Weekend Chat with a Scoop!

ChaatThis is a quick-to-put-together fusion chaat recipe using chips such as Scoops and roasted corn. It is a fun party dish where your guests can assemble their own chaat.

Grocery list for the Indian store

  • Fine sev, such as the Mirch Masala brand (usually available in about 14 oz package)
  • Tamarind date chutney, such as the Deep brand, available in the refrigerated section
  • Chaat masala, such as MDH Chunky Chaat Masala

Corn Chaat

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. package of frozen corn or roasted corn, such as from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 mild onion such as a Vidalia, chopped fine
  • A handful of cilantro (coriander leaves), chopped fine
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, whisked smooth with 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted (or smoked) cumin seed powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Corn chips such as Scoops
  • Fine sev
  • Tamarind-date chutney

Directions

  1. If you have frozen roasted corn, defrost according to package directions, warm, and add salt and the chaat masala. Set aside. If using regular frozen corn (unroasted), defrost, and heat over medium heat in a nonstick frying pan until roasted, or about 5 minutes. Add the salt and chaat masala and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and cilantro leaves finely and set aside.
  3. Take the whisked yogurt, and add the cumin seed powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk all together.
  4. To assemble the corn chaat: Arrange the scoops on a plate, and add roasted corn mixture to each.
  5. Add the onion, cilantro, sev, and then the yogurt mixture on top of the corn. Drizzle with the tamarind-date chutney and serve!
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Step 4: Add corn mixture to each Scoop

Tips and Variations

This is an easy party appetizer dish; you can set up an assembly line of the corn, onion, cilantro, sev, yogurt mixture, and tamarind-date chutney.

For those of you who like their chaat a little hot, sprinkle a little chili powder on top.

You can substitute the corn with chickpeas or potatoes. For chickpeas, simply drain and rinse canned cooked chickpeas, add the chaat masala and salt to taste, and proceed with above recipe. For the potato topping, boil and peel 2 large potatoes, chop into ½-inch cubes, add the salt and chaat masala, and proceed with the recipe above!

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Loretta says:

    I see you’ve changed your theme Sandhya? I’m trying to familiarize myself with where all your new stuff is….at first I thought I had clicked on the wrong blog :). Good for you taking the plunge, I keep thinking about it, have made some notes on themes I like, but then it gets too overwhelming. always afraid that I might not find my own stuff once it has a new look LOL! Anyway, well done, great recipe too 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Loretta. I had been looking at themes and getting all confused and nervous about changing it. My daughter helped me take the plunge.
      I have to spend time familiarizing myself with it too:)

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      1. Loretta says:

        Same here Sandhya…maybe I’m old-fashioned, I’m not sure…but I like the layout of my current one where I know where everything is, but would like to change the picture displays. I can recall where I got in touch with WP to ask them about themes, and they did say the Dyad one, which you are currently using is good for a food blog. I checked it out many times and made notes of other themes I’ve seen on other sites. Like you though, I do not want to touch anything I might ruin LOL! Good for you taking the plunge!

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      2. Sandhya says:

        I like your current theme a lot Loretta. The pictures stand out really well and it is very easy to navigate.
        For my site, I was not happy with how the tagline did not show up and wanted to add more pictures too.
        Like you, I bought the domain but have not explored the features we get with it. Another learning curve to keep our brain cells going:)

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      3. Loretta says:

        Yes, true…I didn’t want too much on my blog. I wanted simple lines and it works well for that…but when I called WP (btw that’s one feature you can use now that we’re paying…you can do an online chat anytime), they informed me of a few that stood out well for food blogs and also for photos. For instance, when I attach a few pictures together, they appear very small even though I have it on the highest setting. Apparently with other options, you can lay out your pictures better.

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