Papri Chaat – Indian Street Food treat – Guest Post for Shulie @ Food Wanderings

There are emails which makes you smile, emails which makes you go aww and then there are emails which makes you jump from your seat and go OMG..and you keep saying to yourself am I reading it correctly! 

Yes, that’s exactly how I reacted when Shulie wrote to me that she was planning an Indian Theme and asked if I could do a guest post. It was a special moment for me.. excited, happy and felt SO honored. 

Shulie comes from an Indian Jewish family and was born and brought up in Israel but has lived in the US for half her life. She is a lovely wife and an amazing mom, who always makes sure that her family stay happy, healthy and they don’t skip any meal. I am huge fan of Shulie’s photography, food styling and the way she gives twist to create every recipe in her own unique style. 

If you are looking for inspiration, Food Wandering is the place.. go there and check out cuisines from all across the world.

I have been trying to make Papri Chat for a long time now and somehow, I was never happy with the outcome. After a couple of attempts, I gave up trying. When both of us decided on Papri Chat, I was happy and worried at the same time. Will I be able to do it this time?

For those of you who are not aware of Papri Chat , it’s a famous street food which has crisp fried dough wafers covered with plain yogurt, some boiled potatoes, tangy tamarind chutney, spicy green chutney and then, topped with some onion, tomatoes and may be some cucumber too. 

It’s one such snack which is loved by every Indian and we can never get enough of it.

Making papri chat might be easy but somehow, it was not happening in my kitchen. Either it wouldn’t stay crispy or the texture wouldn’t taste flaky. I really don’t know how many times Arvind came home and saw a messy kitchen and flour all over me. But after every attempt, I was getting more stubborn to get it right.

I know, I sound like a control freak person! There are dishes where I like to give my twist and turn but when it comes to every Indian’s favorite Papri Chat, I wanted it to be authentic, as close as I could get.

Few evenings back, these crackers finally behaved and fried to perfect crispy flaky texture. When Arvind took a bite and said he loved it, I was doing my happy dance and felt so relaxed!!

He went crazy over the chutneys too. It was our dinner that night and I had a good night sleep 🙂

For detail recipe hop in to Food Wandering and while you are there, check the page on Cooking Classes and Demos too.

You can also print the recipe.

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Kankana, so happe to have you guest for me on my site you did such a fantastic job with this papro chaat recipe and photogrpahy. The honor is entirely mine!! You are so humble and that is what I love about you!

Manu says:

Oh my!!! I love papri chaat!!! What mouth watering pictures you have here! I am off to check out the recipe… can’t wait!!! 🙂

I have never heard of Papri Chaat and I already know that I’m missing out something really delicious! I’m going to check out Shulie’s website now. Kankana, I can imagine how happy you were when you tried many times and finally succeeded it. Congrats on finishing this recipe with perfection! 🙂

I have never heard of papri chaat before but I’m so happy you two decided to feature these delicious street treats today. Sounds like a delicious go-to snack.
I can only imagine how happy you must have been with a success after a couple of failures. I know I would.
Thanks for sharing.

Vimitha says:

Anything chaat is me and mom’s favie. urs look so inviting. Will try it out soon

Reem says:

Kankana this recipe reminds me of home….endless papris and pani puris…. Your post is making me drool girl. Love it.. it’s pretty late in night and I’m hungry again.

peachkins says:

I love the different sauces!

Hi Kankana 🙂 what an amazing blog! and you say you’re not professional!!? the photos are yummy 🙂 congrats

Shinta says:

Wow, my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. Missing all the street food back home, so this is a great option to try out. I’m bookmarking your recipe right away!

Rosa says:

A great guest post and recipe! I loved them.



khushi says:

lovely recipe…do visit the ongoing event and send us some beautiful recipes of yours 🙂
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Oh my! It is breakfast time here and I now crave for chaat papri! They look absolutely perfect. The close-up pic is awesome!
P.S. Glad to know another person doing the happy dance after successfully preparing food!! LOL

Sissi says:

Congratulations on your guest post and congratulations on the Papri Chat! I admit I have just discovered their existence while reading your post, but they look so yummy I am sure they were perfect. Now off to Shulie’s blog to se the details and discover a new great blog!

Spandana says:

What lovely clicks…they look so tempting….i am drooling over the pics 🙂

Joanne says:

I love discovering new street foods from around the world! these look like such tasty little bites!

sally says:

Yummy! I’m ready for some papri chat and it is only breakfast time here.

Pia says:

Just hopped over from shulie’s to say just how wonderful this post is! It’s full of the colours and flavours of Indian streets, which I miss very much. Loved the from-scratch recipe, and love your blog. It’s a beautiful space.

Neha says:

Hi…First time on your blog….Papri chaat looks awesome…Very nice clicks…Happy to join you dear…Do visit me at

Love love love papri chaat. You know, my first taste of chaat was after my marriage. Not joking 😉

Wonderful job, Kankana! Love the presentation and the recipe.

You are opening a new world to me with your traditional dishes..this one that I never tried looks and sounds so tasty, and colorful..making it more tempting just to pick some up right off the screen..I love it!

Kimberley says:

A very long time ago, I went to India, and my favorite foods were the street foods. Bhel puri, I think it was called, was my absolute favorite. But this looks equally delicious.

Apu says:

Oh wow and the weather is perfect for it too!!

