• Preeti Vaswani

PAPDI CHAAT

A blast of flavours on a plate to treat your taste buds !!!!


This Papdi Chaat is a combination of crispy and crunchy papdi topped with boiled potato and chickpea, tamarind and green chutney, chilled yogurt, garnished with nylon sev and pomegranate arils, dusted generously with red chili powder and roasted cumin seed powder. This chaat is a perfect blend of all contrasting flavours from sweet to sour, spicy to tangy, and crunchy to soft.





If you have not had it till now, you have been missing a lot. It is the most loved chaat recipe among chaat fanatics. Standing by the roadside and relishing the zesty chaat papdi is nothing less than heavenly.



What is chaat ?


To my readers who are not friendly with what chaat is, let me tell you that it is a category of Indian Street Food. It is a savoury-spicy-sweet-tangy at the same time soft and crunchy snack or you can say fast food typically served on the tracks of streets in the Indian subcontinent as an hors d'oeuvre.



What goes in chaat ?


Carb base - All the chaat dishes have a carb base varying from papdi to samosa, puffed rice to potato tikki .


Chutneys - Generously spooned over the carb base is the combination of tamarind chutney, green chutney and sometimes red garlic chutney. You can not do a chaat without chutney and chat without chaat. It is the ultimate game-changer ingredient in the chaat.


Yogurt - Mildly sweetened, chilled yogurt makes chaat refreshing.


Vegetables - Raw or boiled veggies add texture to the chaat. Boiled and cubed potatoes, green sprouts, boiled chickpea are commonly used in chaat.


Crunchy topping - No chaat is complete without the crunchy toppings like raw onion, cucumber, fine nylon sev or pomegranate arils.


Spices - Red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala are added to give a hot and strong flavour to the chaat.



How is Papdi chaat made ? What all I added ?


In papdi chaat, crispy deep-fried, flat, all purpose flour papri makes the carb base. It can be homemade or store-bought. If I have time I prefer homemade papdi. This time I made papdi at home well in advance and stored it in an airtight container.

Tamarind chutney and green chutney can be prepared well in advance. I have posted the recipe for this two chutney on my blog before. I always keep a good stock of these chutneys in the refrigerator.

Once these three basic ingredients are ready then you only need boiled potatoes, boiled chickpea, yogurt and spices to assemble the papri chaat. It hardly takes a few minutes to assemble papdi chaat.


Papdi chaat can be served as a snack or appetizer in a kitty party or it can be your 4 O' Clock tea time snack. Be ready to receive loads of compliments from your family and friends once they devour homemade papdi chaat.


Making it in advance


Papdi chaat requires a lot of ingredients to go in it. So it might be a huge task to prepare all on the same day you want to serve.


A little planning can save you from the hassle of the last moment. I always make the papdi a day or two before and store it in an airtight container.


Prepare the green chutney and tamarind chutney well in advance and store it in the refrigerator.


Boil, peel and dice the potato and store it in the refrigerator. Similarly, store the boiled chickpea too.


Even you can whisk the yogurt and set it aside in the refrigerator to use it later.


If you are ready with all the above, it takes a few minutes to assemble the papdi chaat on the day you want to serve.



Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snack/Appetizer

Prep time : 5 minutes

Servings : 4



Ingredients

  • 16-20 Papdi

  • 1/2 Cup boiled black chickpea

  • 1 Big-sized potato boiled, peeled and diced

  • 1 1/2 Cup thick yogurt

  • 2–3 Tbsp green chutney

  • 2–3 Tbsp tamarind chutney

  • 2-4 Tbsp nylon sev

  • 1 Tsp cumin powder (jeera powder

  • 1 Tsp red chili powder

  • 1 1/2 Tsp salt

  • 1 Tsp sugar

  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion

  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate arils

  • Fresh coriander leaves

  • 1/4 Cup water


Instructions


1. Combine yogurt, salt and sugar in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water and whisk till there are no lumps and it becomes creamy in texture. Do not add much water as we need a thick creamy yogurt.





2. Assemble boiled, peeled and cubed potato, boiled chickpea, chopped onion, nylon sev in separate bowls.






3. Gather tamarind chutney, green chutney, red chili powder, and roasted cumin powder nearby.






4. Arrange 6-7 papdi on a plate. You can crush the papdi with your hand and arrange it on a plate.

5. Pour 4-5 tbsp of whisked yogurt over the papdi. Also add tamarind chutney and green chutney as per your liking.

6. Top it with boiled potato and black chickpea. Again pour some more whisked yogurt, tamarind chutney and green chutney.

7. Next sprinkle chopped onion and nylon sev.

8. Dust with red chili powder and roasted cumin seed powder.

9. Garnish with coriander leaves and pomegranate arils.





10. Serve immediately otherwise the papdi will become soggy and lose its crunch.


Hard for me to resist this palatable plate.......ultimate papdi chaat


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If you’ve tried this Papdi Chaat Recipe then do mention in comments how it was. I would love to hear from you.


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