Bean Sprout Chat
Tina Ujlaki loves the Indian mix of flavors and textures called chat. Chat (sometimes spelled chaat) is a savory Indian snack that combines lots of flavors and textures. Chats vary infinitely, but in general, they are made with soft Indian bread, potatoes or beans; intensely flavorful chutneys and spices; tangy yogurt; and crunchy fried chickpea flour noodles called sev.
About the ingredients: Tamarind chutney is a sweet, tangy condiment made from the fruit of the tropical tamarind tree. The sticky pulp is strained to remove the seeds and stringy fibers, then sweetened and enhanced with ginger, chiles and other spices. Chat masala is a spicy seasoning blend that flavors a host of Indian snack foods and salads. It usually includesblack salt, which provides smokiness, and amchoor (powdered dried green mango), for tang. Sev are mild, fragrant or fiery snacks made from broken fried chickpea-flour noodles.
All these ingredients are available at Kalustyan's (kalustyans.com).