Want some chaat?

I love ‘chaat‘. And my quest for tasty chat-pat treats makes me experiment at a variety of places. Roadside stalls to small stand-n-eat eateries to regular restaurants, I try them all, and regularly. Roadside “street enterprises” are always the tastiest. But you would want to ask them where they get their water! Darshinis and larger places have the hygiene, but very rarely the taste you desire.

Let me tell you about this stand-n-eat “chaat-ery” that has a good balance.

Whenever I am in Jayanagar, I make it a point to do masala samosa and masala poori there. Slurp slurp. Its called “Ravi Chats and Snacks” and is housed in the 4th block BDA complex, right across from the main bus stand. Address: No 29, BDA complex, 4th block Jayanagar.

Fairly small and limited menu. And each chaat dents your pocket only by about Rs 10. The guys is experimenting with Indo-Chinese too as you see here. But I advise you not to become a guinea pig for all that greasy stuff.


The best chaat he ‘mixes’ is masala samosa. Potato fillings have never been stale, and the samosa crust is never undercooked. Other ingredients in the mix – mouth flush with water as I type this – always have that chat-pat zing you desire. Never too high on chillies, just a lot of lemon, pure chat-pat and some other goodies I don’t know.

Next best dish is masala poori, essentially the same as masala samosa. But samosa is replaced with crushed and crunchy poories or paapadis. The guy makes his own paapadi, perhaps the reason why I never get that stale oil smell in these.

Ok, I know you were waiting to hear about the hygiene aspect. I have been visiting this place twice every month for over an year now. And touch wood, no upset stomachs or fever traced to this chaat corner so far! The guys used to have a “eureka forbes” till very recently. I didn’t see the machine there duing my last two trips, so I am a bit worried and need to ask the source of water he is using these days.

Regardless, I will say go ahead and risk it once. And tell me if you know similar places for me to try.

6 Comments so far

  1. enigmaticash (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 2:17 am

    slurp!!! me hungry now

  2. Shruthi (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Oh wow!! That looks so slurpilicious!! And to think I live 3 minutes away from this place!!
    Btw have you tried Hot Chips, next to the bus stand? There is an entire treasure out there!

  3. rubic_cube (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 10:38 am

    Some of the best tasting chats that I have had are at the following places.
    1. Koshy’s Calcutta Outpost @ Brigade Road. Beside Bata showroom.
    2. Kartik’s @ CMH Road.
    3. Cool-Joint @ Jayanagar 4th block
    … and many unnamed roadside thelas that dish amazing array of chats!

  4. Shruthi (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    Somebody please post another post quickly so that this one moves down the page – I can’t bear looking at that chaat any more – I cannot concentrate on work! :(

  5. silkboard (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

    Hot chips – Pav Bhaji is good, but rest dont have consistent taste. Good one day, average another.

    Cool-Joint @ Jayanagar 4th block – god, its crowded like people call in advance to reserve “standing” space. Chaat isn’t that great – a but too oily last time I tried it. The place is a hit because of its location – bang in that corner.

    Koshy’s Calcutta outpost, is good! But just a bit too hygenic to give you that kick.

    Will try Kartik’s @ CMH road soon.

  6. coktail (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 9:32 am

    metro train is just a waste or a old junk truck coming on CMH road. im the resident of domlur. its so stupid and our government is a half crack that is mentals, dont they just think of the sad MG road and CMH road. bloody waste bastards.

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