Chef Maneet Chauhan Turns Strawberries Into Delicious Indian Snacks

Strawberries are a delicious fruit that isn’t available throughout the year. But when these fruits are in season, we find ways to use them in almost everything. Pancakes, waffles, cakes – everything and anything can be made better by adding some strawberries to them. However, noted chef Maneet Chauhan has found a way to use strawberries beyond the usual dessert and breakfast. She’s using them to create a delicious sweet and savory Indian snack – chaat.

Maneet’s Strawberry Chaat

Strawberries are not an item that you would commonly associate with chaat in India. But the TV personality has come up with a unique dish that uses sweet strawberries and a tart rhubarb. For the dish, start with a base of a tangy rhubarb chutney which is made by cooking rhubarb with a five-spice blend of seeds of cumin, mustard, whole fenugreek, nigella, and black mustard. This chutney became the base of the dish. Add brown sugar, vinegar, chilly powder, and ginger to the pan. On top, throw in strawberries tossed with a little lime juice, mint leaves, and salt. After adding the tossed strawberries on top of the rhubarb chutney, finish the chaat with masala boondis, which are spiced chickpea flour crunchy balls and some freshly chopped rhubarb.

Chaat and Chauhan

Chauhan states that all the contrasting flavors give this iteration of chaat a new taste. The rhubarb chutney lends the sweetness while the masala boondi adds the crunch. Chaat is such a favorite of the Indian American chef that her Nashville restaurant Chaatable is built around this very Indian dish. Not only that, but this snack has also inspired her award-winning cookbook Chaat. According to Chauhan, the word ‘chaat’ in Hindi literally translates to ‘to lick’. And such is the beauty and taste of the various combinations of chaats that you’re left licking the utensil you’re eating from.

Give Your Pasta a Briny Punch With Pantry Stapels

If cooking is the last thing in your mind, then you are no stranger to pasta and a store-bought jar of pasta sauce. It’s one of the most effortless ways to prepare a filling meal. A quick pasta dish with a glass of wine? A perfect way to unwind after a long hard day, right? We get it; you are all set with your pasta, so why would you want to put in any more effort? But hear us out – what if someone tells you that by putting just a fraction of more effort, you can have yourself a lip-smacking treat. And turn your caveman pasta into an a-la-mode affair with ingredients from your very own pantry? All you need is olives, some canned clams, and spices – and there, you will have your Instagram-worthy pasta ready.

Before Jumping to the Recipe – Let’s Explore the Ingredients

Let’s start the conversation with canned clams – all kinds of canned seafood or, for that matter, food is witnessing rising popularity. And even though fresh is always better – when you are clocking in that many hours in the office – anything that keeps you feel and treats your tastebuds is a win, right?

Canned food was invented to take the hustle out of cooking food – they are perfectly flavored and salted, and all you have to do is cook!

The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it as easy and as difficult as you like. Feeling lazy? Put the canned calms into the store-bought tomato sauce. Want to give Master Chef America a run for its money? Prepare the marina sauce from scratch. The olives and spices used in the recipe give your everyday pasta a very drool-worthy texture.

A Simple 3 Step Process


● salt

● spaghetti

● extra-virgin olive oil

● fennel seeds

● crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste

● marinara sauce

● minced clams in juice drained, and juice reserved

● chopped kalamata olives

Step 1

Boil a pot of salted water and cook pasta – once cooked, drain out the water.

Step 2

Take a nonstick skillet, and start with warming some olive oil until it shimmers, then add fennel seeds and red pepper flakes in the oil and stir – once the species releases the oils and you feel the fragrance add the sauce, clam juice, and olives. – should take a total of about 10 mins from start to end.

Step 3

Add pasta and clams to the mix and mix until the pasta is coated in sauce and calms look cooked. Add more species according to your preference, and voila, your pasta is ready to be served.