Chat Masala(also spelt as chaat masala) is one common spice mix that
is used in chaats such as Aloo chaat, papri chaat, fruit chaat,
Readymade Chaat masala is available in the shops. Many companies such as Everest, MDH,Badsha, Ruchi etc. make it.
It is a simple and easy to make spice mix. It has got a long shelf life. So do try it.
Once you have the masala ready, you can use it for many mouthwatering snacks. It is easy to make at home. If you have it ready, it is a good addition to many juices, salads, fruit snacks, vegetable snacks, vegetable curries etc. Just sprinkle it on top or mix it.
It contains black salt which is a good digestive and is very tasty too. Just put a pinch of chat masala on your tongue when your tongue feels kind of tasteless and you want a good taste in your mouth.
In the recipe given below, I am using the whole spices as they give a good flavor. If you
have the spice powders ready with you, you may mix them to get the masala.
For dry roasting:
Cumin seeds(jeera) - 2 tbsp
Coriander seeds(dhania)- 2 tbsp
Black pepper seeds - 1 tbsp
For adding while grinding:
Carom seeds - 1 tbsp
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Dry ginger powder - 1 tbsp
Black salt(Kala Namak) - 1 ½ tbsp
Rock salt - 1 tbsp
Dry mango powder - 2 tbsp
Asafetida (hing) - ½ tbsp
Dry roast cumin, coriander and pepper seeds separately to remove moisture and to bring out the aroma. Set aside to cool.
Once cool, grind together all the ingredients to make fine powder.
Store in an airtight jar.
This powder will keep for many months.
Apart from using in chaats, You can use it to flavor salads, juices, vegetables, curries etc