Indian Chaat-Inspired Potato Chip Salad


We're making chip chaat! This Indian street food often features crispy fried things topped with all kinds of amazing garnishes. It's by far one of the most delicious foods in the world. So, I decided to try that same approach with potato chips, and I love how this came out.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

As a tragically jaded food professional, who's seen, and eaten it all, it's not often I'm shocked by a new type of food, but that's the perfect word to describe my experience the first time having chaat. We were trying a new Indian restaurant in San Francisco, and as I looked over the menu trying to find familiar favorites, the server mentioned that they had a special "Chaat" menu that evening. Oh, great. What's that again?

He explained it was a type of Indian street food, and described a few offerings, but finished by admitting that to understand it, we really needed to try it. Unsure if this was just a clever sales pitch, or sincere advice, we took a shot and ordered a few of his recommendations. They arrived at our table a few minutes later, and a few minutes after that our minds were blown. Completely and utterly blown.

One dish was "Pani Puri," featuring small, round, crispy puffs that we filled with diced potatoes and pourable, herbaceous green chutney. It was beyond amazing, and I wanted 50 more. The other was "Muri Makha;" a salad of crispy, puffed rice, fruit, and vegetables, dressed with various chutneys. It was a masterpiece of tastes and textures, and one of more thrilling things I'd ever eaten. That experience inspired this "potato chip salad." I'm very proud of this, and hope you try it, but as I said in the video, I really hope it inspires you to go out and find the real stuff soon.


For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 medium limes, juiced

  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste, or to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ¼ cup water, or as needed

For the Salad:

  • 12 cups kettle-cooked potato chips

  • ½ cup thinly sliced jalapeno pepper

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion

  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onion

  • 1 cup sliced cooked purple potatoes (Optional)

  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 medium limes, halved


  1. Combine yogurt, lime juice, tamarind paste, garam masala, cumin, hot sauce, and sugar in a bowl with a whisk until combined. Taste and adjust as needed; mix in water as needed to reach desired consistency.

  2. Layer chips, jalapeno, bell pepper, red and green onions, potatoes, mint, cilantro, and yogurt sauce as desired for individual portions, or this can be served salad bar-style and everyone can make their own plate. Squeeze lime juice from halves over top.

    Indian Chaat-Inspired Potato Chip Salad
    Indian Chaat-Inspired Potato Chip Salad. Chef John

Chef's Note:

You can use curry powder instead of garam masala.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

585 Calories
38g Fat
58g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 585
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 535mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 10g
Potassium 1707mg 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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