Tuesday, April 13, 2010

#5 The chaat stalls

Chaat has to be the tastiest dish in the world made from the simplest raw materials.
Also the simplicity of buying yourself a snack of a chaat by the roadside cannot be found anywhere, not even with the drive-thrus in America.
A typical chaat stall is just a cart with a hissing kerosene lamp. The vendor takes a big wok and mixes in the ingredients with his bare hands (don't ask about cleanliness)...and a few minutes later, the chaat is ready.
You do get chaat in America, especially in some Gujarati Indian restaurants, but the quality is nowhere close to what you get in the roadside stalls in India. Either they are too sweet or there's too much sev in it.
Indian roadside chaat rocks.

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