Head to Delhi Haat for Paapri Chaat...Kailash Parbat, Phoenix Mills, Mumbai

I first had paapri chaat at Khan Market, Delhi a few years back. I fell in love with this heady mix of crushed paapri (won't even try to translate this), wadas, potatoes, curd, red sweet chutney, chilly powder, gaathias, bhujias and what have you.

Since then I have always made a beeline for paapri chaat sellers when I go to Delhi.

I was at Phonenix Mills at Sunday. All bruised and battered after hours of shopping in a Mall inundated with sales. My feet were aching and my body was aching all over. I stopped at the Kailash Parbat for a snack before heading home. This is in the food court outside PVR Cinema.

My eyes lit up when I saw paapri chaat and I ordered one.

What I got was an albinoed dish which had no connection the sassy, colourful Delhi delight. It had a limp sweetened curd base. No sign of the zesty chutneys. Pale paapris, different from the crunchy Delhi ones. Lots of boondi for some reason but no crushed pakoras, gaathiya setc. A complete waste of fifty Rupees (1 USD).

As we drove back home Kainaz said, "You told me that paapri chaat is a Delhi thing. Isn't it a better idea to have it in Delhi?

Can't argue with that

Comments

Rhea said…
I remember my winter vacations spent in Delhi in my Mashi's house. Every evening, a paapri chaat wallah would come by outside their building complex and there would be a huge crowd!

We'd get ours too. For Rs 5.00 a plate, and it would be a lot!! And absolutely lip smacking too! Aaaaahh.. Memories. :)
The knife said…
Food memories are the best sort :)

My chhoto maashi is a Delhi'ite. I remember she'd come to Cal when I was a kid and she was in college. My Dad took us to a place at Gariahat. She ordered Paapri Chhat. And said 'what nonsense' when it came... circa 81 or something
Anju said…
Hey thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. I didn't know on which one of your blog to leave a reply so i picked this one-for a foodie blogger- 'finely chopped' seemed more appropriate! :-) i haven't used the spices yet but hopefully this week, i will. BTW i studied in India & boy do i miss the food there. cheers
Scarlett said…
Shops in Mumbai don't know how to make any kind of chaat or panipuri at all. They're good only with vada paos. It's best to have chaat, pani puri etc. in Delhi/North India.
The knife said…
Hey Anju, thanks for dropping in. Mauritius is often shown as an idyllic retreat in Hindi films. Looks lovely. Have fun with your masalas from home. Even I pick up some when I go to Calcutta and then live on them till the next trip.

True Scarlett, I think Mumbai should stick to vada pao, Chaat is Delhi territory and phuchkas and rolls have to be Kolkata's
Moonshine said…
You cant talk about delhi and not hear from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Food in delhi is the best.. there CANNOT be anything better.. i love the alu tikki.. the alu chaats (which is hot unlike the cold ones you get in bombay).. chole bhature.. chole kulche...rajma chawal.. jalebi... gol gappe.. my mouth is watering...
Miri said…
Well, revenge for the rubbish pani puri and bhel puri they serve in Delhi, is all I can say!! Nothing to beat`the amazing bhel and pani puri I grew up eating in Five Gardens .....I somehow just didn't "get" papri chaat at all - in fact`any of the Delhi chaat and their propensity to douse everything with a dollop of dahi - why why why? :)
Rushina said…
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The knife said…
Miri, just goes to show people are about the street food of their cities... staritng with us Calcuttans and our belief that nothing, absolutely nothing matches up to phuchkas and rolls ... the Chinese who want to Balkanise India just need to tap this... of course one bite of Indian Chinese and they will never mess with us again
The knife said…
Hey Rushina, this is so wonderful. My first blog award. And means a lot coming from someone who is so passionate about food AND has followed her passion.... very inspiring
Pinku said…
I am grinning for once being in delhi doesnt seem all that bad...for one I can have the paapri chaats and the puchkas as well (thanks to CR park) not to mention the rajma chawal, Karim's food and Mutton rolls (CR park again)
The knife said…
hey Pinku, Moonshine...Delhi sounds like the Disneyland of food. I never got excited about rajma chawal but pratha, paapdi chaat, gajar ka halwa, karims rolls (i had it near cp i thought years back), khan market kebabs... Bring it to me
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