Sunday, April 20, 2008


Chaat , literally meaning "to lick or taste"in hindi, is a word used across India, Pakistan and the rest of South Asia to refer to small plates of savory snacks, typically served at the side of the road from stalls or carts. Most chaats originated in North India and Gujarat, but they are now eaten across the country.
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
turmeric-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.

Serve it immediately.


roopa said...

mmmm my favorite:) so many you have posted ...loved the bhindi masala pic too:)

Dhivya said...

My favorite too!!looks so going to try this soon

meeso said...

Well, for a first time visit to your blog this is a nice dish to see! It looks great and I will have to try it soon :)

ranji said...

roopa,dhivya,meeso thank u so much..:)

Purnima said...

The chaat has me drooling n cravings for mumbai street chats has heightened now!! Your platter looks totally yum!

Annu said...

WOW looks mouthwatering......must tasted good.

Cham said...

They look delicous and crunchy, ur plate looks delicous..

Arundathi said...

Love papdi chaat!

Uma said...

Yummy Chat, Ranji! lovely entry.

Trupti said...

papadi chat looks yummy..i also love this chat

ANJALI J. said...

I love all kinds of chaat.. i would love to try this looks mouthwatering!

TBC said...

This reminds me of the days I used to frequent the Mumbai street-food stalls. I so miss those days!

Vani said...

I love chaat! Papdi chaat in particular. I make it slightly drier though. Will try your way. It looks delicious!

karuna said...

thanks for checking my blog out. i too came here after my marriage, and its been three years. nice blog.

ranji said...

Thank u all for the lovely comments..i really appreciate it.

kamala said...

Ranji this is toooo good

shaikh said...

i wud like to know rasgullas chaat recipes in u can give us! thanks