30 June, 2008

Dahi Batata Puri: Yeh Dil Maange More...

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Dahi Batata Puri

It's a beautiful evening with chirping birds flying back to their warm nests. Sun is setting behind the mountains. It looks like he is on his way to meet his lover as the sky is blushes with beautiful red. All of sudden the dimly lit street starts buzzing. People start arriving in large numbers, almost like devotees make pilgrimage to their favourite temples. Just like in any temples you can see people standing in a long queue waiting eagerly for their turn. To me it seems like a never ending queue as I wait eagerly, my patience threatening to fly out of the window. My tummy starts grumbling as my eyes are seduced by the sight of people gorging on platefuls of delicious looking items. My nose seems to have lost in aromatic world of spices and herbs. I stand there drooling non-stop which would easily solve any water issues. Yes, the queue is moving fast now… I am behind just two people now… now just one. The guy before me orders for one plate of Bhel Puri and another plate of Masala Puri. Oh the sweet torture. It’s my turn now… What am I going to have? Is it Bhel or Pani Puri? May be I should have Masala Puri today. Wait, Dahi Batata Puri which that fat guy stuffing in his mouth looks so good. The GaaDi-walah looks at me and asks me what I want to have… At last I make up my mind and ask for plate of Dahi Batata Puri. I look at him as he quickly whips up sinfully delicious looking plate of my favourite Chaat with fascination. First he arranges a plateful of puri and then he starts stuffing it with potato filling and then quickly adds colourful chutneys. Then he starts filling each puri with a spoonful of spiced yogurt. Finally he sprinkles few pieces of red onions and sev… “Bhaiyya, put little extra sev for me!”, I almost plead. He smiles and adds extra handful of sev and there it is… All mine… Mine, mine, mine… He extends my plate of Chaat… It’s almost within my reach and I extend my hand…

Tringggggggggg…………. What, where, how??? It’s a dream!!! It’s just a %&*$ dream!!! Not again, why oh God! Why me!!! Why are you punishing me like this?

God shouts back at me, “Because it’s your fault that you had to choose Street Food for food blogging event. Now repent. Why blame me?”…

Oh yes, this is what happens when you host any blog events. You don’t know when you will get hunger attack as the entries fill in your mail box any time of the day. If it’s close to lunch or dinner time, then you are finished!!! Imagine opening your mailbox just when you had to skip your breakfast because you forgot to set your alarm clock on a very important day at work, and find these delicious, mouth watering, drool-worthy entries there. Do I need to say anymore? Since I announced Street Food theme for this month’s MBP, I have been getting lots of nightmares like this every night. There was only one way to get rid of it and that’s what I did this weekend.

This plate of Dahi Batata Puri is a result of my non-stop nightmares I am getting since past few weeks. To be precise, from the day I announced Street Food for MBP. I have been trying very hard to avoid deep fried puries but failed miserably in the end. Well, you can’t call it exactly junk food. It uses vegetables, greens, and importantly good dose of yogurt. So in my opinion, its healthy food all the way and I am sure most of you will agree with me ;) We used store bought puries and there were 30 of them… and all of them are gone now. It was our lunch yesterday and we skipped our dinner at night ;)

I can’t say it is as good as the ones you get on street carts in India but it was tasty nevertheless. Well, beggars can’t be choosers! This recipe is from my Amma who makes excellent Chaats (second next to the Chaatwalah Bhaiyya! I hope she is not reading this post ;). We licked our plates clean and were confused which plate was washed and which were not washed (Ok, bad joke ;). We have got little extra chutney left in refrigerate which we are going to use tonight. Oh yes, we are having Bhelpuri for dinner as the puries are over and cant make another batch of Dahi Batata Puri or Masala Puri. Off this plate of Dahi Batata Puri goes to gorgeous Sig for her JFI-Tamarind (just on time), dear Dee's Herb Mania-Mint and to bubbly Siri for her Frozen Yogurt. Enjoy girls…

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Dahi Batata Puri


Dahi Batata Puri (Chaat, famous street food of India where puffed puries are stuffed with potato, sweet-spicy-mint chutney and fresh yogurt)
Prep Time: 20-30 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Serves: 2-6 (difficult to say)

Ingredients:
20-30 Puffed deep fried Puris (store bought or home made)
½ - ¾ cups Sev
1 Red Onion, finely chopped

For Potato-Peas Filling:
1 large Potato, cooked, peeled and diced into small pieces
½ cup Green Peas, cooked (or use cooked Kabuli Channa (Garbanzo)/Moong Sprouts)
½ tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste

For Sweet Tamarind-Date Chutney:
1 lemon sized Tamarind Pulp, soaked in water
6-8 Dates, pitted
½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
4-6 tbsp Jaggary (adjust acc to taste)
Salt to taste

