At dinner at Preeti’s house, she let me in on a delicious secret–mix an Indian spice blend called chaat masala with sour cream or yogurt, use it as a marinade for large shrimp, and grill them quickly for a fabulous appetizer. Chaat Masala is a combination of spices that usually includes mango powder, cumin, black salt, coriander and ginger. Indian grocery stores carry it, or you can make your own.
Then, while making dinner with another friend, we recreated the dish perfectly. We left more chaat masala at his house, and heard the next day he had made the shrimp with yet another friend, who says he’ll make this a summertime entertaining staple as well. We’re spreading the chaat masala, learning from one friend and introducing it to others.