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Title: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Razor on June 17, 2012, 10:13 AM
Guy's,

I'm looking for a 'good' Chicken Chaat recipe of restaurant quality (or thereabouts :)).  I personally have never ordered it, so don't know what taste I'm looking for but I will order one in the next couple of day's.

There are three recipes posted on cr0 but one looks really over spiced for a single portion, one contains no 'chaat masala' (would have thought that to be integral?) and one contains Chicken tikka, which to my mind, would offer a different flavour to a traditional chaat?

Can any of you fine lads and lassies help out?

Thanks in advance,

Ray :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: 976bar on June 17, 2012, 10:23 AM
Guy's,

I'm looking for a 'good' Chicken Chaat recipe of restaurant quality (or thereabouts :)).  I personally have never ordered it, so don't know what taste I'm looking for but I will order one in the next couple of day's.

There are three recipes posted on cr0 but one looks really over spiced for a single portion, one contains no 'chaat masala' (would have thought that to be integral?) and one contains Chicken tikka, which to my mind, would offer a different flavour to a traditional chaat?

Can any of you fine lads and lassies help out?

Thanks in advance,

Ray :)

A man after my own heart :) I love Chicken Chaat and am also looking for a restaurant quality version, might have a go at my own and see how it turns out.

Chicken, tomatoey, quite spicy, sometimes served on a bed of salad or not depending where you go really :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Razor on June 17, 2012, 10:28 AM
Hi Bob,

Hope you crack this one.  I'll have to order one and see if I can decipher what's in it!

Ray :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: 976bar on June 17, 2012, 11:34 AM
Hi Ray,

I've just found this recipe in one of the electronic books I have for "Tiffin Snacks", which is for Aloo Chaat.

I'm thinking replace the potato with chicken breast or pre cooked chicken breast or maybe even chicken tikka and give it go :)

Ingredients :
Potato, boiled, peeled and cubed – ½ kg
Asafoetida – 1 tsp
Onions, finely chopped – 2
Tomato, finely chopped – 1
Ginger, juliennes – 2 tsp
Green chilies, finely chopped – 1-2
Salt – to taste
Chat Masala Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves – 2 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Serve garnished with green chilies, coriander leaves, ginger juliennes and some bhujiya.

I'm not sure what bhujiya is and when I have had chicken chaat in a restaurant it has been hot (cooked) served on a bed of lettuce, so not sure whether to cook all the ingredients above. I guess I could try both and see what turns out best.
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: ifindforu on June 17, 2012, 01:17 PM
Guy's,

I'm looking for a 'good' Chicken Chaat recipe of restaurant quality (or thereabouts :)).  I personally have never ordered it, so don't know what taste I'm looking for but I will order one in the next couple of day's.

There are three recipes posted on cr0 but one looks really over spiced for a single portion, one contains no 'chaat masala' (would have thought that to be integral?) and one contains Chicken tikka, which to my mind, would offer a different flavour to a traditional chaat?

Can any of you fine lads and lassies help out?
chicken rikka, chunky chat masala,onion,tomato puree, garlic,mixed powder,and some guravy.some put a little cut up cucumber,an 1 chillie cut in half

Thanks in advance,

Ray :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on June 17, 2012, 01:54 PM
chicken rikka, chunky chat masala,onion,tomato puree, garlic,mixed powder,and some guravy.some put a little cut up cucumber,an 1 chillie cut in half
Not sure if this was your intended recipe, IFFU, but if it was, I go along with Ray : chicken tikka has no place in a real chicken chat, despite the fact that many modern BIRs serve a dish of that name which is tikka-based; real chicken chat needs raw (or midly pre-cooked, at most) chicken, not chicken pre-cooked in the tandoor with tikka spicing.

Incidentally, Ray, I don't think you should discount the recipe that omits chat masala : after all, we've long ago learned not to discount recipes for curry that omit curry powder, so there's no reason not to believe that a really good authentic chicken chat (which I also love) can be made with the ingredients of chat masala without including it by name.

** Phil.
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Naga on June 17, 2012, 03:45 PM
Is there a consistent definition of what constitutes Chicken Chaat?

Looking around the web, many recipes seem to suggest that chunks of chicken are used in the dish, sometimes in a sauce and sometimes without.

My local takeaway's Chicken Chaat consists largely of red-coloured, skinless chicken thighs served on a bed of sliced, raw onions with a quarter of lemon on the side. The meat is charcoal-blackened around the edges and it is certainly freshly cooked as any exposed bone usually burns holes through the polystyrene carton!

It is without a doubt a nice, succulent piece of chicken, but it has no discernible flavour other than...well, chicken!
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: ifindforu on June 17, 2012, 03:54 PM
chicken rikka, chunky chat masala,onion,tomato puree, garlic,mixed powder,and some guravy.some put a little cut up cucumber,an 1 chili cut in half
Not sure if this was your intended recipe, IFFU, but if it was, I go along with Ray : chicken tikka has no place in a real chicken chat, despite the fact that many modern BIRs serve a dish of that name which is tikka-based; real chicken chat needs raw (or midly pre-cooked, at most) chicken, not chicken pre-cooked in the tandoor with tikka spicing.

