Papri Chaat

papri chaat

Papri chaat (papdi chaat) is a popular North Indian Street Food recipe that is crunchy, tangy, hot and a crow favourite. It’s perfect during summer and also winter. It uses a tamarind chutney, mint coriander chutney and a yoghurt sauce to make this an addictive snack. You may buy the chutneys from an Indian grocery store if you want to make this even quicker!

I LOVE street food! Hot, crunchy or soft, spicy food on the go that can be enjoyed while huddled around with friends is the best experience for me. Every country has their own specialties, be it Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern or Vietnamese, and I make sure I try the local street food wherever I go. I don’t think you’ve truly experienced local cuisine until you’ve tried a delicacy from a street side stall.

My parents were always cautious when we visited Bangladesh and street food was usually a no-no. If we wanted to try ‘fuchka’ we had to go to a mall food court to have them. Biryani was permitted if it was homemade or by a cook. Street side burgers were not permitted. It was a hard, clean life that I hope you sympathise with!

They weren’t so picky about the street food in Saudi Arabia because places were generally clean and trustworthy. I remember the vendors selling ‘batatas’ (French fries) drizzled with vinegar, ketchup and cumin, and ‘baleela’ (stewed chickpeas served with tomatoes and herbs). And how can I ever forget my most favourite food of all time ‘Shawerma’?! I don’t think there’s anything I miss more from my Saudi days. Tender slices of chicken with crunchy French fries, creamy garlic sauce, tart cucumber pickles and fresh parsley, wrapped with a warm, fluffy ‘khubz’ (Lebanese-style pita bread). Whenever I went back to visit my parents, shawarma would be patiently waiting for me in the car and I would hear it calling me as I stepped out of the airport. Shawerma and I are a match made in heaven. Nobody and nothing can come between us! I will also be posting these recipes on the blog soon, I just don’t want to do injustice to my beloved Shawerma.

Keeping with the theme of street food, I have for you Papri Chaat, a famous Indian vegetarian dish hailing from Mumbai (Bombay). It has a combination of heat, tang and crunch. It’s healthy and it’s quick to prepare, if you make the sauces in advance or purchase them from an Indian grocery store.

‘Papri’ (or Paapri/papdri) is a crunchy, flat, fried dough wafer that can be found in most Indian Grocery stores. Other Indian ingredients include ‘bhujia’ a noodle like fried dough, and ‘chaat masala’ a versatile street food spice mix used to spice up chaats, drinks and even fruits. You can see all these ingredients in the recipe video. It’s served with chickpeas, boiled potatoes and different chutneys. It’s perfect for summer days and a crowd pleaser at potlucks. It’s hard to stop once you start. The chutneys will last for up to a week in the fridge, which you can use for other dishes as well. Hope you’re transported back to a street side stall while eating this refreshing (and hygienic) papri chaat!

Papri Chaat
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Papri chaat is a North Indian Street Food favourite that is crunchy, tangy, sweet and hot. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
Mint Chutney
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt
Tamarind Chutney
  • 1 cup tamarind pulp
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • pinch of salt
Yoghurt sauce
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • pinch of salt
To assemble
  • 20-25 'papri' or 'namkeen'
  • 1 cup boiled or canned chickpeas
  • 1 1/2 cups boiled potatoes
  • 1/4 cup onions diced
  • 1/2 cup bhujia
  • pinch of salt
Mint chutney
  1. Blend all ingredients together and set aside. 

Tamarind chutney
  1. Combine all ingredients in pan and bring to boil. Set aside. 

Yoghurt sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients and whisk till well combined. 

To assemble
  1. 1. Layer dish/plate with papri/namkeen. 

    2. Arrange chickpeas.

    3. Next comes the onions.

    4. Generously drizzle tamarind chutney, mint chutney and yoghurt sauce. 

    5. Finish off with crunchy bhujia. Enjoy! 


Watch how to make Papri Chaat

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