Friday, August 20, 2010

Paapri Chaat

Last Ramadan when my sister was here in Pakistan, she taught me this delicious Paapri Chaat and since then it's equally famous among my family and extended family members.

Paapri Chaat is a mouth watering North Indian fast food, relished by most of the people. It can be found easily on the roadside food carts all over India & Pakistan. 

In the realm of chaat recipes, Paapri Chaat, is a favorite. The chutney drizzled on a bed of chickpeas, boiled potatoes, lends a sweet, tangy and savory note, further fortified with beaten yogurt and finished with chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves and Paapri, adding crunch to the hearty chaat. A crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe that is quick to fix provided you have done some preparation work ahead. Wow your guests by artfully arranging the papdi with zesty toppings and vibrant garnishes for an impressive beginning to a dinner or lunch.

Paapri Chaat 

Paapri Chaat

Chickpeas 250 grams (boiled)
Salt ½ tsp
Red chili flakes ½ tsp
Crushed coriander ¼ tsp
Crushed zeera ¼ tsp
Khatti Meethi Chutney 6-7 tbsp (or according to your taste)
Yogurt (beaten) 4-5 tbsp
Chaat masala 1 tsp
Potato boiled 1 medium (cut into cubes)
Onion chopped 1 small
Tomato chopped 1 small (without seeds)
Coriander leaves chopped for garnishing
Green chillies 2 finely chopped
Paapri (ready made) 3/4 cup

Ingredients for Khatti Meethi Chatni:
Dates 4 ounces
Tamarind pulp ½ cup
Water 1 cup
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
White cumin 1 tsp
Garlic paste 1 tsp
Soak 4 ounces dates in 1 cup water for 1 hour, drain, remove seeds. And blend rest of the ingredients and soak dates till smooth.

How to Assemble:
Mix chickpeas and boiled potatoes in a serving platter with salt, red chili flakes, crushed zeera and crushed coriander. Drizzle Khatti Meethi Chatni, beaten yogurt (don't mix it, just drizzle on top). Sprinkle chopped onion, tomato, green chillies, crushed paapri, chaat masala and coriander leaves on top. And serve immediately.

NOTE: Prepare this Chaat, and add Paapri few minutes before serving otherwise it will become soggy.


  1. My favorite! It goes very well with bhalle. :) Try with that. Softness of bhalle and crunchiness of papri. :)

  2. @CookieNF My favorite too! :)

    @CK Will definitely try that soon. Thanks :)

  3. It's what adds the final touches to the iftar!

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