Papri chaat, paapri chaat or papdi chaat is a popular traditional fast food and street food from the Indian subcontinent, notably in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.[1][2][3] Many various additional dishes throughout India are also referred to as papri chaat.[1] Some restaurants in the United States serve the traditional version of the dish.[4][5]


Papri chaat is traditionally prepared using crisp fried dough wafers known as papri, along with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, yogurt and tamarind chutney[1][6] and topped with chaat masala and sev.[1][7] The papri are typically prepared with refined white flour and ghee or oil.[8][9] Mint,[6] cilantro[10] and spices[11] may also be used. The dish has sweet, sour, tangy and spicy flavors and a creamy and crunchy texture.[1][6]


"Papri" refers to the wafers, and the word "chaat" derived from Sanskrit verb "Caṭ" means tasting with a fingertip and represents the sound made thereby- it refers to several fast food dishes and snacks. "Chaat" is a thick cream in Hindi.[1] The term also refers to a variety of dishes in India.[1]

A recipe for papdi (as purika) is mentioned in Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopedia compiled by Someshvara III, who ruled from present-day Karnataka.[12]

Street food

Papri chaat is often purveyed and consumed at mobile food stalls in India.[6] In India, it is more popular in the northern region of the country compared to other areas.[11]


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  2. ^ Fodor's Travel Publications, I. (2008). India. Fodor's India. Fodor's Travel Publications. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-4000-1912-0. 
  3. ^ "Ramazan Radar Chaat up a storm". The Express Tribune. June 25, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Allen., Jessica (July 1, 1987). "5 Best Restaurants For Chaat In New York City". CBS New York. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Galarneau, Andrew Z. (May 6, 2015). "Dosas steal the show at Chennai Express". Gusto. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d Robertson, R. (2014). Robin Robertson's Vegan Without Borders. Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-4494-6133-1. 
  7. ^ World, E.Y.; Siciliano-Rosen, L.; Rosen, S. (2014). Delhi Food and Travel Guide: The inside scoop on the best North Indian foods in Delhi. 107. Eat Your World. p. Pt-25. 
  8. ^ Gopal, G. (2007). Delicious Dishes (Vegetarian). Sura Books. p. Pt-59. ISBN 978-81-7478-460-5. 
  9. ^ "Delhi Food and Travel Guide". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Gordon, James (October 1, 2012). "38: Papri Chaat at Jay Bharat". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Batra, N. (2011). 1,000 Indian Recipes. 1,000 Recipes. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-0-544-18910-2. 
  12. ^ K.T. Achaya (2003). The Story of Our Food. Universities Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-81-7371-293-7. 

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