Chaat recipes

Pav Bhaji (Mumbai street food)


Pav bhaji is by far the most popular and famous street food of Mumbai (India) and a very popular fast food dish from the roadside vendors in India. Pav means bread (bun) and bhaji means mixed vegetables curry. A spicy gravy is prepared in which various boiled vegetables are added, mashed well and served with a butter fried pav (bread or bun). Pav bhaji masala is usually made with butter and served with a dollop of butter on top of the bhaji.


Dahi vada or dahi bhalla


Dahi bhalle is a fried lentil dumpling made with whole urad dal, which is soaked in sweet yoghurt or curd, with a sprinkle of some spices and sweet chutney. Dahi bhalle is also known as dahi vada and is a very famous cold snack or chaat street food and is a summer treat. Dahi vada or dahi bhalle is given in a bowl where curd is poured on top with a sprinkle of spices and drizzle of tamarind chutney.


Dahi sev puri chaat


Dahi sev puri chaat one more very popular chaat, snack, street food popular all over India as dahi puri chaat and is loved by all from kids to elders, mostly enjoyed in the evening as a snack with friends and families. Dahi sev puri chaat and dahi puri chaat are both same the only difference is sev, which is added more and covered fully on the yoghurt. In Mumbai, dahi puri chaat is known as dahi sev batata puri chaat, batata mean potatao and aloo in Hindi.


Dahi batata puri chaat


Dahi batata puri chaat one more very popular chaat, snack, street food of Mumbai and popular all over India as dahi puri chaat and is loved by all from kids to elders, mostly enjoyed in the evening as a snack with friends and families. Dahi batata puri in Mumbai , dahi means yoghurt , batata means potato, in Marathi language it is called batata and puris are the same which we use for pani puri (golgappa), which is in round shapes and crispy, which gives you nice crunch while eating.


Dahi papdi chaat


Dahi papdi chaat one more very popular chaat in India and is loved by all from kids to elders. Dahi papdi chaat made from Crispy puris covered with yoghurt, topped with spices and sweet and tangy chutney with other ingredients which gives us different flavour and taste from crunchy bite of papdis to softness of the yoghurt and from tangy and sweetness from the chutneys and spiciness from the spices.


Papdi chaat


Papdi chaat the name itself make us mouth water. A very popular Indian street chaat food. You can prepare papdi chaat with boiled potato, boiled chana (chickpea), yoghurt, sev and other ingredients. To make any chaat, you need to have few basic ingredients ready like for crispiness, papdi which is thin , flat and round shape like puri (can be bought from the shop), for sweetness which is tamarind and date chutney, for spiciness which is green chutney and other ingredients depending which chaat you are preparing.


Golgappa/pani puri with aam ka panna


Golgappa / Pani puri is a crispy puffed small puris, in which you can fill the condiments like boiled or mashed chickpea / potato with few spices and more important spicy, tangy, sweet, sour drink. As you savour the Pani puri, you can literally feel the explosion of flavours in your mouth, an assortment of crisp, tangy, spicy tastes. If you visit any place or region or different shops, you will get different taste of spiced water either it is made with tamarind or amchur (dry mango powder).


Misal pav


Misal is very famous in the entire state of Maharashtra and a very popular street food. Misal is mostly made for the breakfast but can enjoy as a snack too.  It consists of two curries one is dry one (moth beans curry) and the other curry called as tarri/kat which is thin spicy gravy. This recipe requires lots of oil (you can add less), it is a traditional Indian dish. Main part of this mixture is Sabji/Usal made from sprouted Matki/Moth beans but some add mixed beans also.


Stuffed dahi bhalle


Dahi bhalle is a fried lentil dumpling made with whole urad dal, which is soaked in sweet yoghurt or curd, with a sprinkle of some spices and sweet chutney. Dahi bhalle is also known as dahi vada and is a very famous cold snack or chaat street food and is a summer treat. Dahi vada or dahi bhalle is given in a bowl where curd is poured on top with a sprinkle of spices and drizzle of tamarind chutney.


Bombay masala bhel puri


Bhel puri is every ones favourite and famous in India. It is a street food and all the chaat vendors make bhel puri as per their recipe. At homes and other places all have their own recipe of bhel puri and know with different names. Now a days you get different kinds of mixtures(crispies) like cornflakes mixture, bhel mixture, boondhi all in ready made packets the same way we get Bombay bhel ready made packets, from which we can make delicious and tasty bhel puri.


Bhel puri


Bhel puri is one of the most famous and favourite of all chaat. It is a mixture of spicy, sweet and sour. It is know by different names in different places like jhaal muri(hot puffed rice) in kolkota, churumuri in Bangalore and other places often called as bhel puri. It can be easily made at home as per your taste. Bhel puri is made with puffed rice, a mixture of vegetables (onion, grated carrot, coriander leaves, boiled potato, green chillies, cucumber), sweet chutney (tamarind chutney), green chutney and sev (a thin fried noodle made with gram flour).


Pav bhaji


Pav bhaji is the most famous street food of India and most popular snack. Pav means bread (bun) bhaji means mixed vegetables curry. Spicy gravy is prepared in which various boiled vegetables are added and mashed well and served with a butter fried pav (bread or bun). As soon as I say mashing the vegetables, only one thing come to my mind is taka tak. Taka tak means mashing the vegetables and the sauce together with a spatula on the big pan or tava, they will be holding one spatula or 2 and will be doing taka tak – taka tak on the vegetables, till it is mashed and mixed well with their sauce.


Ragda patties


Ragda patties the most popular snack and chaat food of Mumbai and is available in every chaat stall. It is usually found near the chaat based vendors who will be selling pani puri and other chaats. Ragda patties is a curried dry peas which is spooned over the potato patties, it is like aloo tikki chaat. Ragda patties are served with pav, but I have served with just ragda patties or with some small puris which is served for pani puris, with onions and with 2 different chutneys (green chutney and tamarind chutney) and other spices.


Pani puri


Pani puri(in south and other places) has many names and each state has its own name as puchka (culcutta) or golgappa or pani kae bataashe (Marathi). Pani puri is the best and the most favourite and popular street food of India. Pani puri can be eaten as a chaat or snack. The filling and the water which goes inside differs from place to place and each house prepares it differently as per their taste. I have made pani with mint and tamarind flavoured, which gives the real chaat vendors taste, next time aim going to make pani with different flavours.