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Chaat Masala – A Flavorful Spice Mix

Chaat Masala is a tongue-tickling Indian spice blend that gives a lively tweak to the food. The chatpatta flavour of chaat masala will definitely spice up your bland dish. All that is needed is a pinch of chaat masala, and the recipe is all set to create wonders. Be it pani puri, sev puri, pakora or salads, chaat masala powder makes sure that it jazzes up all dishes with just a sprinkle on the top. 

Let's get into the world of chaat masala and explore its goodness. 

What is Chaat Masala?

Chaat Masala is believed to be dawned from the kitchens of Mughal empires. Chaat masala powder is an Indian street food seasoning, which is a combination of hot, sour, spicy and pungent taste.

Like all the spice mixes, there is no fixed recipe for chaat masala spice blend as well. Each family has a different recipe to prepare chaat masala. However, blend of spices like cumin seeds, red chilli powder, coriander, amchur powder, black salt, black pepper and hing are used as chaat masala ingredients in its making. 

Chaat Masala: Uses 

Chaat masala is a unique spice mix that makes the food tangy as well as spicy. It is widely used as a seasoning in Indian cuisine. Here are some uses of chaat masala in Indian dishes.  

  • Chaat masala is generously used for sprinkling in all chaat dishes like aloo chaat, dahi puri, bhel, etc. Chaat masala powder will add a tinge of tanginess to all the chaat dishes. 
  • A pinch of chaat masala powder with some lemon drops adds a zesty taste to fruit dishes and vegetable salads. 
  • Adding this spice mix to fruit juices will give a refreshing feel. It is sprinkled widely in pineapple and watermelon juices. 
  • Chaat masala powder when topped in raita, buttermilk and lassi will add a salty taste.   
  • Sprinkled on hot pakoras it adds a savoury taste, which makes them worth devouring upon. 
  • Added to other famous street foods like sandwiches, dosas and frankies.
  • Chaat masala powder is also added to sabjis, masala papad and parathas.

So many uses of this spice blend, isn't it wonderful? A chaat masala packet really needs to be a part of every Indian kitchen.  

Chaat Masala: Ingredients

Generally, Chaat masala includes 13 spices in its making. The ingredients are as follows: 

  • Iodized Salt
  • Coriander
  • Sour Mango
  • Black Salt
  • Kachari
  • Mint Leaves
  • Dry Ginger
  • Cumin
  • Chillies
  • Black Pepper
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Asafoetida

What are the Health Benefits of Chaat Masala?

  • Chaat masala is rich in iron and calcium because of the ingredients like amchur powder, cumin seeds and hing. And cumin seeds are also rich in minerals and magnesium.
  • Chaat masala powder is full of vitamins - Cumin seeds are a good source of Vitamin A. Red chilli has Vitamin A and C, which is great for immunity. Coriander is also a great source of Vitamin C. 
  • Indian spices generally have the presence of antioxidants, and so chaat masala also has antioxidants. Hing is a source of ferulic acid, which removes free radicals that causes cancer in the body. 
  • Black pepper works wonders in improving the digestion process. Black pepper and coriander have been proved beneficial in reducing bloating and flatulence. 
  • The presence of a compound in cumin has been proved to eliminate high blood sugar level symptoms. 

How to Store? 

  • To keep flavour and aroma of chaat masala intact, store it in an airtight container in a cool place. 
  • If stored well, chaat masala will stay flavorful for months or even a year. 

Use Arancia Rosa to make your dish flavorful and aromatic. At Vasant Masala, we use 100% pure and authentic spices You can buy Vasant's spices from the nearby grocery store or Online.