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MIRCHI ~ BHALLA   PAAPDI  CHAAT | by J I G I S H A a.k.a Nitin Badhwar
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In continuation of Indian Food Series which I have tagged as MIRCHI , would like you to invite to try & taste this wonderful snack of India.

This is called Dahi Bhalla Chaat . Prepared by my mother as she always give stress on self cooking .Believe me, this is the favorite stuff of every North Indian ,especially girls and ladies.But the bad part if is my mother cannot eat more of such stuff because of her asthma disease.


Dahi Bhalla Chaat recipe Ingredients


1 c urad dal ( White Lentils )

1 kg yoghurt or curd

2 tsp roasted cumin powder

1 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp kala namak –Black Rock salt (salt to taste)

1 inch ginger fine choped

Edible oil for frying

3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

15-20 raisins

1 green chillli, deseeded & slivered

mint chutney

tamarind chutney




Wash and soak the dal in cold water overnight. Next day, strain and grind to a smooth paste. Whisk into the batter 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and raisins.


Heat oil in a wok. Drop tablespoons of batter in it and fry until light golden.


Remove, drain on absorbent paper. Put the bhallas in hot water. Leave for 2 minutes. Drain, squeezing out the water between the palm of your hands.


Whisk the yoghurt well with kala namak and salt to taste.


To serve, place the bhallas on a plate and cover with yoghurt. Drizzle mint chutney and tamarind chutney. Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder. Garnish with coriander leaves, ginger and green chili.






Nitin Badhwar

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Taken on September 17, 2006