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Chaat bar (is there such a thing)?

As a veteran of Rajbhog, Maharajah Sweets, and Dimple, I am now looking for something which I am not quite sure exists - a chaat bar, where a person can make his or her own chaat with all the ingredients and fixins, sort of like a salad bar for chaat. Does such a thing exist? If it sounds improbable, I'm only asking because I *seem* to recall reading about a chaat bar on a CH thread a long while back, but I can't find that post again...

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  1. Cool idea. I might try this for a party and let you know.

    1. Well, I thought I had one for you; close, but no banana! http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-11-1...

      1. Although I'm not a fan of Jackson Diner, they do have a make-your-own-chaat bar at their weekend buffet. I sometimes stop by just so I can have unlimited chaat.

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        1. re: saritad

          I hadn't been to Jackson Diner in years, but seeing that chaat bar brought me in for lunch when I was shopping at Patel Bros a couple weeks ago. It was nothing humongous, but having papri, aloo tikki and chickpea chaat to go with a decent lunch was a good deal.

          1. re: saritad

            similar "bar" at Indian Taj although really, its just the usual condiments, potatoes, chick peas, papri, raw onions, etc. but with the samosas on the buffet, you could def. build y ourself a samosa chaat or something like that. probably the best thing about the place.

          2. Bukhara Grill in Manhattan has one, although it was not extensive.

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            1. re: Andrew Hyatt

              The idea of a chaat bar sort of runs counter to the whole idea behind chaat culture. I believe that the Chaatwallah has as much to do with the quality of the Chaat as the ingredients (although they also play a part). I would add that the chaat places in Edison are far superior to anything I've experience in Queens or Brooklyn. I would highly recommend a trip out there (I went to Dimple express, not clear if there is a relationship with the Manhattan Dimple but it was excellent).

              1. re: mmm...food

                You are partly right, but in India, families make chaat at home almost as often as they eat it out. I once had an auntie feed me bite after bite of pani puri at the kitchen table. Making it from a "bar" is kind of the same idea, but more convenient for people who may not want to go shopping for all the ingredients.

            2. Indus Express on 48th between 5th and 6th.

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              1. re: brooklynmasala

                not really a bar, iirc....they make the dishes,, no?

                1. re: david sprague

                  I thought of mentioning that one, too. The bar is behind glass, but you can direct the chaatwallah to add more of one ingredient or another and to hold back on others, if you know how you like your chaat.