The Big Boys Curry Book

Chat Masala

Local labourers spend their day hand dredging the shallow lagoons for building sand

Chat Masala. A distinctive hot and sour spice mix from northern India and synonymous with snack dishes such as Chicken Chat, Aloo Chat etc. Masalas should be stored in dark airtight jars and as a rule improve with a bit of age.


  • 4 tsp white cummin, lightly dry roasted and ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp mango powder
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground black salt
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Mix and store.

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