|Course||Traditional fast food and street food|
|Region or state||Indian subcontinent|
Papri chat or papri chaat (ISO: pāpṛī cāṭ) is a popular traditional fast food and street food from the Indian subcontinent, probably in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Many various additional dishes throughout India are also referred to as papri chat. Some restaurants in the United States serve the traditional version of the dish.
Papri chat is traditionally prepared using crisp fried dough wafers known as papri, along with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, dahi (yogurt) and tamarind chutney and topped with chat 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 chat 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. Chat is a thick cream in Hindi. The term also refers to a variety of dishes in India.
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