What’s a Holi celebration without big family get-togethers, playing with a riot of colours and dancing carefree to Bollywood numbers? But wait, not without an exciting spread of delicacies to binge on and bond over. We’ve curated a list of the best chaat recipes by LF chefs to make your Holi party a super hit. Much like the festival—a stunning contrast of colours—these visually delightful and easy to make finger-licking snack recipes will be the perfect mix to kick-start your party shenanigans. Don’t forget to bookmark your favourite.
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1. Jalapeno Potato Chaat Cup
Now here’s a recipe that can easily become an instant hit at Holi parties. Chef Ripudaman Handa’s jalapeno potato chaat served in canapé cups is a fusion of Delhi’s all-time favourite aloo chaat. The only difference–this one gets its spicy-tangy flavour from vinegar-soaked jalapenos, while the OG recipe depends on sweet and spicy chutneys and creamy, sweet yogurt.
2. Sike Hue Phalo ki Chaat
If you love fruits as much as we do, then this fruit chaat by chef Gautam Mehrishi is going to be your go-to for fun get-togethers. This tantalising recipe features diced apples, pineapples, and pears dressed in a fragrant marinade of yogurt, cumin seeds, red chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, mint leaves, salt, and chaat masala. These fruits are grilled on a sigree and served with a side of spicy and tangy mint chutney.
3. Anda Chaat
Love eggs? LF host Gurdip Kohli Punj makes a lip-smacking chaat that’ll be loved by kids and adults alike. For this healthy chaat recipe that can easily be passed off as a desi version of devilled eggs, all you need are boiled egg whites stuffed with chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, nylon sev, chaat masala, and salt. And viola, your chaat is ready.
4. Basket Chaat
Lucknow’s popular tokri chaat aka basket chaat gets a healthy twist in chef Pankaj Bhadouria’s kitchen. Unlike the OG tokri chaat, which involves deep frying shredded potato in a mould to make the basket, this recipe features a tart shell filled with deep-fried potato and moong dal fritters. These bite-sized fritters are topped with sweetened curd, tamarind chutney, green chutney, sev, and roasted coriander powder.
5. Soya Tikki Chaat
Soya chunks marinated in a paste of almonds, cashews, and coconut are mixed with mashed potatoes and powdered spices to make cutlets for this soya tikki chaat by chef Rakhee Vaswani. Like all other chaats, this one too is garnished with curd, a variety of chutneys, roasted cumin powder, and sev.
6. Dahi Gujia
In case you don’t have the time, you can skip the process of making gujias, buy them from your local farsan shop, and directly get to soaking them in boiling water for a few minutes. Plate them with a mixture of curd, water, chutneys, coriander leaves, salt, chilli powder, and roasted cumin powder. Dahi gujia is a Holi specialty in several parts of north India, especially in Uttar Pradesh.
7. Arbi Tikki Chaat
If you’re in the mood to ditch the plain ol’ aloo tikki, try this scrumptious snack recipe prepared with colocasia as the hero. Chef Shipra Khanna’s arbi tikki chaat has colocasia and potato cutlets doused in green chutney, tamarind chutney, curd, and sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves. The highlight of this chaat are the deep-fried colocasia juliennes which add a distinct, crispy texture to the dish. Try these easy chaat recipes for parties and do let us know in the comment section below.
8. Kanji Dahi Bada
For this recipe, moong dal fritters are soaked in a refreshing fermented drink made using ground mustard seeds, fennel, red chilli powder, salt, asafoetida, and water. The fritters are further given a smoky flavour with the use of a piece of charcoal, cloves, and ghee and then finished with curd, sweet and spicy chutneys, and spice powders.
9. Mung Bean and Green Apple Dahi Puri
Dahi puri, the old-school street snack, gets a refreshing makeover in chef Handa’s kitchen. While it still has the chaat masala and raw onions for that extra zing, the potato and ragda filling is replaced with green gram sprouts and sweet yogurt, with a mouthwatering mixture of green apple puree and yogurt.
10. Daulat ki Chaat
Yes, we know this isn’t exactly the chaat you expected, but trust us (), your celebration is incomplete without daulat ki chaat. Bid adieu to the last few winter breezes with a bowlful of this rich dessert made with milk, cream, sugar, saffron, and pistachios.
So, what's your pick from this best chaat recipe list?