Being a foodie, one thing I miss a lot since coming to the US is Mumbai Street Food...I've to only mention the word and my mouth starts watering. I had my favorite vendors for all the dishes - pav bhaji, chaats, samosas and bhajjias,sandwiches, sweets and they all recognised me and I was such a regular that they would even give me extras, totally free!! In fact for a month before leaving for the US, I went all around the city eating at all my favorite places and saying goodbyes to my favorite 'bhaiyyas', I'm sure they miss me:)....
I have tried most of the places that serve Chaat out here, but I've never felt satisfied. So I've been planning since long to make something at home. Last week I had pani puri at a friends place, and it was just heavenly. Now I just had to have my second favorite dish too, so I made Sev Puri a couple of days back and surprised Manoj when he got back from work.....both of us skipped dinner so you can imagine how many puris we had.
Potatoes, boiled and mashed
Green Chutney (recipe below)
Date and Tamarind Chutney, I used store bought ( Khana Khazana brand, its yumm)
Red Chilli Paste (recipe below)
Chaat Masala, a little to sprinkle
Red onion, finely chopped
Raw Mango, cut into small pieces
Cilantro, finely chopped
1 bunch cilantro
handful of mint leaves
2-3 garlic cloves
1 green chilli, or to taste
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tsps sugar
salt to taste
Grind all the above ingredients to a fine paste using very little water.
Red Chilli Paste
Soak the chillies in water for a few hours and grind to a smooth paste with little water.
Or use store bought.
Arrange the puris on a plate. Top each puri with some mashed potato, green chutney, tamarind chutney, red chilli paste, onion, mango and sprinkle a little chaat masala.
Cover with a generous amount of sev.
Garnish with some more onions, mango and cilantro.