I love getting emails from readers asking for menu ideas, like this Papdi Chaat or Papri Chaat, when hosting an Indian-themed party. Here’s one I received from Deepa a couple of days ago:
We’ve been invited to a potluck Super Bowl Party, and the hostess has requested our contributions to fall into the Indian Chaat/Street Food theme. Everything I can think of requires either being made fresh right before serving or will take me the whole day to prep and pack. I need something that’s a crowd-pleaser and also won’t have me spend the whole morning in my kitchen. We already have a ton of hot snacks on the list, so something that can be eaten cold or at room temperature will work great.
Any ideas? Help!
Many, many thanks,
Hi Deepa! I have just the recipe that would be perfect for your Super Bowl Party – Papdi Chaat, also known as Papri Chaat.
Chaats, like Papdi Chaat recipe, are one of those purely addictive foods that are usually a hit at get-togethers. Smothered with spicy and tangy chutneys, yogurt and tons of other fixings, each plate creates a whole new experience in your mouth.
I think that Papdi Chaat will make an amazing contribution to the potluck. It’s easy to pack and take in parts and is perfect for a party where everyone can just make themselves a plate – however way they like. I’d go the extra mile and assemble a fresh batch at the venue right before serving in a large casserole dish.
You can prep some of the ingredients for the Papdi Chaat – like making both the Green Chutney as well as the Tamarind Chutney or boiling the potatoes, a few days in advance and the yogurt can be whipped up a couple of hours before. The rest can easily be store-bought and assembled just before you’re ready to serve. Have fun and enjoy the Super Bowl!
Papdi Chaat (Papri Chaat)
- 35-40 chaat papdi crisps (also know as papri)
- 1 cup plain yogurt beaten with 3-4 tbsp of water till smooth
- 2 medium potatoes boiled and cubed
- 1/4 cup sweet tamarind chutney (easily available in stores)
- 1/4 cup green chutney* (recipe link below)
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala
- salt to taste
- a handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish
- a handful of chopped fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Spread the papdi crisps in a wide casserole dish, being careful to not break/crush papdi crisps as they can be fairly delicate to handle.Spread the beaten yogurt and cubed potatoes evenly over the papdi crisps. Spread the tamarind and green chutney evenly over the yogurt and potatoes. Sprinkle over the spices and salt evenly on top and garnish with fresh coriander and mint leaves.
- Serve immediately.
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