Papri Chaat

Papri chaat is my all time favourite snack. Whenever my mum invites her friends around for tea, this is a must have on the table! It’s tangy, slightly sweet from the tamarind and the papri adds a wonderful crunch! Did I also mention that it’s healthy? (apart from the papri of course!) It’s fresh, quick, light and so satisfying.

Chaat is a common street food originating from Uttar Pradesh in Northern India, and is available across India and Pakistan. The taste and recipes vary from place to place – some people like adding potatoes, some add dahi vada (lentil dumplings) whereas some add curried chickpeas. Whichever one you have, it will always packs a punch!

In my recipe I am adding papri (or papdi as it’s sometimes spelt), which refers to a savoury wafer (kind of like a popadom). The ones that I used are also known as “namak parey” and you can get them in bigger supermarkets or most South Asian shops and bakeries.

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Ingredients:

  • Tin of chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 4 teaspoons chaat masala
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • Drizzle of tamarind chutney (optional)
  • Drizzle of green chilli and mint sauce (optional)
  • Handful chopped coriander
  • 4 tbsp yogurt
  • Mix it all up!
  • Sprinkle sev or Bombay mix on top and papdi/ papri (or poppadoms)
  • Sprinkle pomegranate (optional) .

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the drained chickpeas, chopped onions, chopped tomatos, chaat masala, lemon juice, chilli flakes, coriander and salt.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and mix.
  3. Serve onto a plate or bowl and drizzle the rest of the yogurt, tamarind chutney, green chilli and mint sauce, sev, papdi and pomegranates.

And that’s it, easy peasy!

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