Dahi Papdi Chaat is one of those tempting chats I always order in a chat shop. The first time I was introduced to these delicious chats was when I in college and yes I even used to get back to make these at home. Though apart from Bhel Puri, which we make very frequently at home, I have made Pani Puri for the Indian Cooking Challenge. Otherwise, my attempt at these typical chats was not much.
Anybody would think that when I announce a blogging marathon I might have all the posts ready to do the marathon without a hassle. But as I have seen myself doing it, I never had one post ready so it becomes all the more exciting and hard-pressed to see how to manage! But expecting to make the sev myself was a little too much. So had to be content with store-bought Sevs but just couldn't make it the first day.
Finally, when I came back home last evening, I decided I was going to make it. With Konda studying, Peddu and Chinnu all ready next to me, they were hoping I will make something with Chocolates, I set out to make. It was one happy filled, noisy kitchen, with the microwave on for cooking the potatoes and the boys trying to see how it turns around, with Athamma yelling at them trying to scare them off. Well, more than making it was simply exhausted!
Just when I was ready with the final preparation my hubby dear walked in the home. Looking at my plate, he said he was really tired of the same plate and was so sure that my readers would be too. But I said even after getting so many other plates for photography I don't seem to like anything other than this!
Anyway, when I served him the Dahi papdi chat, he called up Konda right away and said she might love this dish, which she did. But I could sense some change in his reaction. I asked him how it tastes, he said it tastes very good.
After few minutes he was murmuring that one of these days he must take me to those chat shops to eat Dahi papdi chat. Well, I pounced on him, though not literally, and demanded what he was inferring. He said nothing, he was just saying. I was still fuming when I walked out, only to see the Chat masala packet unopened.
With a sheepish grin, I confessed I missed out on adding Chat Masala. He immediately said yeah that's what I said something is missing! Thank god for small mercies, I said in this mad rush it was good that I didn't forget to add papdis!
Well after all the drama, the Dahi Papdi Chat was very good. My boys are yet to be introduced to the realms of Chats, I can only imagine it will be an exciting moment for me. But they helped themselves to the papdis and enjoyed.
Get all the ingredients for papdi in a bowl and knead a stiff dough
Dahi Papdi Chat
For making Papdi
Besan / Gram flour - 100 gm
Wheat flour - 2 tbsp
Ajwain / Bishop's weed - 1/2 tsp
Peppercorns crushed 1/4 tsp
Coriander, 1/2 Cup finely chopped
Oil - 2 tsp
Water as required
Salt - to taste
Baking soda a pinch
Oil for frying
For Tamarind Chutney
Tamarind - 100 gm or a big lemon size
Jaggery, grated - 3 tps / 75gm
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Black Salt - 1/4 tsp
Coriander - Cumin Powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste
For making the Chaat
Potatoes, Boiled - 2 medium
Chaat Masala - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
Curds / Yogurt - 1 cup
Method to prepare:
To Make The Papdi:
To Make Tamarind Chutney:
Soak the tamarind in a little hot water, remove the impurities, and extract.
Strain the tamarind sauce, add all the other ingredients, and heat until it thickens. Keep aside to cool.
Make marks on the potatoes, microwave for 6 mins
To Make Dahi Papdi Chaat / How to assemble the Dahi papdi Chat:
Beat curds and mix salt, sugar, and chili powder.
Peel and dice the potatoes.
Spread papdi on a plate, and top with diced potatoes.
Pour the chutney on top and cover with the curd mix.
Sprinkle with chaat masala and garnish with coriander leaves.