For Green Mint Chutney:
1 packed cup Mint Leaves
½ packed cup Coriander Leaves
4-6 Green Chillies (adjust acc to taste)
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Tamarind Paste
Salt to taste

For Spicy Red Chutney:
10 Dry Red Chillies
2-3 Garlic flakes
1 small Tomato (Optional, it helps in grinding teh chillies to smooth paste)
½ tsp Tamarind Paste
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
Salt to taste

For Curd/Yogurt Filling:
3 cups Yogurt, beaten till smooth
1 tsp roasted Jeera/Cumin Powder
1 tbsp Sugar
Big Pinch of Salt

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Ingredients for Dahi Batata Puri: Potato-Peas Filling, Sev, Red Onion, Spicy Red Chutney, Sweet Tamarind-Date Chutney, Green Mint Chutney, Spiced Yogurt, Puri


Method:

For Potato Filling:
First prepare the potato filling. Heat a pan and add cumin seeds to it and dry roast for a minute. Then add cooked diced potatoes, green peas, garam masala, turmeric, salt to taste. Sauté on medium flame for a minute or two and keep it aside.

For Sweet Tamarind-Date Chutney:
Grind all ingredients listed to very smooth paste adding very little water at time. This paste should be little thick not runny.

For Green Mint Chutney:
Grind all the ingredients listed to smooth paste adding very little water at time. Adjust the number of green chillies according to taste. I personally like little hot. Make sure that the chutney is not very watery.

For Spicy Red Chutney:
Grind all the ingredients to very smooth paste adding very little water at time. If you find it difficult to grind, add small tomato (tip learnt from my favourite Chaatwalah).

For Curd/Yogurt Filling:
Beat the curd/yogurt till its smooth without any lumps. Now mix in powdered roasted cumin, sugar and salt to taste.

To Assemble the Dahi Batata Puri:
Arrange 6-9 puris in a plate, making small opening on top of each puri big enough to add the fillings.
First fill each puri with a tsp of Potato-Green Peas filling. Add one or 2 tsp of yogurt filling. Then fill it with ¼-½ tsp of all three chutneys. Drizzle over little more of yogurt filling and then sprinkle chopped red onion and sev on each puri.
Serve this delicious plate of Dahi Batata Puri immediately as if kept for long it will become soggy. Remember to use your finger to eat it not with spoon and enjoy this finger-licking-ly delicious Chaat.

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This one is for you...


Reminder: MBP-Street Food (Last Call...)
MBP-Street Food ends on 30th of June, 2008. Start patrolling the blogs and cook your favourite Street Food that your tummy begs and heart desires and spread link love.

Deadline: 30th June, 2008

Please go through the guidelines and include all the required information in your post and mail when sending me your entry. Don't forget to add Your Name, Your Blog Name, Name of the Dish you cooked, Perm Link of the entry, Perm Link of original recipe along with the gorgeous Photo of final dish.

Click Here or on the logo to find out more information on this event.

Reminder: WBB-Summer Feast

For this edition of WBB, your challenge is to cook anything with summer fruits and vegetables. Yes, the theme is WBB-Summer Feast. Go to your town/city’s Farmer’s Market and pick fresh season’s produce and make your favourite breakfast or brunch and join in the Summer Feast.

Deadline: 31st July, 2008

Please go through the guidelines and include all the required information in your post and mail when sending me your entry. Don't forget to add Your Name, Your Blog Name, Name of the Dish you cooked, Perm Link of the entry, Perm Link of original recipe along with the gorgeous Photo of final dish.

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47 comments:

  1. omg this looksso delicious,,,had pani poori chat yesterday....liked reain ur post..specially thedream part

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  2. Hehe I dream about food too like for instance I had constant dreams about my DB Danish...That's a different story altogether...

    TheDahi Puri is one of my fav chaats..Yours look just like the ones I get froma place called Gangothri In madras..

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  3. wow sups..thats rocking!!!..too good gurl!!!...and to think that was all your dream..gal you missed your vocation!...

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  4. HeHe! Bam!!! I smack one on your head too along with God! Are you still dieting or not? Who cares? EAT CHAAT!

    Looks yummy, wish I could I could grab one off the screen. Our weekend very very busy, couldn't even sit down and eat, renovating the bathroom, big project.

    Happy Monday to you, have a wonderful week ahead!:)

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  5. What a delicious dream that is.. I think i'm going to have the same dream after seeing your dahi batata puris - fabulous photos Sia.

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  6. I love the way you have written Sia. It's so real, I have similar cravings for regular puris. The dish looks very good and inviting.

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  7. That plate of dahi puri is wicked ! How long does the red chutney keep if you add tomatoes?

