little one? and thank u for the award girl :)

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  60. These look so good! I invite you to submit them to the October Potato Roundup!

    Hillary
    Chew on That

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  61. Hi Sia,

    I tried out this recipe and it came out really good except for the tikkis..It turned out too soft..
    Thanks a lot for posting this recipe..

    I have one suggestion..When u give the recipes..cud u add the method of preparation along with the list of ingredients..That way it wud be easier..I had a tough time scrolling up and down for the preparation and ingredients..Just a suggestion..Thanks again for the recipe..

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  62. Just tried your recipe and its good. The only thing was that since the list was so long it was a nuisance going between the ingredient list and the method. Would suggest that the ingredient and the method for each item is put together so that it's easily accessible instead of having to scroll each time to see what is the next step and to see the amount of ingredient to add.

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