I’ve always thought of zucchini flowers as an excuse to eat fried ricotta cheese. Spinach chaat is a similar excuse to enjoy crunchy, spicy chickpea flour with tangy spices, minty chutney plus cool creamy yogurt. It’s a mix of textures, temperatures and tastes that all come together in one bite. That mouthful pleasure is what makes chaat – or Indian street food snacks – so finger licking good. Literally.
We first had Spinach Chaat at Rasika Roi in Washington, DC. The first time we ate there, we were both dying to understand how you could batter and fry something as delicate as a spinach leaf. Spoiler alert – not only is it possible but it is also amazing.
Rasika just came out with this cookbook, and while I haven’t bought it yet (but probably will soon!), I heard it has the recipe for their Spinach Chaat, which is their most popular dish.