My friends and I were having a discussion recently about if you could only eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, what cuisine would it be. Pie swayed between Japanese and Mexican, my friend Em went for Italian, whilst my friend Nik and I agreed that we would both pick Indian. My choice was probably pretty obvious considering the prevalence of all the Indian foods on this blog (and my overly enthusiastic reviews of almost all of them). I’m really interested to know what everyone else thinks so I shall be posting this as a question for you all to answer!
Chaat is one of the more interesting Indian foods. It is traditionally a street food dish but you can also find it in some restaurants as a starter or snack. I had this as my first course in the same restaurant as I had the mung bean curry - Vegetarian Food Studio in Cardiff. I can only recommend the restaurant as they serve ridiculously delicious food at very good prices (it makes me sad that I’m not longer a student as they do a crazy tiffin deal for £3.50 and I would probably get it just about every day).
Chaat can describe a wide range of street food dishes, but they often include assorted crispy fried bits and pieces like puffed rice, noodles and lentils. Here they were covered in tangy yogurt and a tamarind sauce which are both typical sauces. It seems a little odd at first - kind of like you’re eating a bowl of curried breakfast cereal - but it’s really really good. My only complaint was that this bowl was too big even for me to finish on my own!
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