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. Many various additional dishes throughout India are also referred to as papri chaat. Some restaurants in the United States serve the traditional version of the dish.
Papri chaat is traditionally prepared using crisp fried dough wafers known as papri, along with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, yogurt and tamarind chutney and topped with chaat masala and sev. The papri are typically prepared with refined white flour and ghee or oil. Mint, cilantro and spices may also be used. The dish has sweet, sour, tangy and spicy flavors and a creamy and crunchy texture.
"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. The term also refers to a variety of dishes in India.
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.
Papri chaat is often purveyed and consumed at mobile food stalls in India. In India, it is more popular in the northern region of the country compared to other areas.
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