Papdi chaat recipe – Papdi or papri are small flat crisp fried discs / pooris made of plain flour or whole wheat flour. Chaat is a snack with a melange of different tastes. A chaat tastes sweet, sour and hot that comes from the various chutneys and spice powders used. Papdi chaat is one of the popular chaat snacks mostly sold as street food and even in restaurants.
One can find different versions of papdi chaat, I am sharing the simplest and easy one for making at home.
To make delhi style papdi chaat, pakoras made for dahi vada and boiled chickpeas can be used in this recipe.
To make papdi chaat, papri/ puri is the main ingredient which can be made at home or store bought. There are so many kinds of papdis available in the market like baked, fried, frozen and ready to fry or bake.
These are either made with plain flour or whole wheat flour/atta. Since making these is a bit of work, I decided to use the store bought ones which were quite good as they were vacuum sealed.
It is mainly the assembling part which I am showing in this post. If you have all the ingredients ready, assembling doesn’t take much time.
If you plan papdi chaat for a party or a get together then all you need is just assemble them. Making any chaat at home is easy, hygienic, healthy and can be made to suit our taste.
Tips to make the best papri chaat
- Make use of good quality crunchy papdis & sev. Avoid rancid smelling or soft ones.
- Use all other ingredients fresh like boiled potatoes, steamed sprouts, boiled chickpeas, chopped onions and coriander. Fresh ingredients make a lot of difference in the flavors and taste.
- Make fresh green chutney and garlic chili chutney preferably the same day. Dates tamarind chutney can be made ahead and refrigerated. The key to good chaat is in using fresh chutneys especially the green chutney.
- Make sure dahi/ curd is thick, fresh and not sour. You can make this the previous day and refrigerate. If you are new to making curd at home, you can check this post on how to make curd at home. If dahi / curd is not thick strain it a bit by adding it to a muslin cloth and squeezing of excess whey.
- If making for a party, keep the consistency of all the chutneys slightly thick as it prevents the papri chaat turning soggy quickly. This keeps the chaat crunchy for some time – about 20 to 30 mins. Set aside 3 bowls of slightly runny chutneys so that your guests can add more as desired.
Papdi chaat or papri chaat recipe
Papdi chaat | papri chaat recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
Ingredients for papdi chaat
- 15 papdi or puri (baked or fried, prefer whole wheat ones)
- 1 potato medium to large , boiled or steamed & chopped
- ½ cup moong sprouts or kabuli chana(boiled, steamed optional)
- ½ cup curd thick, fresh / dahi / yogurt
- 1 tbsp sugar for dahi
- 1 onion medium , chopped finely
- 1 Handful coriander leaves fresh, chopped
- ½ cup nylon sev
- ¼ tsp cumin roasted, / jeera powder
- ¼ to ½ tsp chaat masala
For green chutney
- 2 cup coriander leaves / daniya patta
- ½ to ¾ cup mint / pudina
- 2 green chili (use as needed)
- ¼ inch ginger piece , / adrak
- 1 garlic clove / lahsun (optional)
- ½ tsp cumin / jeera
- Lemon juice as needed
- 1 to 2 tbsp fried gram / bhuna chana
- Salt as needed
- water as needed
For tamarind chutney
- ¼ cup tamarind / imli (seedless)
- ½ cup jaggery or ¼ cup jaggery & ¼ cup dates (seedless) (use as needed)
- Water as needed
- Salt to taste
- ¼ to ½ tsp ginger powder dry , / saunth or sonti powder
- ½ tsp cumin powder roasted , / jeera powder
- ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp coriander powder / daniya powder or garam masala
For chili garlic chutney or red chutney
- 12 to 14 red chilies deseeded (preferably kashmiri, not hot variety)
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves medium
- salt Little
- ½ tsp sugar
How to make the recipe
Make green chutney
- Add coriander, mint, garlic, ginger, chili, cumin, salt and lemon juice to a mixer jar along with fried gram (optional).
- Pour water just as needed and blend to a fine thick chutney.
Make tamarind chutney
- Soak tamarind, jaggery and dates (optional) in hot water.
- Boil until they soften.
- Add chili powder, cumin, coriander powder, salt, red chili or powder.
- Cool this and blend well. If needed add more water.
- Pass through a strainer. If you have not used dates you can skip blending and just pass through the strainer.
- Taste it and add more or less jaggery to suit your taste.
Make garlic chutney (optional)
- You can skip this section and just sprinkle some red chili powder over the potatoes.
- Add red chilies to a bowl and soak them in little hot water until they soften.
- Blend them in a small jar with garlic & little sugar to a smooth chutney.
- Use water as needed and blend to a thick paste.
How to make papdi chaat
- Add curd and sugar to a bowl and beat well until smooth.
- Pour water if desired to the chutneys to bring to a consistency. Thicker chutney will keep your papdis crisp.
- Place papdis in individual serving plates.
- Slice or chop the boiled potatoes and place them over the papdis.
- Next add steamed moong sprouts (optional).
- Add some garlic chilli chutney and then freshly chopped onions and then yogurt.
- Add little green chutney & then the tamarind dates chutney.
- Sprinkle a dash of cumin / jeera powder and chaat masala.
- Sprinkle generous amount of nylon sev and then chopped coriander leaves.
- Serve papdi chaat right away after assembling.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
If you are a beginner or new to Indian cooking, I highly suggest you to check the supporting step by step photos for best results. Step by step photos with description available below after the recipe card.
1. To make green chutney, add coriander, mint, garlic, ginger, chili, cumin, salt and lemon juice to a mixer jar along with fried gram. Add water as needed and blend to a fine chutney. You can find the detailed post on green chutney here.
2. To make tamarind chutney, soak tamarind, jaggery and dates if using in hot water. Boil until they soften. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander powder, salt, red chili or powder. Cool this and blend well. If needed add more water. Pass through a strainer. If you have not used dates you can skip blending and just pass through the strainer. You can add more or less jaggery as needed.
3. If you do not prefer garlic chilli chutney, then sprinkle some red chili powder over the potatoes. But garlic chili chutney adds a punch to the papdi chaat. To make garlic chilli chutney – pour hot water to red chilies and soak them until they soften. Blend them along with garlic & very little sugar to reduce pungent taste. Use water as needed and blend to a thick paste.
Preparing dahi for papdi chaat
3. We need thick & fresh dahi for making this. Add little sugar to mildly sweeten it. You can also use powdered sugar.
4. Beat well until the curd turns smooth.
How to make papdi chaat recipe
5. Place the papdis in individual serving plates. If you are using large papdis or making for kids, you can break each of them to 2 or 3 as well.
6. Place chopped or mashed boiled potatoes. Do not use refrigerated boiled potatoes, it is unhealthy. I boiled them in a pot of water until just done. Make sure they do not turn mushy. Slice or chop them.
7. Add moong sprouts, these are optional. I steamed them in a pot.
8. Add a good amount of garlic chili chutney. You can add water to all the 3 chutneys and bring to a slightly thick but pouring consistency. We prefer it thick since the chutney will turn runny after adding yogurt to the serving plate.
9. Add freshly chopped onions.
10. Add dahi as desired.
11. Add green chutney as desired. I added a generous amount of lemon juice while making the chutney. Even then the chutney discolored I guess it is the mint/ pudina. You can add water to your green chutney to make it runny. Here again I added it thick.
12. Add tamarind dates chutney.
13. Sprinkle cumin / jeera powder and chaat masala.
14. Sprinkle generous amount of nylon sev and then chopped coriander leaves.
Serve papdi chaat right away after assembling.