17th April 2019
Try Claire Thomsons’s Aloo Chaat Salad which she prepared at El Karama Lodge, from her new book, New Kitchen Basics.
Try to get hold of chaat masala spice blend (readily available in all good Indian grocery stores, and online), as it will make all the difference. Chaat is a common Indian blend of amchoor (sour mango powder), cumin, coriander, dried ginger, black pepper, asafoetida and chilli. Mixed with the cooked potatoes, lemon, tomatoes, onion and fresh coriander (cilantro), this is a sharp, punchy jumble of a salad. Adding a decent handful of Bombay mix or salted peanuts offers good crunch. A slick of plain yogurt on top is excellent, too.
Cook the potatoes in plenty of salted boiling water for about 8-12 minutes, until tender. Drain well and allow to cool. In a bowl, mix together the cooked potatoes, chickpeas (garbanzos), onion, tomatoes and coriander (cilantro). Add the lemon juice, chaat, and chilli (dried or fresh) to taste, and then season with salt and pepper. The salad should be quite highly seasoned. Top with the Bombay mix, or peanuts, if using, and finally with the yogurt.