Papdi Chaat: Potato and Chickpea Salad

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Papdi chaat is potato and chickpea salad with a unique taste. It’s sweet, creamy, spicy, and savoury at the same time. It’s just a delicious starter.

A bowl of papdi chaat - the Pakistani potato and chickpea salad.

What is papdi chaat?

Papdi chaat is potato and chickpea salad with spiced-up yogurt and tamarind dressing. It is topped with papdi, the type of crunchy snack made of flour. 

This potato and chickpea salad has a unique taste. It’s sweet, spicy, and savory at the same time. It’s delicious to have before your main course.

The words papdi chaat themselves may not be easy to translate into English. Because there are no exact words that can be described in just a few words. 

two bowls of potato and chickpea salad - papdi chaat.

Let me try. Papdi means fried crisps made of flour. Chaat means to taste, which elaborates on any finger food type of snack.

So the two words combined basically mean fried snacks to taste. Literally.

However, the actual thing is more like a salad. Because it is a mix of quite a few things.

They are potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, spices, yogurt, tamarind sauce, and crispy papdi. 

This sweet, spicy, and savory salad is a popular snack in the Indian subcontinent. 

You can find it as street food in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. Like any food, you will find every region may offer different ways of making this papdi chaat.

Nevertheless, they all have something in common: using potatoes and chickpeas. 

Papdi chaat is also called papdi chaat masala, aloo papdi chaat, papri chaat or dahi papdi chaat (dahi means yogurt). 

It is usually served as a starter/ appetizer among a food spread. And it is popular as a choice for iftar among Ramadan recipes.

Chaat recipe in Pakistani style

So the recipe I’m sharing here is the Pakistani papdi chaat recipe. And it is one with yogurt sauce. Hence, you may call it dahi papdi chaat, as dahi means yogurt.

It is an easy recipe with simple ingredients. Though you need quite a few items to make this chaat.

You may think twice when you see the ingredient list. But, most items are quite basic and almost always available in our kitchen. 

If you like Indian/ Pakistani cuisines, I suggest you try this potato and chickpea salad with yogurt and sweet tamarind chutney. It’s so tasty and moreish.

Once you try making it yourself, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it much earlier. 

It’s that good. 

There are many types of chaat in Pakistani/ Indian cuisine. Others you may know are samosa chaat, chana chaat, and fruit chaat.

Easy-to-get ingredients

You need to prepare fifteen items to make this sweet and spicy potato chickpea salad. 

Potatoes, chickpeas, tomato, brown onion, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder (or cayenne pepper), natural yogurt, salt, sugar, milk, imli sauce (tamarind chutney), chaat masala, thin sev, chaat papdi or mini poppadom, and cilantro/ green coriander.

ingredients for papdi chaat

It’s best to use a waxy type of potato for the potatoes. Charlotte, salad potatoes, and Jersey can be one of the options. 

Although I use canned chickpeas, you are more than welcome to use dried chickpeas. 

For this recipe, ½ cup dried chickpeas are enough. You can soak them overnight, then rinse and boil them until fully cooked. 

You can roast cumin powder on a frying pan. Do so until the spice seeds release an aroma. Then blitz them in a grinder until becoming fine powder. 

When it comes to tamarind chutney and chaat masala, you can make it yourself by following my recipe for imli sauce and chaat masala.

Or, you can get bottled tamarind sauce from Asian/ Indian shops and other ingredients such as thin sev, poppadom, chaat papdi, etc. 

How to make papdi chaat

Besides boiling potatoes and chickpeas, cooking is hardly involved in making this delicious salad for your next snack.

Once you boil the potatoes and chickpeas, leave them to cool as you prepare the sauces.

Mix the yogurt, milk, and sugar in a small bowl. You can use a fork to mix until the sugar dissolves. Mix in the tamarind sauce. 

Then chop the onion, tomato, and cilantro.

When the potatoes and chickpeas are at room temperature, add the roasted cumin powder, chili powder/ cayenne powder, salt, onion, and tomato.

Stir well until everything is coated with the spices. 

Add the yogurt mixture to the potato mixture and stir well. 

Divide the potato and chickpeas mixture into small serving bowls. Put some thin Sev over each bowl, followed with crushed papdi. 

