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Aloo chaat

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus chilling
  • Easy
  • Serves 4-6

Enjoy a popular Indian festival snack. These lemony fried potatoes are seasoned with cumin and chaat masala, with green chilli, red onion and pomegranate

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving (6)
NutrientUnit
kcal233
fat11g
saturates1g
carbs30g
sugars10g
fibre3g
protein3g
salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 750g potatoes (Maris Piper or King Edward)
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 30g ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chaat masala
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 litre sunflower oil, for deep frying
  • 2 tbsp coriander relish (see 'goes well with' below)
  • 4 tbsp date and tamarind sauce (see 'goes well with' below)
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped coriander
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds

Method

  • STEP 1

    Peel the potatoes, cut them into 3cm chunks, and rinse under cold running water for 2 mins. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the potatoes and simmer, uncovered, until tender. Drain and tip the potatoes onto a cooling rack. Leave to cool, then chill them for 30 mins - this will dry the surface.

  • STEP 2

    Mix the onion with the ginger, green chillies, cumin, chaat masala, chilli powder and black pepper. Add the lemon juice and set aside.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oil in a wok or karahi to 180C, or when a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Deep-fry the potatoes in batches until golden, drain on kitchen paper, and season with salt.

  • STEP 4

    Mix the warm potatoes with the onion and chilli mixture. Drizzle with date and tamarind sauce, spoon over the coriander relish, and sprinkle with coriander and pomegranate seeds. Serve straight away.

What are the ingredients in aloo chaat?

Aloo chaat is a popular Indian street food primarily made from crispy fried potato cubes flavoured with ground spices and sweet-and-sour date and tamarind sauce, and finished with coriander leaves and crunchy pomegranate seeds.

What kind of potatoes should you use for aloo chaat?

You can use any potato, but floury potatoes like Maris Piper or King Edward will result in crispy potato pieces with fluffy middles. Waxy potatoes will hold their shape well, but you won’t get the soft, fluffy interiors.

How to get crispy potatoes

Drain boiled potatoes thoroughly, then spread out on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, chill for 30 minutes before cooking – this will dry the surface and encourage crispiness when the potatoes are fried.

Make sure the oil is hot, but not extremely hot, when it’s time to fry the potatoes. If you have a thermometer, heat the oil to 180C. Otherwise, heat it until a cube of bread dropped into the oil browns (but doesn’t burn) in 30 seconds. You can also use a deep-fat fryer set to 180C, if you have one.

If you don’t want to deep-fry the potatoes, drizzle them with vegetable oil, spread out in a single layer on a large baking tray and roast in the oven until crisp and golden.

A low-fat alternative is to use an air fryer, if you have one. Follow the user manual instructions, or use our recipe for air-fried chips as a guide to timings.

How to check if the potatoes are done

If you can easily push a fork into the potatoes, they’re cooked through. Then, during the frying stage, ensure they are crisp and golden on the outside.

Where can I find chaat masala?

Chaat masala has a tart, fruity flavour – it’s made with mango powder, black pepper, cumin and quarried black salt. It’s sold as a ready-made spice mix in south Asian grocery stores and large supermarkets, as well as online.

What can I use instead of date and tamarind sauce?

If you don’t want to make the date and tamarind sauce, serve the potatoes with lemon or lime wedges for a touch of sourness. You can also add a few raisins, some shavings of jaggery or a tiny pinch of light brown soft sugar for a hint of sweetness.

Can I make it in advance?

This is a dish that’s best served freshly cooked. If you want to get ahead, you can boil and chill the potatoes, prepare the onion and spice mix and make the date and tamarind sauce and coriander relish in advance. Then, all you have to do is cook the potatoes at the last minute. You can also fry the potatoes in advance if needed and reheat them in the oven before combining with all the other ingredients, but you’ll get the best results by frying them on the day you plan to serve them.

Can I freeze leftovers?

While best eaten fresh, there’s no harm in freezing leftover aloo chaat. But, you’ll need to do this without the coriander and pomegranate seed topping. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 until heated through and crisp. Leftovers will also keep covered in the fridge for up to three days.

More Indian-style potato dishes

Nutritious spinach is combined with potato and spices in this classic saag aloo.

Our spicy and moreish Bombay potatoes, made with chunks of juicy tomatoes, are easy to make.

Our Indian oven chips are spiced with turmeric, ginger, garlic and fennel seeds for a side dish inspired by flavours commonly used in Indian cooking.

Combine spicy potatoes with succulent salmon fillets in our spiced salmon with traybaked sag aloorecipe.

For more ideas for Indian-style side dishes, see our guide to the best side dishes to serve with a curry.

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