Incidentally, Ray, I don't think you should discount the recipe that omits chat masala : after all, we've long ago learned not to discount recipes for curry that omit curry powder, so there's no reason not to believe that a really good authentic chicken chat (which I also love) can be made with the ingredients of chat masala without including it by name.

** Phil.
Phil if you are looking for an authentic taste,then you will not get from a BIR as they cook for British pa lat
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on June 17, 2012, 04:21 PM
Phil if you are looking for an authentic taste,then you will not get from a BIR as they cook for British pa lat
They are changing (for the worse), IFFU : once upon a time it was very easy to get a real chicken chat and a chicken bhuna; these days, only too often the chicken chat is a travesty, made with chicken tikka (I blame the British obsession with CTM for this), and the chicken bhuna is just a sauce-based mess :(

** Phil.
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: chewytikka on June 17, 2012, 06:34 PM
Hi Ray/Bob
I've ordered a Chicken Chatt before and was served a chilled Chicken Salad
sprinkled with Chatt Masala powder, which was good but quite unusual.

A cooked Chicken Chatt is a mini Bhuna Chicken with Chatt Masala seasoning and the main spice hit in the masala is the Black Salt.

Some good Restaurants do a pan of small chopped precooked Chicken which is especially for starters like Chicken Chatt and Bhuna Chicken on Puri.
Depending how they precook the Chicken, this adds to the final taste of the Chatt.

How I cook a Chicken Chatt.
Do a mini Bhuna, Half the ingredients of a normal Bhuna.

1. Sweat down Chopped Onion and G.Capsicum mix (Service Onions)
2. A touch G&G, cook out
3. A touch of the usual, Tomato Puree dilute, Mixed powder, Kashmiri Chilli Powder and 1tsp of Chatt Masala. cook out
4. Add the small chopped precooked Chicken pieces and a little of the stock. heat through for a minute.
5. Add a Chefs spoon of curry base, a fresh chilli chopped and a pinch of chopped coriander. Heat through for a minute or until it all becomes semi/dry.
6. Serve and garnish with sliced Tomato, Cucumber an a wedge of Lemon, not forgetting a little dusting of Chatt Masala.

I like this with a deep fried Puri or I do like Mission Deli Wraps, heated/toasted through on my Tawa with an egg wash and coriander.
I did do a video of this recipe, I'll have to upload it somewhere, I just don't like YouTube.

cheers Chewy
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: 976bar on June 17, 2012, 07:15 PM
Hi Ray/Bob
I've ordered a Chicken Chatt before and was served a chilled Chicken Salad
sprinkled with Chatt Masala powder, which was good but quite unusual.

A cooked Chicken Chatt is a mini Bhuna Chicken with Chatt Masala seasoning and the main spice hit in the masala is the Black Salt.

Some good Restaurants do a pan of small chopped precooked Chicken which is especially for starters like Chicken Chatt and Bhuna Chicken on Puri.
Depending how they precook the Chicken, this adds to the final taste of the Chatt.

How I cook a Chicken Chatt.
Do a mini Bhuna, Half the ingredients of a normal Bhuna.

1. Sweat down Chopped Onion and G.Capsicum mix (Service Onions)
2. A touch G&G, cook out
3. A touch of the usual, Tomato Puree dilute, Mixed powder, Kashmiri Chilli Powder and 1tsp of Chatt Masala. cook out
4. Add the small chopped precooked Chicken pieces and a little of the stock. heat through for a minute.
5. Add a Chefs spoon of curry base, a fresh chilli chopped and a pinch of chopped coriander. Heat through for a minute or until it all becomes semi/dry.
6. Serve and garnish with sliced Tomato, Cucumber an a wedge of Lemon, not forgetting a little dusting of Chatt Masala.

I like this with a deep fried Puri or I do like Mission Deli Wraps, heated/toasted through on my Tawa with an egg wash and coriander.
I did do a video of this recipe, I'll have to upload it somewhere, I just don't like YouTube.

cheers Chewy

Chewy you are the man!!

This is what I have had before or very similar without the sprinkling of chaat masala on top. I like your idea too of the mission deli wraps :)

Thanks very much for your input, much appreciated :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Unclebuck on June 17, 2012, 09:45 PM
Ray, for chatt i use this recipe
http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/curry/index.php?topic=2658.0 (http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/curry/index.php?topic=2658.0)
but not tikka'd chicken and no puri, simples!

Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: 976bar on June 18, 2012, 09:18 AM
Ray, for chatt i use this recipe
http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/curry/index.php?topic=2658.0 (http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/curry/index.php?topic=2658.0)
but not tikka'd chicken and no puri, simples!

