Papri chaat is the one of the most savory and popular street foods of New Delhi, India.  It is an unique appetizer that is crisp, tangy, sweet and umami flavor all in one bite.  When visiting New Delhi, you can find this chaat on the menu of street vendors, restaurants, and wedding parties whether causal or upscale.

A chaat is typically a crispy base topped with yogurt, spices, toppings, and the chutneys.  This vegan take on chaat gets crunch from the papris, creaminess from the vegan yogurt, spicy/salty notes from the chili powders, freshness/color from the toppings and the great umami flavor from the coriander-mint and date chutneys.

Try it just once and get hooked forever like me!

Recipe

Prep time:

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

20-25 pieces of papri (wheat crisps - available at Indian grocery stores)

1 small packet of bhel sev (available at Indian grocery stores)

16 oz vegan yogurt (Recommended: Kite Hill brand plain unsweetened)

1 tablespoon coconut milk (So-Delicious brand recommended)

Chaat masala to taste (available at Indian grocery stores)

Degi mirch to taste (available at Indian grocery stores)

Cumin powder to taste

Sea salt to taste

Toppings:

1 chickpea can (rinsed)

1 small potato (boiled and cubed)

2 tablespoon cucumber (diced)

2 tablespoon tomato (diced)

2 tablespoon red onion (finely chopped)

1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped

1-2 green chilis finely chopped (optional)

Chutneys:

Coriander and mint chutney (see recipe here)

Date chutney (see recipe here)

Directions:

  1. Boil the potato. Chop all the toppings and keep aside.

  2. Place 5-6 papris per person on a plate.

  3. Whip the vegan yogurt in a bowl. Thin it out with a splash of vegan milk.

  4. Drizzle the yogurt on all the papris. Sprinkle chaat masala, degi mirch, cumin powder and sea salt on it.

  5. Add the potato, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and chickpeas.

  6. Add a drizzle of both the prepared chutneys.

  7. Sprinkle a layer of the sev on the toppings. Garnish it with fresh pomegrante seeds, cilantro and green chilis. Enjoy!

    The chaat is best when served fresh. A great tip to prepare chaat is to make the chutneys ahead of time. It can also be served on multigrain chips or in tortilla "scoop" chips too!