14 Nov 2021
Hindi words 'Aloo' translates to 'potato' and 'Chat' literally translates to 'licking'. The word chat is used for a category of food eaten mainly as street food in India (I am no Wikipedia! But this is what I know from my life in India). Aloo Chat is one of those popular street foods.
And who doesn't know about Smashed Potatoes, Right? Well, if you don't, you will find out in this recipe. It is basically boiled potatoes, smashed on a baking tray, literally smashed, seasoned and cooked in oven until golden brown and crispy
There is specific spice blend that is used in chat recipes called 'Chat Masala', which you can easily buy from an Indian grocery store or you nearest Asian shop.
But if you don't want to buy it, follow these easy steps to make this 'special spice blend' that you can use with Amchur Powder (Mango Powder) as a replacement. It is quick to make and you can store it in an air tight jar in your pantry for other Chat recipes or curry nights.
When you boil the potatoes, make sure you don't over boil them. Boil until you can put a fork through the potatoes easily.
I have used Wilcox Perlas Small potatoes for this recipe. If you want to make it for guests, you can boil the potatoes in advance (this will save you at least 30-40mins) and then all you have to do is oven bake them and garnish and serve.