What is Chaat?

The word Chaat means savory snack. Chaat is South Indian Street Food. Our “Chaat” dishes are small bite-sized foods typically from South India but popular as roadside meals all over the Indian Subcontinent.

Lotus Chaat and Spices Dosa

What is a Dosa?

Our most popular dish is the Dosa, which is a bit like an Indian crepe or burrito.

Chaat and Dosa, these dishes will not only nourish you but also tingle your tongue and provoke your palate with a kaleidoscope of flavors, textures and spices.

Did we mention that most of these dishes are healthy and gluten-free?

Make Your own Chaat

Lotus Chaat & Spices is now purely a Grocery Store. The Lotus Chaat restaurant which sold Indian Street Food known as “Chaat” closed in 2018 after an 8 year run in the West End of San Rafael. What remains is their Indian Grocery Store, the finest in the North Bay.

Many of the dished served at the Lotus Chaat restaurant can be made at home using ingredients you can buy at the Lotus Chaat grocery. These dishes and snacks are tasty and easy to make yourself, including these popular items:

  • Dosa – a savory rice and lentil crepe
  • Idli – small cakes of steamed, fermented black lentil and rice flour
  • Bhel Puri – savory crunchy puffed rice with vegetables, peanuts and tamarind sauce
  • Pani Puri – Bite-sized thin pastries that you fill with potatoes, chickpeas, onion, and tamarind-mint water
  •  Samosa – Pastry stuffed with peas and potatoes
  • Chutney – Condiment sauce or relish sold many exotic flavors

So what if you are not a master chef! You can easily make these dishes in your own kitchen.

Come to Lotus Chaat and we’ll show you how and provide you all the finest ingredients.

Where to Eat Chaat in Marin

For 8 years Lotus Chaat & Spices was the premiere destination for Indian Street Food in Marin County. The Lotus Chaat restaurant which sold Indian Street Food known as “Chaat” closed in 2018 after an 8 year run in the West End of San Rafael. Now Lotus Chaat & Spices is simply the finest Indian Grocery Store in the North Bay.
Many of the “Chaat” dishes served at the Lotus Chaat restaurant are available at two other Lotus Restaurants in Marin County:

Cafe Lotus Organic Indian Cafe in Fairfax offers you:

  • Parathas
  • Beni Puri
  • Pani Puri
  • Samosa Chaat
  • Vegetable and Lamb Samosas
  • Aloo Tikki ChaatLotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael offers:
  • Channe Ki Chaat
  • Vegetable and Lamb Samosas

Wait, there’s more good news! Cafe Lotus in Fairfax is preparing to offer dosas and Indian pizzas in 2019!