Famous Chaats in Delhi
Delhi is a melting pot of various cultures, in the similar way Delhi's Chaat
is also an ideal exemplar of 'Unity in diversity'.
Chaat is a plate of savoury snacks that have a fine blend of sweet and
tangy taste. It is an amalgamation of various ingredients like fried potato
pieces, crispy fried bread, gram bean, chopped onions, coriander leaves and
There are various kinds of relishing chaats are available in Delhi such as
Aloo Chaat, Bhel puri, Sev Puri, Dahi puri, Panipuri, Dahi vada, Papdi
chaat. All these forms of chaat have some common elements in them like curd,
chopped onions, coriander, sev (small fried yellow noodles made up of besan)
and Chaat masala which is a mixture of amchoor (dried mango powder), cumin,
black salt, dried ginger, coriander powder, black pepper, red pepper and
Potatoes are cut into small pieces and fried till crisp
brown and served with chopped onion, coriander leaves, chaat masala and a
mixture of sweet and tangy chutney. It is one of most spicy chaats in India.
Aloo tikki or potato cutlets is also a chaat in which
boiled potatoes are mashed and mixed with the piled green peas, chopped onion,
green chilies, and spices. After mixing they are shaped into small balls and
press them with the help of palm. Than they are fried till golden brown.
These are serve with chole, tamarind-date chutney, drizzle of dahi, and
cilantro chutney. It is one of the most demanded chaats in India.
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It is a puffed rice dish with mash boiled potatoes, sev,
a mixture of various fried ingredients as base, coriander powder, grated
coconut, tomato and tangy tamarind sauce. Bhel Puri is not so spicy as other chaats in India.
It is also another variant of Chaats in India. It is mainly a
mixture of bhel puri, chutney, papdi and sev.
Pani puri or Phuchka or Gol Gappa or Bataashaa or Gup
Shup all are same. It comprises a round hollow 'puri', fried crisp
and filled with water mixture of tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato,
onion and chick peas. Pani puri's are very small in size so that they can
easily fit into the mouth.
As the name suggest, dahi puri is chaat that has excess
amount of curd in it. Similar to sev puri, it is a mixture of bhel puri,
chutney, papdi and with lot of yoghurt.
Dahi vadas are prepared by soaking vadas in yoghurt.
Vadas are made up of urad daal which are deep fried till golden brown.
Before serving they are kept in yoghurt and watermix for some time. Tamarind
and mint-coriander chutney are used to garnish and give some tangy taste to
the dahi vada.
Sev Papdi Chaat:
It is also like sevpuri but with having 2-3 types
of chutney, potatoes, chana masala
Papri chaat is a mixture of crispy fried dough wafers
made from refined wheat flour and oil, boiled potatoes and chick peas, green
chilies, yoghurt, tamarind chutney and garnished with chaat masala and sev. Papri chaat is among the most favorite chaats in India.
Delhi has no dearth of chaatwallas, that serves mouth-watering chaats.
Beside the road side stalls, chaats are also prime attraction of some big
sweet shops of Delhi like UPSC Chaatwallas next to UPSC at Shahjahan Road,
Bengali sweets shop at South Extension part 1, and inlets of Bikanerwalla,
Haldiram and Nathu's.