Papri chaat, paapri chaat or papdi chaat is a popular fast food and street food in the Indian subcontinent, notably North. Papri refers to the wafers, and the word chaat derived from Sanskrit verb “Caṭ” means tasting with a fingertip and represents the sound made thereby- it refers to several fast food dishes and snacks. Papri chaat is traditionally prepared using the fried flour-wafers along with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, dahi and tamarind chutney and topped with chaat masala and sev. With time, Papdi has been replaced with golgappas too at some places.
A recipe for papdi (as purika) is mentioned in Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopaedia compiled by Someshvara (III), who ruled from present-day Karnataka.
Papri chaat is often purveyed and consumed at mobile food stalls in India. Eating Chaat is fun but sometimes just standing there watching it being made is also interesting… how different ingredients and colors come together to make a delectable snack… watching it take shape is mouth watering enough and when you finally eat, it tastes even better because we all know fruit of patience is sweet.