In each major Indian city, there are popular chaathouses or dhabas. The chaat specialties also vary from city to city.Most chaats are based on fried dough, with various other ingredients. Popular types include the original Chaat which is a mixture of Potato pieces, crispy fried bread, gram bean and spices, Aloo Tikkis , bhel puri, dahi puri, panipuri, dahi vada, papdi chaat, and sev puri. Each is markedly different from the others in ingredients and form, but have several common elements including dahi, or yogurt; chopped onions and coriander; sev (small dried yellow noodles); and chaat masala. This is a masala, or spice mix, typically consisting of amchoor (dried mango powder), cumin, black salt, coriander, dried ginger, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. The ingredients are combined and served on a small plate or a banana leaf, dried and formed into a bowl.
(source - wikipedia)
Right from my childhood days i used to love chaat of any kind.I remember my college days when my friends and i used to relish it from the roadside stalls even when it was heavily raining.Having a spicy chaat on a rainy day is just perfect,couldnt ask for anthing better.This is my entry to Ben's Food for Plastic Challenge -kidz!!!
Ben's this month challenge mainly inspired by Tupperware celebrating April as Children’s month.They are donating from the sale of selected items to the Boys & Girls Clubs
Here i have prepared papdi chaat.As i said earlier its common to use yogurt in chaat i personally didnt use it in mine as i am not fond of it but i did add it in my hubby's plate.The photos you see here are from my plate. INGREDIENTS
Papdi- store bought
dried peas ,green or white-1 1/2 cups
cumin seeds-1 tsp
red chili pdr - 1 tsp
asafoetida- a pinch
curd - whisked smooth adding little water
onions - chopped,small amount
tomato- chopped,small amount
chaat masala ( available in any indian grocery stores)
sweet tamarind sauce
coriander leaves- a bunch, chopped fine
NOTE- I have not mentioned the measuremnts of the ingredients because one can add any amount according to one's taste.
Soak the peas for 3-4 hrs and pressure cook it with some salt and water.In a pan pour some oil.When it gets slightly hot add cumin seeds,turmeric and red chilli pdr.Now add the cooked peas.When it starts to boil sprinkle some asafoetida and keep it aside.
Take a plate.First a layer of broken papdi.Then pour some peas curry over it.Then a layer of curd .Sprinkle some chaat masala.Then some chopped onions and tomato.Then a layer of sweet tamarind sauce and some sev.Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon piece.You can also add some broken papdi pieces on top.