Wednesday 27 March 2024

Chat Masala

Chat masala, a spicy, tangy spice powder, can be easily made at home. In addition to using this masala powder for making different chat varieties, you can simply sprinkle it over cut vegetables or fruits to make yummy salad or to spice up buttermilk or fruit juices. 


Cumin seeds or jeera - 1½ tablespoons

Coriander seeds or dhaniya - 2 tablespoons

Carom seeds or ajwain - ½ teaspoon

Black pepper corns - ½ teaspoon

Kashmiri chili - 1 no

Dry ginger - ¼" piece 

Asafoetida - ⅛ teaspoon

Rock salt - 1 tablespoon

Amchur or dry mango powder - 1 tablespoon

Citric acid crystals - ¼ teaspoon

Method: Heat a kadai on medium flame; add in coriander seeds, cumin seeds, kashmiri chili and pepper corns. Sauté till you can smell the aroma of roasted cumin and coriander seeds. Add carom seeds and fry for 30 seconds. Switch off the stove.

Once the ingredients cooled to room temperature, transfer the roasted ingredients to a mixer jar. Add dry ginger, rock salt, citric acid crystals and asafoetida. Grind the ingredients to a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl. Add in amchur powder and mix very well. Allow the powder to cool to room temperature and then store in an air-tight container.

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