Question for everyone, can you tell the difference between the 2 items on top and 2 items on the bottom? The difference is only in where the raw materials come from, the items on bottom are made from flesh of an animal that wanted to live, fought for its life and lost; while the items on top taste exactly the same but are cruelty free...What will you choose???
For people like us; who abandoned animal products after learning about the perils of factory farming and the cruelty associated with the process, there are times that we miss those curries or kabobs. Hence, we have long debated a need to have meatless alternatives of some of the famous street food items like chicken tikka and kheema (ground meat).
Between a busy truck season, all you can eat restaurant and the spending quality time with our little daughter we did not have time to experiment with the recipes or different meat alternatives available in the market. But last couple of weeks we decided to experiment with...
People often ask us, what is this Chaat you guys keep talking about. People who did not grow up in Bombay (or Mumbai) do not really know about Chaat. So lets chat about Chaat.
"Chaat" in Hindi, literally means to "lick". The notion of Chaat comes from the idea that the food is so yummy, you end up licking your hands after you finish every last grain on your plate. To be honest, its not far from truth.
Most of the Chaat items are served in old plates/bowls made from folded newspaper or some cheesy movie magazine and eaten with hands or a make-shift paper spoon.
The food to an outsider seems a very weird concotion of many colorful and spicy items. Its usually sold by a street hawker who moves around with a very large basket full of different ingredients and are mixed right in front of you as soon as you order it.
It can be customized to be sweet for the faint at heart and super spicy for the brave ones. The street snacks are usually eaten right away or on the go, hence the displsabl...