Papri chaat, paapri chaat or papdi chaat is a popular traditional north Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani fast food and street food. Many various additional dishes throughout India are also referred to as papri chaat. Some restaurants in the United States serve the traditional version of the dish.
Papri chaat is traditionally prepared using crisp fried dough wafers known as papri, along with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, yogurt and tamarind chutney and topped with chaat 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 "chaat" refers to several fast food dishes and snacks. "Chaat" literally means "to lick" in Hindi. The term also refers to a variety of dishes in India.
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