Indian Papdi Chaat

Papdi chaat recipe

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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Up to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
715 Calories
17g Fat
122g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Up to 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 715
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 1362mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 122g 45%
Dietary Fiber 17g 59%
Protein 24g
Calcium 511mg 39%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Crunchy, tangy, hot, and sweet flavors combine to make papdi chaat delicious to eat as a snack or a great alternative to a meal. Also known as papri chaat or paapri chaat, it is a popular fast food served in northern India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Papri refers to the wafers, and the word chaat is used for several snacks and fast food meals. In Hindi, chaat means "to lick." So it's understandable why this is such a finger-licking-good dish!

Ingredients

  • For the Papdi Dough
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon onion seeds
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Water (enough to create dough)
  • Vegetable oil (or canola or sunflower cooking oil, to deep fry)
  • For the Toppings
  • 5 large potatoes
  • 1 cup chickpeas 
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • For Assembly and Serving
  • 2 cups fresh yogurt (whisked till smooth and chilled)
  • 2 red onions (very finely chopped)
  • 2 large tomatoes (very finely chopped)
  • 1 cup tamarind chutney
  • 1 cup mint-coriander chutney
  • 2 cups fine sev (or gram flour)
  • 2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds (gently roasted and powdered)
  • 3 teaspoons powdered black rock salt
  • Garnish: 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves (finely chopped)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this papdi dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Papdi Dough

  1. Mix the flour, ghee, onion seeds, and salt, to taste, and mix well.

    Ingredients for papdi chaat dough
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  2. Add just a little water at a time and knead to get a firm, smooth dough.

    Add water
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  3. Cover it with a damp cloth and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.

    Cover with damp cloth
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  4. After the dough has rested, divide it into equal-sized balls. Roll the dough balls between your palms till smooth.

    Ball dough
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  5. Lightly flour a clean rolling surface and press one ball flat.

    Flour rolling surface
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  6. Roll the dough balls out into a 1/4-inch thick circle using a rolling pin.

    Roll dough out
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  7. Use the circular cookie cutter to cut smaller circles out on the large circle. Remove extra dough from sides of smaller circles. Keep them on a lightly floured tray or plate for later frying (they will become the papdis).

    Use circular cookie cutter
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  8. Repeat till all the dough is used up.

    Repeat til dough is used up
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  9. Heat oil for deep frying in a deep pan on a medium flame.

    Heat oil
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  10. When it is hot, add the papdis a few at a time and fry till they are crisp and pale golden.

    Add papdi
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  11. Drain and keep the cooked dough on paper towels.

    Put on paper towels
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  12. Repeat until all papdis are made. They can be stored for a few weeks if kept in an airtight container.

    Put in container
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Prepare the Toppings

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for toppings
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  2. Wash, peel, and dice the potatoes.

    Dice potatoes
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  3. In a medium-sized pot, add the potatoes and enough water to just cover the potatoes. Boil until fork tender.

    Add potatoes to pot
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  4. Drain and set aside.

    Drain and set aside
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  5. Next, in a small pot, add the chickpeas and enough water to just cover the chickpeas. Boil until fork tender.

    Add chickpeas
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  6. Drain and place into a small bowl.

    Drain
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  7. Using a fork or a masher, mash the chickpeas together with a dash of salt to a coarse texture.

    Mash chickpeas
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Assemble and Serve

  1. To serve, first set up all ingredients—papdis, toppings, and chutneys—within easy reach.

    Assemble
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  2. Dip 5 to 6 papdis per person into the yogurt. Then arrange on a plate. 

    Dip papdis in yogurt
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  3. Put a little potato, chickpeas, onion, and tomato on each Papdi.

    Put potato on
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  4. When all are done in this way, drizzle a teaspoonful each of tamarind chutney and mint-coriander chutney on each papdi.

    Drizzle tamarind
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  5. Sprinkle a handful of sev all over the papdis on the plate.

    Sprinkle sev
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  6. Then sprinkle red chili powder, cumin powder, and black rock salt and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

    Sprinkle garnish
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  7. Serve as soon as possible or the papdis will get soggy.

    Papdi chaat
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Tip

  • The number of papdis this recipes yields will depend on how thickly you cut them.