Chaat Masala is a basic South Asian spice blend that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It often contains cumin, coriander, and other spices. But more importantly for most of us, it tastes fantastic!
I created this homemade spice blend recipe for Chaat Masala totally by accident, and now it's a surprising family favorite.
I just love making homemade seasoning blends like:
In fact, I haven't made it for a long long time, since we had a bunch of spices given to use that I wanted to use up, and my husband has been begging for it for months. He was so happy to hear that I made a bunch of it today in order to get a proper photo on this photo -- finally :).
Anyhow, there is a fun story behind this spice blend.
How this Chaat Masala Recipe Came to Be
Sometimes great recipes come as the result of a kitchen faux pas. This is a case in point.
A few years ago I tried a new recipe for an Indian dish that looked really promising.
It turned out to be a complete flop. Except for the spice mix that came with it.
It was delicious!
We typically don't waste food around here, so I think we ate the "botched dish," but it wasn't with any pleasure for sure.
The spice blend on the other hand, we started sprinkling on literally almost EVERYTHING!
I realized after the fact that I had measured the spice ingredients incorrectly. I made a triple or quadruple batch of the recipe because I tend to do almost everything in bulk, but didn't do the correct calculations of the spices, so the proportions were not what they were supposed to be.
But the result was something that has been on our kitchen table everyday since! We put it on almost everything -- I even have a "no pepper added" version for our youngest who has a very low tolerance for spiciness.
In India, there are a number of spice mixes that are as individual as each family. Curry would be one example, and chaat or garam masala would be another. Masala means "spice mix". I am really proud of this "mixtake." We even once had an Indian family over for dinner and the wife asked me for this Chaat Masala recipe!
Now, THAT was a compliment!
I mix up to 16 or more batches of this at a time since we love it so much.
But then, I do almost everything in bulk, including baking in bulk.
We literally have it on our table all the time (except for the past months as mentioned above) with pepper and salt and either our Moroccan Vinaigrette or our 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing. It is one of our condiments of choice.
This dish a "must have sprinkle" for my Most Requested Recipe - Pakistani Beef Curry (w/ vegan option). I guarantee that you'll love the combination, and for sure add the Moroccan Carrots on the side.
It's our favorite dish combination to serve for company.
I used to purchase ground spices but over the past years have graduated to grinding my own coriander and cumin, and even our own pepper. The flavor is so much better and you can purchase your spices in bulk and save money without worrying about your spices losing flavor since the whole spices stay fragrant for much longer than the ground versions.
Our Family's Favorite Spice Blend - Chaat Masala
- Place all ingredients in a bowl or jar.
- Mix well.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Sprinkle on your veggies, main dishes, rice, pasta dishes...everything...and enjoy!
How about you?
Have you ever had Chaat Masala?