“Since this Eid is being spent at Nani’s house, I thought of making one of her most special Chaats for her which should definitely be a surprise. So, this Channa Chaat has a very interesting story. Whenever my cousins and I used to come over, we would specially request Nani to make this Chaat for us and she used to happily oblige every single time but no matter how many times we used to eat this homemade chaat, we could never guess the secret ingredient that made her chaat different from everyone else’s! But now we know, and her secret ingredient is Rye”.
Rye or rye masala is readily available in local markets so you can easily replicate the recipe by sprinkling a generous amount of it over your version of Iqra-inspired Channa Chaat! But hold up because you’re only halfway done and still need the grandeur of traditional chutneys to tempt the flavours.
“So, this chaat is absolutely amazing but it requires proper preparation which is done every single time and that preparation includes a tray full of various Chutneys and Masalay.”
“This tray consists of green chutney, Aloo Bukharay ke chutney (Plum Sauce), Meethi chutney (Tamarind Sauce), Chaat Masala (traditional herbal spices), and Dahi (Yogurt). All of my cousins don’t really prefer spicy food so they usually just add some dahi and top it off with some chat masala. On the other hand, I just love a tangy mixture of all these chutneys to make it extra spicy and so I add a bit of masala and a little bit of everything and trust me it tastes amazing!”
As per Iqra, condiments are key to making your chaat a success and more flavoursome. Iqra incorporates a handful of different chutneys that her Nani often used, to make her Chaat more flavorful, slightly sour, and sweet even offering a tinge of different colours.
It has a tangy and crunchy combination of texture which adds to its appeal and makes it an all-time favourite, satisfying even the pickiest of eaters out there!
“This is not just a chaat, it is a relationship we all share with food and also each other! Thank you so much, Nani, for giving me so many good moments”.
Sometimes coming together is not just about hosting and attending occasions, it’s about celebrating the feeling of togetherness and reliving the memories that are shared, and revered serving as a reminder of good times.
This Eid, lean into the festive spirit and take inspiration from Iqra recreating her Nani’s classic Chaat. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to incorporate the essence of your style and let that translate into your wardrobe as well.
Curate looks that are bespoke, picture-perfect, and perfectly represent your sense of fashion. To learn more about Iqra’s style inspiration take cues from Eid-ul-Adha Style Edit with Iqra Aziz where she dresses in different ensembles suitable for every occasion surrounding Eid festivities.
Check out our latest Unstitched Eid Edition II Collection and explore an endless array of options to choose from. From light sequins to fully embroidered outfits, our latest collection offers something for everyone!
The exuberant use of fabrications delved into a symphony of harmonious hues meddled with vivid prints is perfect to elevate your festive wardrobe this Eid.
With Eid comes never-ending tasks and chaotic to-do lists, but we wish that this Eid-ul-Adha while you’re around your nearest and dearest ones, the only chaos you surround is filled with sounds of hearty laughter, clattering cluttery, cheerful smiles, and profound memories of joy cherished for years to come!
Eid Mubarak Everyone!