A vibrant corn chaat with peanuts: enjoy as a delicious appetizer or as a quick mid-day snack! A popular Indian street food snack made with easy ingredients within 20 minutes!
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Chaat is a common Indian snack that is filled with a variety of sauces and or aromatic spices which makes it a flavorful dish. It is generally served on street food carts as a snack. The literal meaning of the word chaat is described as to lick (finger licking good food!), or to devour deliciously. There are so many variations of chaat dishes within each region which makes it such a special type of food!
This Corn and Peanut Chaat Is:
- Quick and easy.
- Made with ingredients you might already have in your pantry and fridge.
- A balanced snack with vegetables and protein to give you the energy boost you need in your day!
Ingredients you'll need for the Corn Chaat with Peanuts:
- Frozen corn. I like to boil the corn so it thaws well and has a perfect texture. You are welcome to use canned, drained corn or even fresh corn! I just always have frozen corn on hand for my favorite recipes: Vegan Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad) or Vegan Peanut Corn Curry.
- Peanuts. I use fresh raw peanuts then fry them in a pan. I have used freshly roasted peanuts that my mom made and it turned out delicious as well!
- Other vegetables: red bell peppers, tomatoes, red onions. Really gives it a great crunch and flavor!
- Seasonings and flavor. Garlic, lemon, cumin powder, red chili powder, and chaat masala. I used Shaan or Spicewalla's Chaat Masala powder. Spicewalla has an amazing selection of masalas and seasonings on their website:
If you don't have chaat masala, other substitutes that work well are garam masala or pani puri masala. The ratio will be slightly different for each one. I recommend starting with 1 tablespoon and add more as needed. Majority of masalas have salt included so I recommend tasting the chaat before adding salt and adjusting to your taste.
Popular Topping Options for this Chaat:
- 5-Minute Sweet Tamarind Chutney
- 5-Minute Cilantro Chutney
- Garlic Chutney
- Thin Sev: This one is my favorite brand to buy.
Hope you enjoy this chaat as much as we do!
Corn Chaat with Peanuts
- 2 cups corn, frozen
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1 tablespoon oil, I used vegetable oil
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1 garlic, minced
- 1 juice of lemon
- 1 tablespoon chaat masala, see notes
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
- salt to taste, see notes
- cilantro, for garnish
- In a medium pot, fill with water and bring to a boil. Add frozen corn and boil for 5 minutes or until corn kernels start floating. Drain and let cool.
- In a medium pan, heat oil at medium-low heat. Add peanuts and let them lightly brown for about 8-10 mins while stirring constantly. The peanuts will brown fast so don't let them burn! Once they're toasted, remove from heat and let cool.
- In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. If you prefer, add salt to your taste.
- If you don't have chaat masala, other substitutes that work well are garam masala or pani puri masala. The ratio will be slightly different for each one. I recommend starting with 1 tablespoon and add more as needed.
- The masalas have salt included so I recommend tasting the chaat before adding salt and adjusting to your taste.