Aloo Kabli Chaat (Indian Street Food)
I’ve got something to tickle your taste buds today. ☺️ If you’re a fan of Indian street food like me, then you’re going to love Aloo Kabli Chaat. If you haven’t tried Indian street food yet, you definitely need to, ASAP!
Let’s teleport ourselves to the bustling streets of Kolkata, India, where I was born and raised, renowned for its vibrant and mouthwatering street food scene.
Among all the street nibbles, there’s a stellar dish that always stands out – Aloo Kabli. This humble yet flavor-packed chaat is a little like a symphony, you know? It’s all about balance and harmony of flavors and textures. Aloo Kabli is a delightful roller-coaster of tastes with tangy tamarind, fiery chilies, and comforting potatoes taking center stage. It’s also plenty healthy with chickpeas and tomatoes, and pomegranate.
Each bite promises a surge of freshness from the mint and coriander, while the sprinkle of crunchy sev (fried chickpea noodles) and dainty pomegranate arils add that crackling twist. In essence, it’s comfort, crunch, and a whirlwind of tantalizing flavors, all in a single dish.
Hang on tight, because we’re about to dive into the fascinating world of Aloo Kabli!
Tell Me More About Aloo Kabli
Aloo kabli, also known as Kolkata style aloo chaat, is a delightful fusion of flavors commonly found in the streets of Calcutta. It combines the perfect blend of hot, spicy, and sour notes with the goodness of potatoes.
Ingredients At A Glance
The Hero Ingredient: Potatoes
Potatoes are the star of the show in this recipe. Make sure to use golden potatoes and not sweet potatoes for the best results.
Add Some Fresh Veggies
To add that fresh and crunchy element to the dish, gather some onions, cucumber, and tomatoes.
The Perfect Bite: Black Chickpeas, Matar & Peas
The black chickpeas, matar, and peas add a nice bite to this all-potato dish. They bring extra flavor and texture to the table.
Tangy Twist: Tamarind Chutney & Lime Juice
For a tangy kick, you have the option of using either homemade or store-bought tamarind chutney. Choose whichever fits your convenience. And don’t forget to squeeze in some lime juice for that strong tanginess that makes this dish everyone’s favorite.
A Refreshing Flavor: Fresh Coriander
Fresh coriander is a must-have in this recipe. It adds a refreshing flavor that elevates the dish to a new level.
Spicing Things Up: Green Chilis
If you enjoy a spicy kick, go ahead and add some green chilis to your aloo kabli. However, if you’re preparing this dish for kids or prefer it mild, you can skip the chilis.
The Secret Magic Ingredient: Roasted Masala
Here’s the secret to making this recipe truly magical. Prepare a homemade roasted masala using cumin, coriander, and dried red chilies. Dry-roast them, let them cool, and then grind them into a powder. This special masala will take your aloo kabli to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Extra Taste and Texture: Sev Garnish
For an additional burst of taste and texture, garnish your dish with some sev. It adds that perfect finishing touch.
So, my friend, gather all these ingredients and let’s get ready to rustle up a fresh and tasty aloo kabli that will impress your taste buds!
Let’s Make Aloo Kabli Chaat!
- Start by boiling some potatoes until tender, then dice them.
- Finely chop some onions, tomatoes, and cucumber.
- Boil some kala chickpeas and white peas (matar), and let them cool.
- Combine the diced potatoes, chopped onions, tomatoes, and cucumber, along with the cooled chickpeas and peas.
- Season the mixture with salt, roasted masala, lime juice, and tamarind chutney, according to taste.
- Finally, garnish your dish with some sev for an extra burst of taste and texture.
Just looking at the image below makes my mouth water! You have to try this recipe.
Experiment with spices: Feel free to add or adjust the roasted masala according to your spice preference. You can also try adding other spices like chaat masala or black salt for extra flavor.
Customize to your liking: Aloo kabli is a versatile dish, so feel free to customize it with additional toppings such as chopped green chilies, mint chutney, or yogurt for added freshness and tanginess
Where to purchase: Buy black chana and white peas ( also called vatana) online or in Indian grocery stores.Print