Samosa Chaat is my favourite dish of all time. The spicy and crunchy samosa chaat served with channa (chickpeas curry) is the only food I always craved for. This was my favourite street food at school, college and even at university. Off-course, it is also my favourite still now.
I still remember how I used to skip my breakfasts and lunch to eat the crispy and delicious samosa chaat at school. This thing makes my mom curious and from then to till now she is making healthy samosa chaat for me. She has many recipes of samosa chaat in different variations. Therefore, today I have shared those special and secrets recipes of samosa chaat with you people.
What is Samosa Chaat?
If you have never visited Pakistan and India, a question will arise in your mind that what is this samosa chaat?
A samosa chaat is Indian street food. A layer (dough) of samosa is made with all-purpose flour and it is filled with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and many other vegetables. Later, it is deep-fried in the oil. The layer of samosa is called patti or dough.
It is said in our country, if you can make the ‘samosa patti’ then you are an expert cook. However, the majority of people purchased these samosa patti (dough) from the superstore or bakers. You will have a bundle of it at an economical price.
While chaat means the sauces or chutneys used for dressing or to serve with the food. However, the literal meaning of chaat is to taste the food. We can also take its meaning as ‘to taste the food with your tongue.
However, when we talk about the samosa chaat, chaat means channa chaat. Samosa Chaat is the nick name of samosa channa chaat. In English, we called channa chat ‘chickpeas sauce’. Though, the delicious cooked chickpeas are served with the crispy samosa.
Samosa Chaat: A Common Indian Street Food
Samosa Chaat is one of the common street food in India and Pakistan. You will find the vendors of samosa chaat at the start of your street, at the mid of the market, at schools, colleges, universities, events, festivals or at any random road. There would be a rush at every stall of samosa chaat. It is easy to eat the samosa chaat. People prefer to eat the samosa chaat while traveling and shopping.
Crispy Samosa Chaat as an Evening Snack
If you are Indian or Pakistani, the guests are coming to your home at an evening time, surely, you are going to order samosa chaat for them to be served with a tea or other beverages. Therefore, to feel your guests special try to make samosa chaat at home from my given recipes in the article below. Give them the homemade samosa chaat to eat and let them be inspired by you.
The Benefits of Samosa Chaat
Samosa chaat is healthy food if it is cooked with proper care and hygiene. The vegetable-filled in the samosas have their own nutrients. However, chickpeas are full of protein. One of the benefits of samosa chaat is that it can be stored or freeze (uncooked) in the refrigerator for a long. A Samosa Chaat is delicious, easy-going and saves cooking time if already stored.
Oily Samosa Chaat and its Side-Effects
Samosa Chaat can be harmful if it is cooked in unhygienic oil. Therefore, it is crucial to purchase good quality cooking oil to deep fry the samosas. The glut of everything is bad. Therefore, try to consume your favourite samosa chaat on alternate days. It may cause high blood pressure.
The Estimated Calories in the Samosa and Chaat
A samosa is a hale and hearty food. It’s not less than a casual lunch or dinner. The estimated calories in the samosas are approximately 256. However, one cup of cooked chickpeas with gravy also has more than 200 calories. Hence, if you are eating one samosa and one cup of chickpeas it means you are consuming more than 500 calories.
Samosa Chaat is a Profitable Business
Samosa Chaat is a profitable street food business in India. There is no time, season or weather reserved for samosa chaat. This business glooms an entire year. A samosa chaat can be sold at any place. It is always in demand, I am an eyewitness of it. People sell and purchase samosa chaat at any time of the day.
One plate of samosa chaat, having two samosas and approximately one cup of channa chaat served on samosas, costs 50- 70 rupees.
Recipes of Samosa Chaat/ Popular Indian Samosa Chaat Recipe
The tangy, spicy and crunchy samosa chaat is made with a lot of effort, ingredients and spices. You cannot enjoy the samosas without channa chat, sauces, chopped onions and chat masala.
Recipe of Channa Chaat (Chickpeas Gravy)
Channa Chaat is a delicious dish of chickpeas. It is the best combination with samosas. Chickpeas are commonly served with rice, samosa chaat and nans. It is very easy to cook the delicious channa (chickpeas) in a chaat form to serve with the samosas. It is your choice, you can keep them in gravy form or you can roast them.
- Chickpeas half kg
- Ginger and Garlic Mixture 1 tbsp.
- 1 Normal Size Onion
- 1 Tomato (sliced)
- Fresh Green Chillies 2-3 chopped
- Fresh Corianders handful (chopped)
- Red Chilli Powder 2tbsp
- Turmeric Powder 1tbsp
- Dry Coriander Powder ½ tbsp.
- Hot Spices 1tbsp
- Salt As per the taste
- Cooking Oil 1cup
- Water 1 or 2 glasses
If you want the fluffy cooked chickpeas, then the best method is to soak them overnight.