I had totally forgotten about your chicken puri recipe, many thanks for bringing this up again :)

How's the kitchen coming along?
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Unclebuck on June 18, 2012, 03:43 PM
I had totally forgotten about your chicken puri recipe, many thanks for bringing this up again :)

your welcome 976bar

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How's the kitchen coming along?

think youve got me mixed up with someone else
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: 976bar on June 18, 2012, 04:08 PM
I had totally forgotten about your chicken puri recipe, many thanks for bringing this up again :)

your welcome 976bar

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How's the kitchen coming along?

think youve got me mixed up with someone else

Sorry, it's Unclefrank who is doing the new kitchen. The cerebral grey matter isn't what it used to be!!  ;D
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: jb on June 18, 2012, 06:54 PM
This is the one I cooked over the weekend......

(http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/imagehost/pics/dcb3518f65d1c7dd9a5a56b3ecdcd727.jpg)

In fact it was aloo chat not chicken chat but I would guess restaurants use the same basic recipe and swap between ingredients.Mine was pretty much the same as Chewytikka's,although my version was missing the small slithers of cucumber I always find in my local T/A's version.I often order it instead of a bombay aloo,it has a wonderful savoury flavour.I do urge you to seek out some chat massala though,it does give the dish a terrific flavour,this is the one I use...

 http://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog/Indian-Food-Shan-Chaat-Masala.html (http://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog/Indian-Food-Shan-Chaat-Masala.html)

Be careful though as the chaat massala can be quite salty in itself so add more salt to the dish sparingly.
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: 976bar on June 18, 2012, 07:33 PM
This is the one I cooked over the weekend......

(http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/imagehost/pics/dcb3518f65d1c7dd9a5a56b3ecdcd727.jpg)

In fact it was aloo chat not chicken chat but I would guess restaurants use the same basic recipe and swap between ingredients.Mine was pretty much the same as Chewytikka's,although my version was missing the small slithers of cucumber I always find in my local T/A's version.I often order it instead of a bombay aloo,it has a wonderful savoury flavour.I do urge you to seek out some chat massala though,it does give the dish a terrific flavour,this is the one I use...

 http://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog/Indian-Food-Shan-Chaat-Masala.html (http://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog/Indian-Food-Shan-Chaat-Masala.html)

Be careful though as the chaat massala can be quite salty in itself so add more salt to the dish sparingly.

Hi JB, exactly the same Chaat Masala I buy :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: chewytikka on June 18, 2012, 07:58 PM
Hi Bob/Ray/JB
LoL  ;D It's like a Shan product group test ;D

Uploaded my Chicken Chatt video, more or less the same as I've posted here
just using a bit more garabi and working it.

https://vimeo.com/44239169
Didn't have the time to do the usual motion graphics, but you'll get the idea.

cheers Chewy


Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: 976bar on June 18, 2012, 08:24 PM
Hi Bob/Ray/JB
LoL  ;D It's like a Shan product group test ;D

Uploaded my Chicken Chatt video, more or less the same as I've posted here
just using a bit more garabi and working it.

https://vimeo.com/44239169
Didn't have the time to do the usual motion graphics, but you'll get the idea.

cheers Chewy

Well done Mike,

Great video, I will be trying this out very shortly. Thanks again for the post :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Malc. on June 20, 2012, 10:38 PM
"Lovely Jubbly" says it all really Mike, nice one!
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Razor on June 21, 2012, 02:48 PM
He he, lovely Jubbly indeed chewy ;D

Many many thanks guy's for all the suggestions, plenty for me to play around with here.


Incidentally, Ray, I don't think you should discount the recipe that omits chat masala : after all, we've long ago learned not to discount recipes for curry that omit curry powder, so there's no reason not to believe that a really good authentic chicken chat (which I also love) can be made with the ingredients of chat masala without including it by name.

** Phil.

Hi Phil.  I agree but this is slightly different in the sense that, we effectively make our own curry powder by mixing a blend of certain spices to form our curry masala/mixed powder/spice mix.  As I've not yet researched the standard ingredients of a typical 'Chaat' masala and have never eaten a 'Chaat' of any description, I didn't want to taste a dish that 'possibly' didn't really represent the true flavour of 'Chaat' if that makes any sense :-\?

Ray :)
Title: Re: Chicken Chaat - Recipe request
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on February 10, 2019, 06:11 PM
I think I may well have found a recipe which ticks all the boxes :

Quote from: Desi Chef, Khana Pakana
Ingredients

    Chicken boneless 1/2 kg
    Ginger 1 tbsp
    Lemon juice 2 tbsp
    Coriander leaves 2 tbsp
    Chickpeas 2 cups
    Tomato 1
    Onion 1
    Cucumber 1
    Tamarind pulp 2 tbsp
    Fenugreek 1 tbsp
    Sugar 1 tbsp
    Black pepper 1/2 tsp
    Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
    Salt 1 tsp
    Olive Oil 1 tbsp
    Chaat Masala 1 tsp

Cooking Instructions
Heat up oil in pan and fry ginger.

Add chicken. Fry for 7-8 minutes. Transfer in a separate bowl after cooking and let it cool.

Add salt, red chilli powder, black pepper, chat Masala, sugar, fenugreek, tamarind pulp, cucumber, onion, chickpeas, coriander leaves and lemon. Mix well and serve

I've stressed the part that, for me, is key.

** Phil.