Explore the bold flavors, regional dishes, and stunning scenery of India with Chopped judge and James Beard Award-winning chef Maneet Chauhan.
In Chaat, Maneet Chauhan explores India’s most iconic, delicious, and fun-to-eat foods coming from and inspired by her discoveries during an epic cross-country railway journey that brought her to local markets, street vendors, and the homes of family and friends. From simple roasted sweet potatoes with star fruit, lemon, and spices to a fragrant layered chicken biryani rice casserole, and the flakiest onion and egg stuffed flatbreads, the recipes are varied, colorful, and expressive.
Maneet weaves in personal stories and remembrances as well as historical and cultural notes as she winds her way from North to South and East to West, sharing recipes like Goan Fried Shrimp Turnovers, Chicken Momo Dumplings from Guwahati in Assam, Hyderabad’s Spicy Pineapple Chaat, and Warm-Spiced Carrot and Semolina Pudding from Amristar. Chaat is a celebration of the diversity of India’s food and people.
Maneet Chauhan is a James Beard Award-winning chef, television personality, author and the founding partner and president of Morph Hospitality Group in Nashville, Tennessee. Her celebrated restaurant concepts include Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuǒ, The Mockingbird and Chaatable, and have been featured in publications like Food & Wine, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Prior to becoming an executive chef and judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Maneet worked in some of the finest hotels in her native India before the start of her professional career in the States. Maneet currently lives in the Nashville area with her husband and two children.