Banaras Tamatar Ki Chaat

Learn how to make Banaras Tamatar Ki Chaat Recipe by Manjula

Banaras Tamatar ki Chaat

Tamatar ki Chaat is a popular street chaat from Banaras. This vegan and gluten free tomato chaat is a unique dish that bursts with flavor. It is made with a delectable combination of tomatoes, potatoes, nuts, spices and drizzled with a spicy sugar syrup. I ate this chaat almost a decade ago while visiting Banaras and can remember the unique flavor till today! The unforgettable flavors of this chaat made me want to see if I could recreate it! After several tries, I feel like I came pretty close to making this dish how I remember it. I served it at a recent lunch with friends and was overwhelmed at the positive response. My friends raved about this chaat and insisted I do the video recipe for it as soon as possible. Make sure to try. Tamatar ki Chaat and tell me what you think!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Chaat
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Stir Fry Wok Pan, 12 Inch, Black
Rani Garam Masala Indian 11-Spice Blend


  • 3 cup tomatoes chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup potatoes boiled and roughly mashed
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp cashew crushed
  • 1 Tbsp ginger chopped adrak
  • 1 Tbsp green chili finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder kaali mirch
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin seeds powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black salt
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Spicy Sugar syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black salt

For Garnishing

  • ¼ cup boondi


Spicy Syrup

  • In a saucepan boil all the syrup ingredients water, sugar, salt, black salt, chili powder, lemon juice and cumin powder over medium heat. Mix well and boil for about 5 minutes or until syrup is sticky. Set aside, (we will use this later for garnishing)

For making tamatar ki chaat

  • In a frying pan heat the oil over low medium heat. Add cashew powder, ginger, green chili, and red chili powder stir fry for about 30 seconds.
  • Next add tomato, salt, black salt, black pepper, cumin powder and stir for 2 minutes, add ½ cup of water and bring it to boil, boil over medium heat about for 3 minutes or until tomatoes soften slightly.
  • Now add potato mix gently cover the pan and let it cook for about 3 minutes until tomatoes are soft but not mushy, and oil starts to separate. Notes: Make sure do not mash tomatoes and potatoes completely, as we need to enjoy the bite of tomatoes and potatoes.
  • Add cilantro garam masala, lemon juice and sugar. mix well.
  • Tomato chaat is ready. Banarsi tamatar chaat tastes the best when sweetness and tanginess is well balanced. Taste and adjust salt sugar and lemon juice. Very aromatic
  • For servingtamatar chaat: in an individual serving bowl take about ¼ cup of tamatar ki chaat, top with about 2 tablespoons of syrup and boondi. Chaat without chutney, I am using spicy syrup instead of chutney.


  • Make sure do not mash tomatoes and potatoes completely, as we need to enjoy the bite of tomato and potatoes
  • Banaras tamatar chaat tastes the best when sweetness and tanginess is well balanced.
If you enjoy spicy snacks, you should also try sweet potato chaat,
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


How to make Banarasi Tamatar Chaat Recipe – Manjula’s Kitchen

Banarasi Tamatar Chaat is a flavorful and spicy vegan tomato-based chaat (savory snack) that originates from Banaras or Varanasi, a city in the northern part of India. It is a popular gluten free street food known for its distinctive taste and the unique combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors. To prepare Banarasi Tamatar Chaat, follow this tamatar chaat recipe:

Spicy Syrup:

To create the syrup for our dish, start by gathering your ingredients. In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, salt, black salt, chili powder, lemon juice, and cumin powder. These elements will come together to form a flavorful and balanced syrup. Once all the ingredients are in the saucepan, place it over medium heat. The goal here is to allow the mixture to cook and meld, developing a harmonious blend of sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy flavors. Cooking it over medium heat ensures a gradual and even infusion of these elements. 

As the saucepan warms up, keep a close eye on the mixture. Stir occasionally to help the sugar dissolve and to ensure that all the ingredients are well incorporated. The heat will play a crucial role in transforming these individual components into a cohesive syrup that will elevate the overall taste of our dish. Stir the ingredients well to ensure they are thoroughly mixed. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and then let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to make sure the syrup reaches a sticky consistency. 

Once the syrup achieves the desired stickiness, remove the saucepan from the heat. This syrup will be set aside and used later for garnishing. It adds a flavorful touch to our dish. Now that the syrup is ready, you can move on to the next steps of your recipe.

Tamatar Ki Chaat:

Let’s explore further as we create the delectable Banaras Tamatar Chaat, a delightful dish featuring the vibrant combination of tomatoes and aromatic spices. Follow these detailed steps to bring this tantalizing Tamatar ki Chaat to life.

1. Heating the Oil:

Begin by heating oil in a frying pan over low to medium heat. Allow it to warm up, setting the stage for the rich flavors to unfold.

2. Adding Aromatic Ingredients:

Once the oil reaches the right temperature, introduce cashew powder, ginger, green chili, and red chili powder. Stir-fry this aromatic mix for about 30 seconds, letting the spices infuse the oil with their essence.

3. Incorporating Tomatoes and Spices:

Add tomatoes to the pan, along with salt, black salt, black pepper, and cumin powder. Stir this flavorful combination for a duration of 2 minutes, allowing the spices to mingle with the tomatoes.

4. Introducing Water and Simmering:

Pour in half a cup of water to the pan. Bring it to a gentle boil and let it simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes or until the tomatoes slightly soften. This simmering process enhances the infusion of flavors.

5. Adding Potatoes:

Gently fold in the potatoes, ensuring they are coated with the aromatic tomato-spice mixture. Cover the pan and let it cook for approximately 3 minutes. Aim for the tomatoes to be soft but not mushy, and observe the oil starting to separate, a sign of the dish’s richness.

6. Preserving Texture:

As you stir, be mindful not to mash the tomatoes and potatoes completely. Preserving their texture is key to the appeal of Banarasi Tamatar Chaat.

7. Final Touch:

Elevate the flavors with a final touch. Add cilantro for freshness, garam masala for warmth, lemon juice for a zesty kick, and a hint of sugar to balance the savory notes. Mix everything thoroughly, allowing the ingredients to harmonize.

8. Adjusting Sweetness and Tanginess:

Before presenting your Banarasi Tamatar ki Chaat, take a moment to taste and adjust. Fine-tune the sweetness, tanginess, and salt levels to achieve a well-balanced and harmonious flavor profile.

The Banaras Tamatar Chaat recipe is a symphony of textures and flavors. The careful combination of spices, the gentle simmering, and the final touch of freshness and warmth create a dish that captures the essence of Banaras (Varanasi), known for its rich culinary heritage. As you savor each bite of this Tamatar Chaat, you’ll experience the unique and delightful taste that defines this iconic recipe. Enjoy the journey of creating and relishing the Banarasi Tamatar ki Chaat in your own kitchen!

If you enjoy spicy snacks, you should also try Sweet potato chaat, Khasta Kachori Besan, Crispy Vegetable Pakoras, Dahi Puri Chaat & Bread Dahi Vada

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