Chat Masala

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A mix of hot spices common in India that are used to flavor a variety of appetizer-like foods, fruit salads, fresh fruit, fruit juices, or vegetable salads. Chat is a term in India that refers to something to be licked when applied to snacks or appetizers, so the title of this spice mix references its use with finger foods or snacks as it is sprinkled over the foods for a flavorful topping. This is similar to salting popcorn or other foods and may then be licked off or eaten as part of the food.

Ingredients traditionally used to make Chat Masala may include asafetida, citric acid, coriander, cumin seed, dry ginger, black salt, rock salt, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, mango powder (amchoor), and sugar. These ingredients may provide a sweet-sour flavor that goes well with sweet fruits and snacks when served as a flavoring for appetizers. If a stronger or more intense hot flavor is desired, red pepper may be added. Some of the foods commonly flavored with this spice mix include Aloo Chat, Bhel, Dahi Sev Puri, and Golgappa. Typically, Chat Masala provides an pungent odor as well as a pungent flavor.

Although Chat Masala can be made at home, it is readily available as a prepared, packaged food in most Indian food stores. Chat Masala may also be referred to as Chatt Masala.

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