“I think of street food as the antidote to fast food; it’s the clear alternative to the king, the clown and the colonel.” -Anthony Bourdain
If there’s one thing that will leave you wanting more after visiting India it’s chaat, or street food. Chaat, which literally translates into “taste” is the general term for South Asian street food. There are cities, in fact neighborhoods, known for their street food.
One of my favorite kinds of chaat is Papdi chaat, crispy flat fried crackers (papdis) topped with potatoes, moong sprouts, onions, chutneys, yogurt and crispy sev. The perfect combination of crunchy, sweet and spicy flavors.
This is a perfect party appetizer. Prepare all the ingredients in advance, setting up a Papdi chaat station and allow your guests to assemble it themselves to their taste. As a host, you get to enjoy and not worry about serving or reheating anything.
- Papdis, usually a packet has 30-35
- 1 Potato, boiled & mashed
- ¼ cup Mint & Coriander Chutney
- ¼ cup Tamarind & Date Chutney
- ¼ cup Plain Yogurt, whipped
- ¼ cup Onions, chopped
- ¼ cup Sprouts or Chickpeas, boiled & slightly mashed
- For Garnishing
- Coriander, chopped
- Chaat Masala
- Arrange papdis in a plate.
- Top it with mashed boiled potatoes, sprouts, onions, yogurt, mint coriander chutney and tamarind date chutney.
- Sprinkle chaat masala liberally.
- Garnish with sev and chopped coriander.
- Serve immediately and repeat for remaining papdis.
If you’d Iike more inspiration on how to celebrate Holi at home, here’s some ideas:
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