DAHI PURI CHAAT: A MOUTHFUL OF DELIGHT
Chaats are pure happiness! It is a type of dish that offers a symphony of every flavor profile and texture imaginable that makes something irresistible— sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and crunchy. Chaat is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed at any hour of the day. It’s light enough to be eaten for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon, yet satisfying enough to replace lunch or dinner. And there are a plethora of chaat dishes so there’s always something for everyone. But because there are so many chaat dishes you might feel overwhelmed on which one to try first or to try at all. So if you are a first-timer, you should start with the light and flavorful but not overly spicy Dahi puri chaat.
Dahi puri chaat is a delectable street food that is popular in Nepal and India. Originating from India, Dahi puri chaat is made from round puffed crispy shells, that are also used for Pani puri, loaded with spiced potatoes with a generous drizzle of dahi and various chutneys like sweet tamarind chutney, green cilantro chutney, etc., and other spices on top. Dahi means yogurt in Nepali, and puri means the puffed crispy shells usually made from semolina. All of these ingredients bring different flavors to the dahi puri chaat making it even more difficult to resist. It is similar to Samosa chaat, another popular chaat dish, but with samosa swapped for fried puri. Dahi puri chaat is also known as “dahi batata puri” or “dahi sev puri” in India.
Anyone who has ever walked the narrow alleys of Basantapur knows that no stroll is complete without making a stop at one of the many hawker stalls in the city. You’ll be pulled in by the delectable scent of the dahi puri chaat if not by the smiling faces of the vendors. No matter where you try it, a great experience for your taste buds is guaranteed. Dahi puri chat is a dish that would have to try very hard to be bad. Despite the fact that it is a veritable fusion of diverse flavors and textures, it is incredibly simple and easy to make.
The base is made of puris stuffed with seasoned boiled potatoes, finely chopped onions, and cilantro. Next, a few pinches of roasted cumin powder, chaat masala powder, and black salt or regular salt are sprinkled on top. Then the stuffed puris are drizzled with spicy green chutney, sweet tamarind chutney, and spicy red chili chutney. You can adjust the amount of chutneys to your liking. For example, if you like a sweeter flavor, you can add more of the sweet tamarind chutney and if you like more spiciness, increase the amount of green and red chutney. Then whisked and chilled curd is poured into each puri which is again lightly dusted with cumin powder, chaat masala, and salt. Finally, each puri is completely covered with sev ( gram flour deep fried and spiced) and garnished with green coriander leaves.
Each component of dahi puri chaat is fantastic on its own, but the whole is greater than the sum in this case. However, be sure to serve the treat as soon as it is ready, or else the puris will go soggy, and you will miss out on amazing texture and taste. You can also get creative with your fillings like switching boiled potatoes with boiled chickpeas and adding tomatoes to the mix.
So, roll up your sleeves, get set and satisfy your chaat cravings at The Chowk. We serve authentic dahi puri chaat made with fresh ingredients and served with a smile as in the charming chowks of Kathmandu. Next time you visit The Chowk, try our dahi puri chaat; few things in life bring as much delight.