Aloo Bonda or Aloo Chop/Aloo Chaap is a deep fried, crispy, savoury appetiser made with spicy potato mix and coated with chickpea flour (“Besan” in Hindi) batter. For all my friends, Aloo is the Hindi name for Potato, and Bonda in colloquial Hindi could be designated as Fritter. This potato fritter is also packaged as the famous “Vada Pav” in Mumbai/Western India, with the pav (bun/bread). Last but not the least, this potato fritter is known as “Aloo Chaap/Aloo Chop” in Kolkata/Eastern India.
A grand welcome to the street food of India – this is my first post on the gem of Indian street food generically known as “Chaat” (in Hindi).
I am starting with the Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat which is in itself is a combination of 2 dishes – Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) and Chole (spicy chickpea curry). Note that Chaat is of many different types but is essentially a simple, flavourful starter/snack that is easily available on Indian streets/restaurants across all regions in India.
Now, this is another form of carbohydrates that we Indians just love to have. One can safely assume that Parantha is prepared/eaten in every Indian household. Aloo Parantha is one such variation to the simple Parantha, and comes with a spiced-up potato filling. For all my friends/readers, Aloo is the Hindi term for Potato. North of India is famous for churning out a lot of such variations of Parantha – Aloo Parantha, Gobhi (Cauliflower) Parantha, Palak (Spinach) Parantha, Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Parantha, Muli (Radish) Parantha, and so on.
Samosa can safely be termed as an ubiquitous , sort of favourite Indian snack – and I am no different than my fellow Indians 🙂 We Indians can have a samosa any time during the day – morning breakfast, mid-morning/evening snack, or for that matter in lunch/dinner in extreme cases of having no other options.
Navratri is around the corner, so let’s get going with some divine dishes. For the benefit of everyone, Navratri is 9 day festival period dedicated to the Indian divine goddess Maa Durga. Most Indian people observe fast, in some form, on some/most of these 9 days. Some people do not even eat any grains during Navratri; so it becomes all the more important for them to get some good carbs to get charged up for the whole day.