Satmistha says:

Drool worthy!! ESP love your presentation technique and photographic should take food photography professional you will shine:)

Manju says:

Chaat is an area ive tried and failed miserably. I cannot make a good chutney for chaats to even save my life! So I have this tremendous appreciation of anyone who can make decent chart and looks like you’ve topped it girl. This looks soo amazing and top of the world! I want some right now!

And congrats on the guest post 🙂

Kudos to all your effort in the kitchen to get the crackers perfected! The pictures and the vivid description has me hungry to try this. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

WOW! WOW! WoW! I am speechless. it all looks amazing and those crackers I could snack on all day long! You are making me hungry girl!

Krithi says:

Awesome pictures!! truly inviting and inspiring…

Priyanka says:

Super colorful and temping pics

The crackers look crisp and perfect. Looks like a fantastic snack!

Manu says:

Hi again Kankana… I am back to let you know that…
You have been tagged!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Shumaila says:

You made me miss home! 🙁

Wow! This looks so tempting! The pictures are lovely too!

Ann says:

Wow – those are absolutely stunning! I love when you get a message from someone that exciting! Wonderful post!

Yeah, that’s what papdi chaat should be..a rainbow of colors and freshness oozing out. Great work!

tigerfish says:

Sounds like something I would enjoy snacking on in front of the TV…oops….*confessions of a couch potato*

I think if I lived in India, I’d be really fat… I loooove your food!!!

delicious colourful looking chaat beautifully presented Kankana

rebecca says:

looks awesome Kanana I am a huge fan of both you and Shulie

Swathi says:

Delicious papadi chaat love it. Nice presentation.

Richa says:

Really pretty clicks Kankana.! reminded me of the good old days when mom would put up chaat stall in the big gettogethers or events!
You have a very pretty blog!
Richa @

Natalie says:

I’m definitely popping over to check out this recipe, it sounds delicious! I haev the same problem when I make puris, they never come out right, they never puff up properly!!

Natalie says:

I’m definitely popping over to check out this recipe, it sounds delicious! I have the same problem when I make puris, they never come out right, they never puff up properly!!

myFudo says:

Wow!! Indians never cease to amaze me with their food. This looks tasty, so mouth watering. Great appealing photos

Cicilie says:

That looks really delicious, Kankana! I love Indian food! Lovely presentation:)

Candace says:

Indian food is new to my palate; but I’ve been completely seduced by everything that I’ve tasted so far. Your photos are amazing! I’m completely drawn in by them and wish that I could taste the papri chaat. It looks delicious!

Fantastic post dear! Love this street food….

sarah says:

Gorgeous pictures and such a lovely dish! Heading over to food wanderings now to check out the recipe!

Jessica says:

Papri Chaat looks amazing!! Though I’ve never tried, I would love to just from your photo. And I know I’d love it too. Looks delicious and congrats on the guest post!!

Eftychia says:

This is a dish I never tasted. It looks really yummy!! Thanks for the recipe.

killer pics Kankana! hungry for chaat right now 🙂

Kim Bee says:

Oh my this is one beautiful post. I always feel like such a slacker in the lighting department when I see stuff like this. I am so impressed by both the recipe and the pics.

Kankana! This looks wonderful!! All of your perseverance certainly paid off!! : )

Mythreyi says:

Oh My Kankana Dear…

You really don’t know how much i admire your clicks and love reading your posts. your blog has became my morning suprabhatam, and needless to anything about your stunning food photography, your clicks are making me Hungry Gal!!! realllyyyy hungry………. 🙂

Now you are on my blog list so that I don’t have to miss any of your posts…

Yum! Yum! Yum!

I have never had Papri Chaat and it makes my mouth water terribly. Excellent!

oh wow! everything looks so fresh and DELICIOUS!

rinku says:

I love the taste of homemade papris. It is tastes much fresher and makes all the difference.

Oh my gosh!! totally in love with your blog now!! Awesome images.. and loved the detailing in the recipes… Amazing.. How simple things can look so inspiring.. Im horrid at cooking.. I really am!! But am subscribed to your blog now.. and will surely try!! 🙂

nisha says:

i love papri chaat…i am so hungry just looking at these…
pics look fab as usual

elle marie says:

I’ve never had this dish as well, but it’s so gastronomic, and alluring, the photos have me salivating.

aarthi says:

my mum used to make this more it always..

aarthi says:

my mum used to make this more it always..but yours looks way better…Good pictures too…Thanks for the recipe

Silvia says:

I like! Not only because it is a different dish with lots of color but because it has to be delicious.


I love this chaat and also Shulie and her blog — great post!

Amazing photos, Kankana! And that Papri Chaat is so beautiful!!!

Vijitha says:

YummY! ANy day Any time is chaat time for me. Gorgeous pics sweety 🙂

sukanya says:

wonderful with all the colors and nice pics…love papri chaat and any street food for that matter

Kelly says:

Kankana, this is glorious. Your food is so rich in every sense of the word. Those chutneys look fantastic!

Soma says:

oh beautifully ! u did perfect it 🙂 Drooling over this now at dinner time.

Maya says:

Papri Chaat is a new thing for me, but after seeing your beautiful depiction of it, I’m going to hunt it down on every Indian restaurant menu I can find! Wait, did you say it was street food? Then I’m going to have to make it myself!

briarrose says:

Looks amazing! Heading over to check it out.

you got me here girl looks amazing! i have never produce so good chats at home! now i have to hop in to see if I could make them 🙂