Chaat is one of the most popular street foods in India. Pani Poori / GolGappe or puchkas are sold in the streets of every city of India. Having spent a considerable part of my life in various cities of Uttar Pradesh I am biased towards the Chaat served in UP, especially cities like Varanasi and Kanpur. Dhaniyewale aloo is a speciality of Kanpur.
I learnt making Dhaniyewale aloo from my mother. It used to be a must in our house on Holi. During Holi, in UP, people visit each other’s house to wish Holi. Friends visiting our place used to look forward to mom’s Thandai and savoury food items along with home made sweets.
For the last couple of years I too have been making Dhaniyewale aloo , as it can be made in bulk before hand and served cold. Also, after visiting many friends and relatives yet another sweet dish becomes unbearable, and a savoury item is very welcome. At such times , sour and spicy Dhaniyewale Aloo Chaat is very refreshing.