While there’s always an upbeat and welcoming vibe at Irvington’s Chutney Masala, patrons can now buckle up, hold on tight, and experience an all-out Street Food Festival in addition to the regularly scheduled lineup. “We wanted to add something fun and interactive to our regular menu at Chutney Masala,” says Chef/Owner Navjot Arora. “The Street Food Festival menu showcases the most popular street foods found all over India.”
And showcase it does with table-side preparations (so, dine-in only) of classic vegetarian and non-vegetarian street food standards. On the veg side of the Westchester County restaurant’s menu, expect chaat, which is pretty much a snack or small bite, and it’s the most popular form of street food on parade in every part of the Indian subcontinent. Chef Navjot offers four such street snacks, including tikki cholley chaat (potato patties, curried chickpeas, tangy chutneys), and pani poori, or crisp semolina shells filled with flavorful tamarind water.
For a hearty taste of Indian street food at Chutney Masala, consider Indian cheese (paneer) kati rolls or chicken kati rolls, which are similar to typical wrap sandwiches. More adventurous palates might enjoy lamb keema pao, buttery soft rolls with pounded lamb stew, or keema kalaji, which is stir-fried goat liver.
Whether you play it safe or go all out, Navjot expects his Street Food Festival customers to walk away with not only a full belly, but a head full of knowledge. “It is a great way to educate diners about the varieties of flavors and textures throughout the country,” he says.
And being that this is street food, utensils are optional.