• (noun): any savory snack, sold from a roadside stall in India, or served as a starter in an Indian restaurant

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Chaat (Hindi: चाट, Nepali: चाट, Odia: ଚାଟ୍, Bengali: চাট, Urdu: چاٹ‎) is a savory snack that originated in India, typically served as a hors d'oeuvre at roadside tracks from stalls or food carts across the Indian subcontinent in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. With its origins in Uttar Pradesh, India, chaat has become immensely popular in the rest of the Indian subcontinent. The word derives from Hindi cāṭ चाट (tasting, a delicacy), from cāṭnā चाटना (to lick), from Prakrit caṭṭei चट्टेइ (to devour with relish, eat noisily).

Example Sentences

  • I think that chaat is a generic term for crunchy street food like bhel puri.

  • I cursed the fact that I brought my lunch in today (but, then again, chaat is a snack, right?).

  • Chaat: You can probably gauge my love of chaat from the title of this blog, eh?

  • What we called chaat: fresh, spicy, quick bites, with a whiff of exhaust from the bus lurching by.

  • And yes, the chaat is $4.95, and I think there’s one that is $3.95.

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