Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Papdi Chaat

Let me confess something. In spite of being an extreme chaat loving family, my husband and I didn't taste Papdi chaat in Mumbai. Can you guess which city we ate our first Papdi chaat in? Did you guess it as New Delhi? I would have guessed that too. but we tasted our first papdi chaat at New York!! There are several good Indian restaurants in Jackson Heights. Each one has their own version. They all taste good but we are partial to Rajbhog and Raja which are adjacent to each other but they have distinct different flavors. Now, why should I write more, when someone has actually written about the different flavors of Papdi chaat of Jackson Heights?

ok, after eating at those places and reading the above link, here's my recipe -

Papdi Chaat

Few fried pita chips from Whole foods (Green, orange, Beige colors chips)
Chaat chutneys
1/2 cup garbanzo beans or black chickpeas,  cooked with a pinch of salt
1 or 2 boiled, peeled potatoes, chopped
Sweetened yogurt (plain yogurt, pinch of sugar & salt to taste)
2 tbsp chopped red onion (Optional)
1 tbsp cilantro, minced
2 tbsp sev (Optional)
Chaat masala

1. Mix all the ingredients just before serving.
2. Serve immediately

Note -
1. This is one recipe where I add ingredients depending on my mood. I may add onions or sev or next time, I may not. But it always comes out good.

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