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  8. Perfect! How much for a plate? :) if possible, pls fedex some.....:) now i am the next in line to get such nightmares!!

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  9. pictures are gorgeous Sups! just feel like coming over to your place for some of the DBP! Yumm!
    Sorry i could not make it to the event, have been too swamped on the home front!

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  10. Dahi Puri is my favorite street food, Used to have lots and lots of it back when I was in Hyderabad from the famous 'Gokul Chaat'. I hope I get all the ingredients like 'sev' and 'puri' here to prepare it at home..

    www.zaiqa.net

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  11. ohhh...awesome pics Sia...and the last for mr, I could really taste it! This is one colorful and yummy post! loved it! :-)

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  12. umm...dahi batata poori is very tempting,looks delicious!!

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  13. Dahi batata puri looks delicious Sia...if possible can u send me some?

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  14. Oh my god, now I am craving for some. .. lovely post I loved your dream.. so sweet

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  15. Wow, those pictures look out of this world... Great job sups... and thank you for this entry :)

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  16. Hey, that is too bad Sia.... You are having the whole plate and giving me only one :(
    I am drooling over ur pict....

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  17. that looks awesome, Sia! Fantastic pictures.. I'm a big fan of chaats, and I can't wait to try this now..

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  18. wow mouth watering dahi batata puri. Awesome pictures.

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  19. yes, sia, i hear ya. sev is an oxidant-inch vegetable and one always needs to please with the bhaiya to sprinkle extra veggies on top.

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  20. what a co-incidence i made same chaat item Sev Dahi Puri. Yet to post in my blog.
    Nice pic..look good

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  21. Wow! Loved the pictures...and i am drooling over this plate of Dahi Batata Puri!!

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  22. those dahi batata puris r mouth-watering ... making me crave to have some ... nice pics sia!

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  23. Dear sia, the batatapuri looks so heavenly , I am reading this post while having my lunch and I didnt want to eat it any longer...chaat for me always... Thanks you for participating. Hugs :)

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  24. I misse this soooooo much as I never make it for myself in London. I could easily have one of those dreams myself...

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  25. its almost dinner time here, my 'palakoora pappu' is still in the cooker and meanwhile, I thought lets reply to the entries I have got for 'Yogurt' event! I was ignoring ur mail since morning, just becoz I know it wud be a torture to see the pic! ..and thats what happened.. I am salvating for ur Dahi Bata Puri.. and Off I am before I get hunger pands..hehehe! Thanks Sia, for ur gorgeous entry!

    Hugs,
    Siri

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  26. pictures are so mouth watering. m feeling home sick now :(.

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  27. I love dahi puri. It's just inviting...

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  28. Only one?? I want the whole plate!! Gorgeous chaat, Sia! :)

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  29. ooh ! checking this post just at my breakfast time (sydney) !! bad idea .hehe.

    They look awesome and super tasty !

    --Rupa .

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  30. simplyyyyy deleciouss sia,very tempting pics

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  31. Oh, I love chaat, and am going to try this soon :) Thanks, Sia!

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  32. Loved it Yum is my reaction.. for this.. Loved the last click nice one..

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  33. tou have a surprise in my blog! keep going

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  34. Sups, now, that, my dear, is sheer temptation :-P...gorgeous pictures :-)

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  35. really yeh dil maange more recipe.. want to try it out. awesome pics....

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  36. i think the serving size is for 2 sia :D..and for piggies like me...maybe 1..yep...too greedy to share :D

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  37. Hummmm dahi batata puri looks awesome, mouth-drooling!!!!

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  38. it looks so yummy.... !!! pass on some here now... :D .
    I normally make chutney in large quantity to enjoy it quickly for few more days :) .

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  39. Thoda bahut yeh tongue bhi maange:)

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  40. I love the spirited conversations you have with the big GOD :D

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  41. yummm!!!! pictures are so damn tempting!!!!!!!! I guess I'll make some for myself too

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  42. hmmm...so mouth watering. Nice presentation...!!!:-P
    Thanks 4 remind us.
    Sonu:-D

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  43. How dare you tease us with dahi-bata puris, kothmir vadis,and so on....!!!!!! I'll give you a smack too :D

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  44. hi this looks soo yummy!! I remember my college days in Pune - where its called SPDP. Sev Potato Dahi Puri! want it right now.

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  45. Wow! That looks absolutely amazing!!

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  46. Your recipes are amazing! They look so mouth watering and encourages people to try making them at home! There are so many many recipes posted on the net by so many people/chefs, but I find yours really delightful, especially with the colorful pics and garnishing, you really keep the ball rolling. Love all your recipes and trying hard to make as many as I can!

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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