Chaat' means 'to lick' and 'masala' means spice in Hindi. The abundance of asafoetida, mango powder and black salt distinguish chaat masala from other masalas, giving the blend a sourness that makes it a welcome accompaniment to fresh fruit and other snacks.
Chaat masala has both a salty and a sour taste. It is used to flavour fast foods of India
It is a spice that can be added to foods and drinks.