On the other day, boil those chickpeas in the pressure cooker and store them in a jar or container. You can also freeze the boiled chickpeas for three months. This is one of the best and easiest methods to cook chickpeas anytime you want.
Once your chickpeas are boiled, now jump to cook them.
Take a deep pan or kadhai, add cooking oil, when it heats up add ginger garlic paste and cook for few minute.
Now add sliced onions and sauté for 2 minutes, wait till the onions become soft and turned into light golden colour.
Frequently add sliced tomato and all the other spices and cook for 2 minutes on medium-high flame. (Also add few drops of water).
Now add boil chickpeas and fresh green chillies and cook for 5 minutes.
If you want the chickpeas with much gravy, then I will suggest adding 2 glasses of water to it.
Now cover the pan, cook on high flame for more than 5 minutes.
After, 5 minutes, check the consistency, if it is your required gravy then close the stove.
Transfer your chickpeas into a serving bowl and garnish them with fresh green coriander leaves. Serve with samosas and enjoy a healthy snack.
Recipes of Samosa (Samosa Chaat)
It is very easy to make a samosa if you know how to prepare the samosa patti (a bit tricky part of the recipe). Once you have made the “patti’ or layer (dough), then the filling in that samosa is quite easy.
How to make the Samosa Patti (Dough)?
This method of samosa patti or dough is quite different from other methods. But it is easy to make. I hope you will like the recipe just follow the ingredients and the instructions.
Ingredients to Make the Samosa Patti
- Lukewarm Water 1 cup
- Lukewarm Desi Ghee or Cooking Oil half cup
- Salt ½ tsp. (as per taste)
- Carom Seeds ½ tsp.
- All-Purpose Flour (Maida) According to your requirements or 3 cups
Take a big size flat plate, now add all-purpose flour or Maida (the quantity of flour totally depends on you. It is up to you that how much samosa dough you want to prepare).
I took 3 cups of all-purpose flour.
Now gradually and slowly add water and desi ghee and start kneading. (The kneading procedure is exactly the same as the wheat flour, we knead, to make the roti).
Knead as much as you can, there should be no lumps of dried Maida left behind.
Keep adding a small amount of water, if required.
Once your flour is kneaded properly or becomes a dough. Now give it a shape. A circular or rectangular shape.
Now cover the dough and rest for almost half to one hour.
Note: The dough should be hard and flexible.
Now make the small balls of your dough. (It also depends on your choice, the size of your samosa matters on the size of your dough ball). I like medium-sized samosas. So definitely will make the medium size balls.
Roll the all balls one by one into a circular shape. (Don’t forget to put some dry all-purpose flour on the surface before rolling the dough ball, doing this your dough will not stick with the surface).
After rolling all the balls into a circular shape, now fold each ball and make a D shape.
Your samosa patti or dough is ready for filling. If you want, you can prepare and store this dough before making the samosas on the planned day.
I have made 12 dough or samosas patti from this quantity.
Mixture and Filling of Samosa
- Potatoes 4-5 medium size (boiled)
- Onion 1 (chopped in small pieces)
- Cooking Oil 2tbsp
- Salt 1tbsp
- Dry Coriander Seeds 1tbsp
- Red Chilli Flakes 1tbsp
- Turmeric Powder 1tsp
- Cumin Seeds 1tsp
- Fennel Seeds ½ tsp.
- Carom Seeds ½ tsp.
- Lemon Juice 3-5 drops
In a deep vessel warm the cooking oil and put some onions. Sautee them till the onions become soft and golden brown.
Now mix or put all the spices and few drops of water.
Cook until onions become soft and all the spices mixed together.
Now add boiled potatoes (chopped) to the mixture and stir for 120 seconds.
Also, add lemon juice. You can also add the fresh chopped green chillies and fresh coriander leaves to the mixture.
When the aromatic fragrant of potatoes and other ingredients start spreading all over. It means your mixture is ready to fill in the samosa’s dough or patti.
Let us fill this mixture into an already prepared dough.
Take one dough or patti and apply few drops of water into its edges.
Now fold the dough and make the shape of a pinecone.
Fill the prepared mixture of potatoes in the pinecone-shaped dough and close all the edges tightly with the help of fingers.
A rectangular-shaped samosa is ready to cook.
Make all the other dough and fill the mixture like this.
Step 4 Deep-Fry the Samosas
Now, this is the final step. Take a deep pan or Kadai, add cooking oil. To deep fry the 14 samosas you need approximately one liter of oil.
Heat the oil in a kadhai, on high flame.
Now one by one put all the samosas in the kadhai and cook for 5-10 minutes from both sides.
When the samosas change their colour carefully take them out.
Your crispy and crunchy hot samosa chaat is ready to eat. Serve them on a plate with channa chaat and other sauces.
Crispy and Creamy Samosa Chaat with Yogurt (Dahi)
It is not necessary to always eat samosas with spicy and oily sauces. You can just add sweet and cold yogurt or curd on top of the samosas to make them creamy and crispy texture together. Sprinkle, some chat masala and mint leaves on yogurt and enjoy the creamy samosa.