Drizzle a teaspoon of tamarind sauce on every bowl and sprinkle a pinch of chaat masala.

Last but not least, garnish with chopped cilantro.

Pakistani papdi chaat.

Top tips for the best-tasting papdi chaat

  • You can prepare every ingredient and keep them in individual storage. Then assemble them when you are ready to serve the chaat. 
  • It is best to leave the potato and chickpeas mixture to rest once you mix in the spices. It gives the flavor to develop better. Half an hour to an hour is good. 

More salad recipes

If you want more ideas for exotic salad, try acar timun: Indonesian cucumber salad, gado-gado: Indonesian salad with peanut sauce dressing, and apple salad with balsamic dressing

Thank you for checking this papdi chaat recipe. I hope you will try this potato and chickpea salad. When you do, please share your thoughts in the comment below. I really appreciate it. 

Lastly, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. To sneak a look at what’s cooking in my kitchen. 

Take care and all the best.

A bowl of papdi chaat - the Pakistani potato and chickpea salad.
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Papdi Chaat: Potato And Chickpea Salad

Papdi chaat is potato and chickpea salad with a unique taste. It's sweet, creamy, spicy, and savoury at the same time. It's just a delicious starter.
Author: Devy Dar
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Resting time15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Pakistani
Servings: 4 portions

Equipment

  • Serving bowls
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 cups potatoes chunks. Boiled and cooled down.
  • 14 ounces canned chickpeas. drain and discard the water.
  • 1 onion.
  • 1 tomato.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder. Pan roaste.
  • ½ teaspoon  red chili powder or cayenne pepper.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • ½ teaspoon natural yogurt.
  • cup milk.
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons imli sauce/ tamarind sauce.
  • ½-1 teaspoon chaat masala.
  • Thin Sev.
  • Chaat Papdi/ chaat papri/ mini poppadoms
  • Cilantros/ green coriander.

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, place the boiled potatoes, chickpeas, chopped onion, roasted cumin powder, salt, and chili powder/ cayenne powder. Using a spatula, stir until everything is mixed and coated with spices.
  • Add chopped tomato and stir again. Set aside.
  • Take a small bowl, and place yogurt, milk, and sugar. Use a fork to mix until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add tamarind sauce/ imli sauce into the yogurt sauce. Stir well.
  • Then fold the yogurt mixture into the chickpea mixture. Mix well until everything is coated with spiced yogurt.
  • If you are going to serve right away, you can add about ⅓ cup think Sev and crush 5-6 chaat papdi into the chickpea mixture. And quickly stir and mix.
  • Take small serving bowls, and spoon the chaat into the bowls. Sprinkle over a spoon or two of thin Sev. And crush 1-2 chaat papdi over the chaat.
  • Garnish with a drizzle the tamarind sauce over the potato and chickpea salad. A sprinkle a chaat masala, and chopped cilantro (green coriander).

Notes

  • Roast the whole cumin seeds in a pan until they crackle. Leave to cool before grinding them into fine powder.
  • More often than not, I use Kashmiri red chili powder. Because I like its lovely vibrant color and flavorful spiciness. However, if it is not available for you, use dried red hot chili powder, or cayenne powder. 
  • I always use whole milk for drinking and cooking. But feel free to use any type of milk you prefer, i.e. semi-skimmed milk or skimmed milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

Disclaimer

Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is so tasty! It makes a great change from boring mayonnaise coated potato salad too.

    1. It’s always nice to have a new idea to a great flavor 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I needed a new recipe using chickpeas! I have a bunch in my pantry, this dish is a hit with my family!

    1. Yes, now you have another idea in your cooking repertoire 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This salad made me so happy! I admit I had to get a few specialty ingredients for it, but those little crispy fried bites of dough were amazing! I think I’ll have to make this a few more times 🙂

    1. I’m happy too that you like it. Now you have the ingredients, no reasons of not making it again :-).

  4. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for chickpea recipes using different flavors and this one is a winner! Thank you!

    1. Yaay. Glad you like this one as it’s the winner in our household too.

  5. 5 stars
    Looove chickpeas but I’ve never had them in a salad like this with potatoes! Mind blown! It was so good, and it was hearty enough to be a main meal!

    1. I agree. I often eat this papdi chaat as my lunch meal. As it’s packed with protein.

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