Chatpata Nimbu Paani

Chef Gaggan Anand describes "chatpata" as an umami trifecta of sweet, spicy, and salty. Chatpata is the flavour you get by using Chaat Masala. I created this drink by combining two of my favourites. Indian Jal Zeera, and a Pakistani Masala Soda Drink I had when I visited Islamabad, Pakistan. The upside of being global, is that you can let your imagination run wild and create things from your taste memory. A lot of the recipes you all will see are from that trunk of taste memories. 

There is no such "recipe" for this. It is more of an assembling of ingredients. I will list down the ingredients and spices I used for this drink. However, it is largely upon the creator to tweak the amount of sugar and spice according to their taste. The "black salt" I am using in this recipe, looks pink. Please do not confuse it with salt that looks black in colour. It is also not Himalayan Salt; although it looks very similar to it. Your best chances of finding it are in your local Indian grocery store. You will know it is the right one because it smells very unsavoury (trust me it doesn't taste that way). And if you are Pukhtoon, you will refer to it as "Puska Malga" a hilarious term introduced to me by my husband's niece. I rather not translate it for you all, lest it puts you off from trying this drink! The measurements I have included have worked perfectly for me. 


Makes 2 glasses

  • Juice of 2 lemons (One lemon for each glass)
  • 6 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cumin 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Chaat Masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Salt
  • 2 cups of cold water


Mix the sugar with the lemon juice till it dissolves. Add the spices and mix thoroughly. Add the cold water and stir again. Enjoy!!!