Guys, I made this incredible lazy-girl dinner the other day and it was pretty darn good, so I must share. I cleverly call it Chaat Nachos, because it’s a riff on India’s popular street food snack chaat… but in the guise of nachos.
Chaat is so varied that there is basically one recipe for every city and state in India. Mumbai has it’s pani puri and Delhi digs it’s golgappa, but all chaat’s have some common elements like fried bread, potatoes, chickpeas, chaat masala, chilis and chutneys. Chaat masala is the spice mixture used to season these different chaat snacks and it’s typically made from amchoor (dried mango powder), cumin, coriander, dried ginger, salt, black pepper, asafoetida and chili powder. I know, that’s a LOT of spices, but thankfully the popular thing to do is to buy your chaat already pre-mixed in a box, which is what I did. Sidenote: This stuff is so ADDICTIVE, you’ll be licking it off of your fingers! In fact, chaat comes from a Hindu word that means to taste or lick.
Sometimes we cook out of necessity, sometimes pleasure and sometimes just for fun. In this case it was a necessity. You see, I made a big bowl of chole chaat (chaat made with chickpeas) following a recipe from an Instagrammer that I like, and leftovers aren’t my ideal, so I transformed them… into nachos.
I craved a bit of junk food after eating chickpeas for days, so I dug around in the cupboard and found a stash of garlic pappadoms which became my crispy and salty stand-in for tortilla chips.
I topped the poppadoms with melty cheese and then chopped up my garden fresh tomatoes, a jalapeño and some cilantro and bathed that in some fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt before mixing it into the chole chaat mixture to give it a more salsified edge.
Want to try? You should!
Below is the recipe I used for my nachos.
Via Magic Ingredient
400g (1 can) chickpeas, drained
1 onion, chopped
2 chilis, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup coriander, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chaat masala (I really like the flavor of chaat masala so I added more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
Juice from 1 lime
2 tablespoons curd, beaten
Tamarind chutney, to taste
Coriander chutney, to taste
Sev (Crispy Noodles Made of Chickpea Flour) *You can find these grocery stores that carry Indian snacks.
Place the chickpeas in a large bowl. Finely chop onion, tomato, chilis and add them to the chickpeas along with coriander. Add the powdered spices and juice of half a lime. Mix well and place in serving bowl. Top it with curd, tamarind chutney, coriander chutney and sev, ENJOY!