Mrs Market | Meet the Trader - Chiit Chaat
Meet the Trader Series-Promoting Marketti traders to encourage shoppers to get #downthemarket and shop local. Chiit Chat founder Kala Mandviwala tells us about her business and what makes it special.
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Meet the Trader – Chiit Chaat

Meet the Trader – Chiit Chaat

Some like it hot! Did you know the average Brit spends over £30,000 on curry in their lifetime? Well, for a dish which is surely anything but average head to Chiit Chat in Dunkinfield for nutritious,

authentic curry. Founder Kala Mandviwala tells us how she shakes up her family recipes and engages with street food enthusiasts! 


Kala Mandviwala

Business name

Chiit Chaat – “Indian food worth talking about…”

What town do you work in?

Dukinfield, Cheshire

Tell us something that makes your town special.

A small industrial town known for its mills and it’s contribution to the industrial revolution, with many mills now converted to apartments for to attract the younger generation back to its roots

How long have you been in business? Is it something you started yourself, inherited or ‘fell into’?

I started my business last year in 2018 to follow my passion for cooking food, Indian food!! I come from a large family where we all had roles in the kitchen and I’ve been cooking Indian bread from the age of 10 and love it

What’s special about your business? What sets you apart from the competition?

I’m creating Indian street food, some recipes which are not found in restaurants, giving foodies a true taste of India . Food is lovingly cooked using wholesome fresh ingredients and special spices to create a fresh authentic taste all freshly made to order.

Anything else you want to tell us about your business? Have you got famous customers, do you do anything special for the local community, do you run workshops?

I run masterclass workshops for enthusiasts interested in learning new ways of cooking Indian street food using basic staple everyday ingredients like the humble potato using creativity to make a delicious family dish which is healthy, nutritional, tasty and easy to make. I like to create recipes from tinned and fresh items available in food banks and using a little imagination creating tasty dishes!!

Do you employ other people? Are they friends, relatives or ‘just employees? What do they bring to the business?

At the moment, it’s just myself and my hubby is a great help too when I need a additional pair of hands!!

Tell us ONE thing you love about being a market trader.

The looks on people’s faces when they come back and tell you how much they enjoyed your food, that’s priceless!! It’s all made with lots of love and attention

Tell us ONE thing you could do without.

My attaché case I used for my job of 34 years!!!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The planning and prepping for the next event

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