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South Asian Savory Snack; Sev Puri with Mint Chutney

From its origins in the street corners of India, this tangy savory snack has found its way into “chaat houses” in Pakistan and Bangladesh, restaurants around the world and most importantly, iftar tables in most South Asian countries. Sev Puri, is made from layers of papri, seasoned potatoes, onions, sweet yoghurt, mint chutney, and more importantly, sev. Found in most local Asian stores, these ingredients can either be purchased or made at home. In lay man’s terms, papri is deep fried small round and crispy wheat bread and sev is deep fried vermicelli, mostly yellow in color.

Venture out to your nearest Asian store to purchase the papri and sev to create this colorful, tangy and crispy dish, which will dazzle all your guests and family alike. The crispness of the papri along with the soft seasoned potatoes, the cooling effect of the mint infused with the spicy green chillis will create a whirlwind in your palette, making you crave for more. For this recipe, I will break the tutorial for each layer down, leaving the assembly for the end.

Chaat at Iftar

Papri: Fried Round Wheat/Flour Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • Salt
  • Cumin seeds

Preparation:

  • In a large flat surfaced bowl, add the flour and make a well in between
  • Add the water, oil, salt and cumin seeds in the well and mix with your hands. Make sure the mixture is not thin, if so, add more flour to increase its elasticity
  • Transfer the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead well for about 15 minutes till you have a smooth dough
  • Flatten the dough out in the shape of a sheet with a rolling pin
  • Use a small round cookie cutter to cut the dough in small round shapes
  • Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a wok till sizzling
  • Add the dough one by one and deep fry till golden brown
  • Pat dry on kitchen towels to remove the excess oil
  • Store in an airtight container

Papri

Spicy Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped
  • Handful coriander, chopped
  • 3 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation

  • Boil the potatoes in water till tender. Peel the skin and mash in a bowl
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well
  • Cover and set aside

Mint Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped mint
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-3 green chillis, chopped
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Preparation:

  • Mince the chopped mint in a food processor till very fine
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and blitz till all the ingredients are mixed well
  • The consistency of the chutney is your prerogative. Add or subtract the amount of water depending on whether you want the chutney to be thick or runny

Sweet Yoghurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Preparation:

  • Add the yoghurt to a bowl and mix well till smooth
  • Stir in the sugar and lemon juice till the ingredients are dissolved and the lumps disappear
  • Refrigerate till use

Sev Puri

  • Now that you have prepared all the ingredients, the last step is assembly. Make sure to put all the ingredients together closer to the time of serving as the papri will become soggy and lose its crispness
  • Lay the papri out on a tray and spoon the mashed potatoes on each of the papri
  • Add about one to two teaspoon of mint chutney on each and drizzle the sweet yoghurt over the sev puris
  • Finally, sprinkle the sev generously over your dish and you are ready to serve
  • You can make all the ingredients a day ahead as well and just plate up before serving

Sev Puri

Mouthwatering, tangy and spicy; three words to describe this savory snack. One bite, and it is sure to transfer you to the hustling, bustling streets of Mumbai, where the sounds of the blaring horns are drowned out by the burst of flavors that calm your senses. Recreate a chaat stall in your own home and bedazzle your guests with your culinary flair.

Sev Puri

 

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