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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A - Z Indian Street Foods ~ I for Indori Garadu Chaat

One of my sisters-in law lived most of her life in Madhya Pradesh, starting from her college days to until she passed away recently. She lived mostly in Indore and her family still lives there. I had the opportunity to taste the Indore street food in person and so, I had decided early on that I would cook something from there, which is popular for it’s street food scenario. I came across this Indori Garadu chaat while exploring the local street food virtually.

Garadu is a yam that is local to the region and this chaat is prepared by crisply frying the cooked and cubed garadu and seasoning with a special spice mix called jiralu masala and lemon juice. Among the lot of yams available to me locally, I felt that yuca root would be a perfect substitute for the garadu and decided to try with it. Yuca is a yam that grows in the hot, arid areas of Americas and Caribbean. One yuca gave me about 2 cups of cubes. The final dish was so yummy that I had requests to make it again.
Recipe source: Sanjeev Kapoor
About 2 cups cubed garadu (I substituted yuca.)
Oil to fry
1 tbsp. or more jiralu masala
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice
Minced cilantro to garnish
Ingredients for jiralu masala:
2 tsp. roasted cumin powder
1&½ tsp. dry ginger powder
½ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
2 pinches of asafetida powder
½ tsp. black salt
½ tsp. rock salt
* Combine everything mentioned under the ingredients' list for jiralu masala in a bowl and keep aside.
* Peel the yam and cut into thick discs / chunks. (It was hard to dice yuca before cooking.)
* Place them in a microwave safe bowl and add enough water to cover them. Cook in the microwave until just they are done. (Yuca took me about 3 minutes to cook in the microwave.) 
If using stove, place the yam pieces in a sauce pan with enough water and cook until just done. Don't overcook them.
* Pour the cooked yam into a colander and drain. Let it cool and then cut into bite sized cubes.
* Heat oil in a pan or kadai. Deep fry the cubes until they are lightly colored. 
At this point, there are two options.
1. Remove the lightly fried cubes and drain on absorbent towels. Fry them again on medium flame until crisp on medium flame.
2. If serving immediately, continue frying on medium flame until crisp.
* Arrange the fried cubes over a serving plate. Sprinkle jiralu masala and salt to taste over the cubes. Squeeze lemon juice as much as needed. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve immediately. 

So far, on this series,
A for Aloo Kabli
B for Bajra Vada
C for Chooda Matar
D for Dahi Batata Puri
E for Elaichi - Kesar Lassi
F for Fulwadi
G for Ghugni Chaat
H for Hare Chane Ki Chaat

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 87


Padmajha said...

Such an interesting Chaat Suma. The final pic is awesome with the specks of the masala on the yam!!

Gayathri Kumar said...

This deep fried yam chat looks so much like an addictive dish. I usually make roasted yam. This one sounds so good and I am trying it next time I buy yam. We get only one type of yam here, so guess I need to use that..

Srivalli said...

That's the second recipe for the day and I am so curious to read about the special masala..will surely do..:)..so tempting Suma..

Unknown said...

This is a delicious chaat looks fantastic !! I made these with yucca too, tempting me !!

Sandhiya said...

Chaat recipe with yam is something healthy and interesting too. Garadu chaat looks spicy and crispy, with those masala, it must be delicious !!!

Harini R said...

Wow! Looks very tempting. I haven't yet tried the Yuca root as of now. But if you vouch for it, I am definitely going to try this out. Air frying them might be a guilt free option, don't you think?

vaishali sabnani said...

I agree yuca is a great substitute for Garadu..the chat is simple but immensely flavorful. The crisp fried pieces are a total treat..love the way you have presented it.

Sharmila kingsly said...

Such a delicious chaat with yuca.. Never tried.. so yummy!!

Kalyani said...

Absolutely wonderful you could find a local substitute with yuca ! Thanks for the tips on the giralu masala , if am not mistaken, I think it’s readily available where I live ..

Priya Suresh said...

How damn delicious those chat, feel like finish that plate rite now, super tempting they are. Those crispy fried pieces are damn droolworthy.

Srividhya said...

Thanks for sharing the substitute for traditional yam. I need to see if I can find that at least here. Great pick for I.

Pavani said...

Yumm, those deep fried yucca look so crispy and delicious Suma. That spice powder must have added so much flavor. No wonder you got requests for an encore.

cookingwithsapana said...

Wow the deep fried yucca coated in that masal powder must have tasted so sinful. Even I would ask for more, so yummy.

Mayuri Patel said...

Have not heard of garadu yam but its always good to learn something new. The chaat looks yummy and love the jiralu masala is an interesting masala. I'm sure we can use it with cassava or other yams.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

I saw these chat and was checking what is garadu? The platting looks superb! That must be one finger licking chaat, with all the spices and deep fried yam! ❤️

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

What a lovely chat with yam and love how crispy and delicious they look. They are wonderful finger food for parties. Love how you have presented them.

Preeti said...

Yam is very healthy vegetable.. love the way you serve as chaat.. tempting chaat.