Chicken Samosa Chaat
Chicken Samosa Chaat is very popular in Pakistan as compared to India. If you ever have a chance to visit Pakistan, I will recommend you to eat chicken samosas there. The taste of ‘chicken samosa’ is not less than any mini pizza. The demand for chicken samosa chaat increases with the arrival of the Holy month, Ramadan (Ramzan Sharif) in Pakistan.
- Boneless Chicken Half kg (boiled)
- Onion 1 small size crushed
- Ginger and Garlic Paste 1tsp
- Hot Spices 1tsp
- Black Pepper 1tbsp
- Salt according to your taste
- Cooking Oil 2tbsp
- Fresh Coriander leaves a handful
Take a boiled chicken and make small pieces of it. You can also use boiled chicken mince.
In a frying pan, heat the oil, add ginger garlic paste and sauté for two minutes.
Now add onions and all the spices and cook for two minutes.
After that add boil pieces of chicken and cook for 2-4 minutes.
Once your mixture is cooked, cool it now.
Now one by one put the chicken mixture in a samosa patti (dough) (the recipe is given above) and carefully fill all the samosas.
This estimated mixture makes upto15-20 samosas.
Deep-Fry all the samosas and cook them from both sides.
Serve the hot chicken samosas with cold mint sauce and channa chaat.
Samosa Chaat Salad
Samosa Chaat Salad is my favourite recipe to eat all time. It might be new for you but it is something I always found convenient for myself when I want to skip my regular meal. It is the healthy version of the samosa chaat recipe with a lot of raw vegetables.
- Samosa 1 or 2
- Channa Chaat 2tbsp
- Cabbage 1 cup (chopped)
- Cucumber 1 (chopped)
- Carrot 1 (grated or chopped)
- Onion 1 small size chopped
- Tomato 1 small size chopped
- Mint leaves 5-7 chopped
- Boil Red Beans (optional) 2tbsp
- Mint Sauce 1tbsp
- Tamarind Sauce 1tbsp
- Chat Masala 1tsp
- Lemon (optional)
Take a deep serving bowl and put the samosas in it. Now crushed the samosas with the help of a fork according to your desired size.
Now add channa chat (you can also add boil chickpeas), red beans and all the other chopped vegetables. Mix them well.
Garnish with sauces, mint leaves and chat masala.
Enjoy the healthy and delicious samosa chaat salad on weekends.
Cute Samosa Chaat Cup
Cup-shaped samosa chaat is also very popular as Indian street food. People also prefer to eat this with casual triangular-shaped samosas. The ingredients, method and procedure of the samosa chaat cup are also the same as the triangular samosa chaat.
You just have to roll your dough into a round or circular shape.
Make two balls of dough (the recipe is given above) and roll them according to your desired size. The normal size of the samosa cup is usually the size of your palm or fist.
Now put the mixture (recipe is given above) on one part of the dough, spread it and place the other part of the dough on it. Combine all the edges well together with the help of your fingertips.
Now heat the cooking oil and deep fry all the samosas of cup-shaped.
Equally, fry both sides and serve hot with channa chat, salad and sauces. Don’t forget to keep cold drinks with you when eating spicy Indian street foods.
Special Sauces for Samosa Chaat
Your samosa chaat will not be complete without fresh green mint and coriander leaves sauce (chutney) and tamarind sauce. Here are the two easy recipes of sauces to be served with samosas other than the channa chaat.
Mint and Coriander Green Sauce
- Fresh Green Mint leaves a handful
- Fresh Green Coriander leaves a handful
- Green Chillies 2-3 (chopped)
- Garlic Cloves 2-3 peel and chopped
- Salt as required
- Water half an ounce to make the creamy paste.
Put all the ingredients in a mixer. Blend them for 2 minutes.
The ingredients will convert into a paste form.
Now transfer it into a serving bowl.
- Tamarind half cup
- Brown Sugar or Jaggery 2tbsp
- Red Chilli Flakes 1tbsp
- Salt as per taste
- Hot Spices 1tbsp
- Vinegar 1tbsp
- Water 2 glasses
Soak the tamarinds overnight.
The next day, in a deep saucepan, put two glasses of water and burn the stove.
Now add soaked tamarind, jaggery, vinegar, red chilli flakes, salt and hot spices.
Cook on medium-high flame for almost one hour.
When you see the mixture has become thick. Close the stove and let the mixture cool down for 15 minutes.
Now put the mixture in a glass airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.
You can easily store and use this mixture for three months. If kept in the glass air-tight container.
Samosa Chaat is a traditional, popular, delicious and craved food of all time. It is crispy and spicy to taste and easy to eat and store. The perfect recipe for samosa chaat is made with a lot of time and effort. Therefore, I will recommend following one of the recipes above to make your samosa chaat like the one selling on the streets.