Chaat Platter

BM #116 : Week 2, Day 1
Theme : Platters

I have a picture of a chaat lunch in my drafts folder, I had taken the picture because it was filling out our dining table with the various chutneys and yogurt and the fillings and everything. I actually had to stand on top of a chair to take a picture of the whole meal. It looked nice and so I had planned a chaat platter for the mega marathon.

Once I had the recipes in place (ragda patties, Chole tikki and pani puri as bass recipes), I happened upon the world of food boards/ charcuterie boards. You have to look up that hashtag in Instagram or give a google search to see what a visual treat that it is!! It’s chopping boards or cheese boards or trays completely filled with food. I have seen Charcuterie or cheese boards before, but the boards can be of any theme of your choice. And so I decided to do a chaat platter like a food board.

The biggest advantage of serving a food board is that you can choose and make whatever combination you like. With these base recipes of Chole, ragda and pani puri, you can make a whole lot of chaat recipes. The same patti can be used for ragda patties, Aloo tikki Chole and Aloo tikki chaat. For pani poori, you can have variations like boondi pani puri, Dahi poori, Chole pani puri, ragda pani puri on top of the regular potato and Chana filling. You can try any combination you want. Usually I make a couple of different kinds of pani, but with so many options, I decided to stick with just the regular pani.

I usually make the chutneys too at home, but this time I had some readymade chutneys and so used that. I have linked the recipes that I use below, but the platter has the readymade one. The puris are also readymade. The chaat masala is homemade, mine finished during the peak coronavirus times, so made it at home since I had all the individual spices.

The platter has

  1. Aloo tikki / Patties
  2. Ragda
  3. Chole
  4. Yogurt
  5. Green chutney for chaat (readymade)
  6. Tamarind chutney for chaat
  7. Coriander leaves
  8. Chaat Masala (recipe below)
  9. Chopped onions
  10. Panipuri pooris (readymade)
  11. Panipuri Paani
  12. Boondi (readymade)
  13. Potato filling for pani puri (recipe below)
  14. Chole filling for panipuri(recipe below)
  15. Lime wedges

Potato filling for pani puri

  • Mash one boiled potato with salt and chili powder to taste. Sprinkle chaat masala and some finely chopped coriander leaves, if preferred. Use as stuffing for pani puri.

Chana filling for pani puri

  • In a bowl, add half cup of cooked chana. Add some chopped onions, chaat masala, chili powder and salt to taste. Mash with a fork but leaving some Chana in chunks and some mashed. This helps it to hold together well making it easy to scoop and fill the Puris.

Chaat masala recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ajwain seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoons dried mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons amchur
  • 2 tablespoons kala namak

Method: Dry roast coriander, cumin and fennel seeds over medium heat until it turns a little darker. Once it’s cooled down, grind into a powder with the rest of the ingredients. Store in a dry airtight jar.

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9 thoughts on “Chaat Platter

  1. srividhya says:

    Absolutely agree with you about the cheese boards. I love cheese boards and well why can’t we have some exclusive chaat boards. Very nicely presented and drooling over. This is sooo good and yummmax.

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  2. NARMADHA says:

    This is one exotic chaat platter for sure with all varieties. I too made chaat platter but not as elaborate as yours. I love that idea of putting everything on board and people can mix and match.

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  3. Srivalli Jetti says:

    What a sinful and beautifully clicked picture Rajani!! Love the whole setup and agree when you have such base things in place you can literally have so many other chats happening…did you make the pain puri pooris? they do look huge though and I always find it tough to eat it in one glup..hahaha…love the platter and can’t wait to read what else is coming our way!

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  4. usha says:

    Rajani, I was just closing my laptop to go to bed and I see your chaat platter in my Feedly!! That is one tempting and beautifully setup chaat platter. I love love chaat and I bet this platter is going to show up in tonight’s dream!!

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  5. vaishalisabnani says:

    The minute I opened my eyes , I checked the mail – mega marathon Rajani Uttar Pradesh – Chat Platter !
    My eyes literally popped out seeing the platter !
    What an awesome job – how very thoughtful ! I have seen these boards on Insta and Pinterest , and bookmarked so many but never thought of giving it a try with our Indian food .
    It looks absolutely amazing , fantastic ! Very artistic !
    Now you are tempting me to redo one of my platters with this kind of board set up – though I will have to ask hubby to climb on the chair – ha ha !

    Since everything is already scheduled , perhaps I shall steel your idea for next time !

    And chat is a favourite with everyone , I could gobble down everything on that table !

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