Banaras ka Tamatar Chaat

This chaat is often enjoyed on the streets of Varanasi or Banaras. Banaras has lots to offer when it comes to good food and flavours. This chaat is one such local specialty. It is traditionally made in desi ghee with khoya. 


  • 3 tomatoes, puréed
  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2 tablespoons jaggery powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 2 tablespoons coriander, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup namakpare (wheat crackers)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt to taste


  • For the tamatar chutney, add 3 puréed tomatoes to a pan. Cook on a medium flame with a pinch of salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder and 1 tablespoon jaggery powder. You can adjust the sweetness as per your taste. Keep cooking this till it reaches a thick consistency. Keep it aside.
  • Next, in a pan, heat some oil and add the cumin seeds, green chilli and 1 tablespoon ginger and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to this pan and cook on a medium flame.
  • When the tomatoes turn mushy, add the potatoes and mix well.
  • Add the black pepper, chilli powder, salt, cumin powder and chaat masala and
    mix well.
  • Cook this mixture for 10 minutes until the tomatoes and potatoes are mixed uniformly. You can add a bit of tamatar chutney to this mix.
  • Now, add ½ tablespoon of jaggery and juice of ½ a lemon, till the mixture is spicy, tangy and sweet.
  • Take a serving bowl and place the tomato and potato mixture in it. Top it with tamatar chutney, chopped coriander leaves, chopped ginger, chopped green chilli and crushed namakpare. Serve immediately.

Rakshita Dwivedi is an entrepreneur who runs Recipe Dabba, which empowers kids with healthy food choices and uses cooking as a gender agnostic life skill. She has won many awards including the Orange Flower Award, Women Disruptors Award, Homepreneur Award and Web Wonder Women awarded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. For more recipes, follow her on Instagram @recipe_dabba

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