• STEP 1

    Heat a small saucepan and toast the cumin seeds until aromatic and slightly browned, then grind to a coarse powder using a pestle and mortar.

  • STEP 2

    Put all the ingredients, including the ground cumin, in a bowl and mix well. Season generously; add more chaat masala and lemon juice if needed. Leave for 30 mins to let the flavours combine.


This spice mix is sprinkled over many sweet and savoury dishes in India. It has a sweet-and-sour taste and usually consists of cumin, coriander, ginger, chilli, dried mango powder, asafoetida, black pepper and black salt. It’s available from Asian food shops, larger Waitrose and Tesco stores, or at

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2014

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