It took us many months to coordinate our schedules to get Maneet Chauhan on The Sami Cone Show and boy, was it worth the wait! In my interview with Maneet, we covered everything from a favorite recipe, Aloo Chaat from her new cookbook (Chaat), to her health transformation.
Aloo Chaat Recipe by Maneet Chauhan
You can find Maneet Chauhan’s Aloo Chaat recipe with Green Chutney on Food Network. She loves this recipe because it’s a reinvented version of the popular street food she remembers growing up.
I love the recipe because it’s simple, flavorful, and easily adaptable. Having a vegetarian daughter, I’m always looking for new recipes to try. With chaat, it’s almost like an Indian version of making a homemade taco bar.
What is Chaat?
Chaat is a group of foods without limits that combines sweet, salty, crunchy, spicy and savory ingredients. At the heart of most chaat recipes, you’ll find a starch, vegetables, chutney, masala, and a crispy topping.
With its aromatic spices and tangy sauces, chaat describes an entire category of Indian street foods that offers the palate a symphony of exotic flavors and textures. The rich culinary diversity of India has led to the creation of a plethora of chaat dishes inspired by its various regions.
“A sumptuous whistle-stop tour of India’s diverse food ways. Maneet has penned a love letter to the best of Indian food.”Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer of Top Chef and Taste the Nation
Maneet’s Health Transformation
I loved learning about Maneet Chauhan’s health transformation. I’ve always admired how chefs can eat the variety of foods necessary for their job, yet still stay healthy.
Because of her profession, she couldn’t give up any one category of food, so instead, she followed a few simple guidelines to lose weight and get healthy:
- Move 10,000 steps each day
- Limit calories to 1200
- Don’t eliminate any one group of foods
About Maneet Chauhan
Maneet Chauhan is a James Beard Award–winning chef whose restaurants include Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuŏ, The Mockingbird, and Chaatable, all in Nashville. Prior to becoming an executive chef and judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Maneet worked in some of the finest hotels in India before moving to the U.S. to study the culinary arts. She lives in Nashville with her family.