Papdi Chat / Sev Puri ( Holi Special )

On the day of Holi, folks of all shapes, sizes and colors would come knocking on our door. As per tradition, they would apply the 'gulal' /'fagu' or dry color on the feet of the elders first and take the latter's blessings. People of their own age would be generously smeared on the cheeks while the kids or youngsters would not be spared even an inch.

This is one such recipe that is usually served to the guests on the day. Read on -








Preparation Time - 30 mins

Ingredients - 

  • 12 papdis
  • 1/2 cup boiled and peeled potato
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2-3 green chilis (optional..only if you like it hot)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp chaat masala
  • 2 pinch roasted cumin-chili powder
  • 1/2 cup thin sev
  • chopped cilantro
  • black salt (as per taste)
  • salt to taste


For Sweet Chutney -

  • Lemon sized ball of tamarind
  • 4 tbsp jaggery
  • 1 1/2 inch grated ginger 
  • salt to taste


For the spicy 'Theekhi' chutney -

  • 1/2 cup cilnatro
  • 2-3 green chilis
  • a small piece of tamarind
  • 2 pinch cumin seeds
  • salt to taste



Preparation - Take all the ingredients for the spicy chutney in a blender jar and give a good buzz. Remove and keep it aside.

Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup hot water for 15-20 mins. Mash and discard the solids. Take the extact in a saucepan, add the remaining ingredients for sweet chutney and boil for 6-7 mins. Remove from flame and keep aside till cool.

Crumble the potatoes lightly. Do not mash completely.

Final assembly -

Take 6 puris in each plate. Put some crumbled potato oven them and then add some yogurt. Drizzle with the sweet and spicy chutney.

Add some chaat masala, chili powder, roasted cumin chili powder and onions. 

Sprinkle sev generously all over. Finally add some more onions, chopped green chilis, chopped cilantro, yogurt, a little chutney and some black salt. Sprinkle a little bit of table salt if required.

Serve immediately.






Note - One can also add boiled chickpeas, yellow peas or even black gram dal. Add chopped tomato and cucumber to make it even more filling.

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