Friday, November 4, 2011

Papri Chaat

Scrumptious and delicious Bhalla papri chaat

Another one of the popular street food which combines very well with gol gappe is papri chaat. Cold and spicy with a blend of sweet, salty and sour goodness this satisfies to the core specially on a warm day. 
Papri chaat combines flavors and textures which give a unique taste in the mouth. The softness of the bhalla, crisp saltiness of the papri, silky texture of boiled potato and bite in the chickpeas are all put together with flavored yogurt and sweet and sour chutneys. Just assemble all the ingredients together and then create individual servings just before eating. Cannot assemble this dish in advance as the yogurt and chutneys will soften up the papri and make it soggy.

Papri Chaat
Ingredients:(serves 4)
8 bhalle or bade soaked in water and drained
24 papris
2 boiled potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup boiled and drained chickpeas
2 cups of salted spiced yogurt
2 tsp ground roasted cumin
2 tsp red chilli powder
fresh coriander leaves
1 green chilli chopped (optional)
1 inch ginger cut in long thin strips (optional)
handful of fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • Just before serving take a small serving plate and lay 2 bhalle and 6 papris on it randomly. Top with a bunch of boiled potatoes and chickpeas.
  • Generously pour spiced yogurt on top of everything covering them all (about 1/2 cup).
  • Sprinkle pinch of cumin powder and red chilli powder. Top with the a tbsp each of the two chutneys. 
  • Garnish with coriander, green chillies and pomegranate seeds.

Assemble all ingredients for the chaat before serving

For Spiced Yogurt
2 cups yogurt
1/3 tsp rock salt (kala namak)
salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground roasted cumin seeds
red chilli powder
ground black pepper
oil for deep frying
  • Take 2 cups of plain yogurt and beat it to smoothen out its consistency( add some water if it is too thick. 
  • Add kala namak, salt, sugar, cumin and red chilli powder and mix well. 
  • Chill before use.

For bhalle
Follow the recipe for making the bade from here till step 6.
Dahi bade

Ingredients:(makes about 2 dozen)
1/2 cup all purpose flour(I use whole wheat)
1/2 tsp oil
salt to taste
water for kneading
oil for frying
  • Take the first three ingredients in a bowl and add a little water at a time to make a stiff dough.
  • Roll out the dough thinly and using a round cookie cutter cut out small inch and a half diameter rounds. 
  • Make some dents on these to prevent them from swelling while frying.
  • Deep fry these papris at medium high until they acquire a uniform golden brown color. Make sure oil is hot enough before frying. If oil is not hot enough then papris will absorb a lot of oil.
  • Drain on a paper towel. Cool and store in an airtight container till use.

Crispy Papri

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