Thursday, September 27, 2012

Papri Chaat....finger-licking savoury snack

Chaat.....Chatpati Chaat....these words always reminds me of my favorite Chaat vendor at Gol Building Circle in Jodhpur. A small roadside tiny eatery always use to attract me and I was present there to eat yummy delicious Chaat either with Mom or with my friends almost every alternate day....The mingling taste of spicy, sweet, sour and crunchy was enough to fill up the stomachs of many foodies like me...

Papri Chaat has always been one of my favorite due to the awesome combination of sweet n sour Chutneys and crunchy Papris.

After coming to US, the one item that I was missing a lot is the Chaat...but all thanks to some recipes of Chaat that are available on internet and remembering the flavor and taste of Indian Chaat....I can now make good and tasty Chaat at home. This one I prepared for a Chaat Party organised at my place in St Louis. Ahhh..... I simply love Midwest !!!!!!!

Simple shopping of simple ingredients....and this finger-licking savory snack is ready....

Papri Chaat refers to crispy fried dough Wafers garnished with boiled Potatoes, boiled Chick Peas, Red Chili Powder, Yogurt, Tamarind Chutney and Chaat Masala.

Here is my method of making Papri Chaat:





Ingredients:

For Papri:
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour 
  • 1/4 cup Soozi / Rava 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain Seeds 
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable/Canola Oil 
  • 1/3 cup Water
For Garnishing:
  • 2 medium Boiled Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds 
  • 1/2 cup Boiled Chickpeas 
  • 1 Onion, very thinly sliced into circles { optional } 
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro/Mint Chutney
  • 2 tablespoons Tamarind Chutney
  • 1 teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder, fresh 
  • 1/2 tsp Black Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala 
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder 
  • 2 tablespoon Yogurt 
  • 4 tablespoon Sev
Directions:

For Papri:
  1. Sift All Purpose Flour, Soozi, Ajwain and Salt in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of Oil. Using both hands, rub the oil into the flour until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
  3. Add a little water at a time and bind the flour into a firm, pilable dough.
  4. Knead it really well for about 7-8 minutes.
  5. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Roll each dough into large thin rounds. Prick all over with the fork to avoid puffing while frying, and cut them into 1.5" squares with a pizza cutter or a sharp knife.
  7. Heat oil in a deep frying pan { To check if the oil is ready, just put a small dough in the oil. the dough should sizzle right away but come up to the surface slowly. If the dough rises immediately, let the oil cool slightly and try again after few seconds}.
  8. Deep fry a few papris at a time over medium heat to a crisp golden color.
For Garnishing:
  1. Arrange the Papris on a serving dish.
  2. Spread Potatoes on it neatly, now spread Onions on top.
  3. Mash the Chickpeas slightly with back of a fork and mix with Hari Chutney.
  4. Now place half a teaspoon of the Chickpea mixture on top of onions.
  5. Add the spices: Roasted Cumin seeds powder, Chaat Masala and black salt
  6. Top with yogurt. Sprinkle Red Chili powder to taste.
  7. Finish the Papri Chaat by adding a dash of Tamarind Chutney on top and serve immediately {The process of garnishing near about 20 Papris will not even take 5 minutes if all the ingredients are ready on counter-top}.
My entry to:












Good chefs always taste their recipe...go ahead.....and say WOW!!!!!!!!!

8 comments:

Aakanksha said...

This is the best photo I have seen of Papri Chaat....

Jillu said...

Thanks For linking it up Anshu.... Looks lovely....

Anonymous said...

Yummmm....Yummmm....Yummmmy

Desisoccermom said...

Anshu,

Thank you for the chatpati entry. Love papri chaat. :-)

Amy said...

new recipe for me...sounds like a delicious snack...

notyet100 said...

Ummm delicious,,level like picking one,,

Anonymous said...

is it important to serve immediately? I have to go to a potluck so can I prepare this at home and then take it?

Anshu Bhatnagar said...

Nothing will happen for half an hour or so...just handle with care as a minor shake or knock can cause the layers to come off...

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