You might already know that Indians eat their food with hands instead of fancy cutlery. Eating food with hands might be looked down upon in some cultures, but to me, there is nothing more satisfying than rolling up homemade Indian chapati and dipping it into spicy curry with bare hands. Or eating soft, white basmati rice covered in gravy and licking off every last bit of grain.
May be its being Indian, that my favorite food group is finger foods. Food that can be just picked with hands conjures up scenes of snack times with my sisters and family, sitting in a circle talking about our day at school, giggling away on little random happenings of the day and going over the options for dinner.
I served this chat masala spiced potato wedges with lamb kebab sliders with coriander mint mayo. But I have made them twice ever since just on its own as finger food. They are addictive, lightly spicy and a burst of flavors in every bite.
Chat masala is tangy Indian spice mix extensively used for snacks, fruits, yogurt, and drinks and sometimes in curries. It’s not only used as a flavoring but also used to garnish or add finishing touches to dishes. Apart from spices like cardamom, red chilies, black pepper and cloves, what makes this spice mix stand apart is the use of black salt (Kala namak) and dry mango powder (aamchur powder). The black salt has a characteristically pungent smell and taste which adds a unique depth of flavor whereas the dry mango powder gives it an acidic and tart flavor.
The salty, tangy, hot and sour characteristics of spice mix provide a melody of flavors in each bite, leaving a tangling effect on your tongue. The finely chopped coriander leaves perk up and add a refreshing bite to these wedges. Besides, there is something about the green herbs on your food, that just screams eat me!
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