Banarasi Tomato Chaat Recipe|Indian Chaat Recipe|Street Chaat Recipe
Banarasi tomato chaat recipe: Tomato chaat is very popular on the streets of holy city Varanasi. This Indian tomato chaat recipe is innovative and unique in its own way. This tomato aloo tikki chaat is made with ripe tomatoes, potatoes, nuts, spices and topped with chatpata (peppery) namakpara. This Indian street style chaat is mouthwatering and filled with bursting flavors. This chaat is one of my dream street food which I was craving from last 12 years. I ate this tomato chaat almost a decade ago and never got chance to visit my birthplace. Banarasi tomato chaat is one of the best chaat I have ever eaten in my life. If you are from Varanasi then I’m sure you must be knowing, what I am talking about. This chaat is so delicious, even a spoonful bite will give immense pleasure to your senses. I would suggest if you ever visit Varanasi don’t forget to try tomato chaat. I’m very happy to share my creation of tomato chaat which turned out exactly the same which I used to eat in Varanasi. Never thought this tomato chaat is so easy to make at home. Here is step by step recipe of tomato chaat.
Ingredients for Recipe
- 6 medium tomatoes
- 4 boiled potatoes
- 1 tbsp khoya/ mava
- 1 ½ tbsp chopped cashew
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp kashmiri red chili
- 100 grams sugar
- Clarified butter (ghee)
- 40 grams cilantro leaves/coriander leaves
- 2 inch chopped ginger
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- ¼ tsp black pepper powder
- ½ lemon
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
- Mini namak parre/ nimki
- Soaked 3 dried red chilies
Soak 3 red dry chilies in warm water for 30 minutes. If you wish you can remove seeds before soaking. Make puree of soaked dry red chili with ½ inch of ginger.
Prepare tomato curry: In a medium heated pan, add 1 tbsp oil. Add prepared chili and ginger puree in hot oil. Stir well and let it get thicken. Now add khoya/mava, poppy seeds, chopped cashew and stir well. Cook until oil starts separating. It will take 2-3 minutes. Add garam masala and salt to taste. Mix well. Now add 2 medium boiled and mashed tomatoes. Stir well and cook for 4-5 minutes. After 5 minutes and 100 ml water or you can adjust tomato curry consistency. Add kashmiri red chili powder and mix well. Bring it to boil and turn off the stove. Tomato curry is ready for tomato chaat.
Prepare sugar syrup: In a pan 400ml water and 100 grams of sugar. Boil on medium heat until it reaches sticky consistency and turn off the heat. Sugar syrup is ready. Keep it aside. You can also use leftover sugar syrup
Prepare aloo tikkis: In a big bowl, add boiled and mashed potatoes, chopped coriander leaves, 1 ½ inch finely chopped ginger, chaat masala and black pepper powder. Add salt to taste and mix well. Mixture is ready.
Grease your hand with oil and take generous portion of the mixture. Give aloo tikki shape and smoothen the sides of the tikkis otherwise it may burst in the oil. Prepare all the potato patties in the same way.
On a griddle or wide pan, add 3 tbsp oil and place prepared tikkis. Cook them until they turn golden brown from both the sides. We are looking for nice golden crust from all the sides.
Once they are cooked from both the sides, move these patties on one side and add 4 grated tomatoes. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes. Add salt to taste and mix well. Let it cook for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, roughly mash potato tikkis and mix it with tomato. Add ½ tsp roasted cumin powder and coriander leaves. Mix well and keep it aside.
Assemble tomato chaat: In a clay pot (bowl), add tomato potato mixture, 2 serving spoon sugar syrup (adjust as per your taste), 1 tbsp melted clarified butter, 2 serving spoon prepared tomato curry, top with some mini namak pare, sprinkle roasted cumin powder and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves. You can also drizzle some tamarind date chutney. Mouthwatering tomato chaat is ready. Dig in! You may also like to browse healthy samosa chaat recipe.