Farali Papdi Chaat

October 19, 2020mayurisjikoni
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 EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #269 NAVRATRI NAVRAS

RECIPE: FARALI PAPDI CHAAT

What is Farali Papdi Chaat?

Farali papdi chaat is an Indian Snack which is served with chutneys. Chaats are also served with basics likes boiled potatoes and chickpeas. In this case, Papdi is a small fried disc made from flour. Furthermore, toppings are added on the papdi, drizzled with chutneys and served. Usually, chaats are considered as famous street food in India. 

 

More About Farali Papdi Chaat

Farali means any food that is allowed during Hindu Fasting days or month. Usually during the festival of Navratri, many follow the farali diet.

This means:

  •  grains, beans, pulses, lentils not allowed
  • refrain from onion, garlic, peas, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplants, and many other vegetables
  • no meat, egg, fish

As any sort of grains are not allowed the most popular choice are:

  • amaranth
  • barnyard millet
  • quinoa
  • buckwheat
  • water chestnut

Therefore, the seeds or their flour become the most popular choice as farali food. Especially for this recipe, I’ve used amaranth (rajgira) flour to prepare the papdi (crackers).

Usually Chaat Toppings are:

  • Onion
  • Chickpeas
  • Potatoes
  • Moong beans

During fasting days the other 3 are not allowed, except for potatoes. So, instead I use boiled peanuts and fruits.

Chaats require Three main Chutneys:

Green Chutney – usually made from coriander, mint, chilli, ginger, and sometimes raw mango.

Date Tamarind Chutney – as the name suggests its a mixture of date and tamarind

Garlic Chutney – the fiery hot one.

 As we cannot use garlic chutney for Farali fasting, I just omit it. However, if you want to add the heat to your chaat you can make a red chilli chutney. 

 

Fasting and Food Variety

Incidentally, I’ve always questioned the idea of a variety of food during fasting. In reality, it beats the whole idea of why one is suppose to fast. In fact, I always thought that fasting equates to very simple food. That is till a Guruji explained about this whole concept. Of course, very simply he explained that even on Fasting Days we should not forget to offer a variety of food to God. Subsequently, the devotees enjoy the offering. In addition he explained, that enjoying prasadam does not mean that you eat like a glutton. In short, a small amount is enjoyed by many. 

 

Farali Food you may want to check out:

 

  Ingredients Required for Farali Papdi Chaat

  • Amaranth Flour – rajgira flour for the papdi
  • Salt – Use rock salt or sendha namak. For the papdi, potatoes and peanuts
  • Coarse Pepper Powder – for the papdi
  • Water – for the dough
  • Boiled Potatoes – can use roasted too
  • Boiled Peanuts 
  • Red Chilli Powder  
  • Fruit  – fresh fruit or fruits of your choice. I used grapes and pomegranate
  • Green Chutney
  • Date Tamarind Chutney
  • Plain Yogurt – optional

 

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian 
  • Satvik as it has no onion or garlic
  • Vegan – don’t serve with yogurt

 

 

 

 

FARALI PAPDI CHAAT

Farali Papdi Chaat is a gluten free way to enjoy the famous Indian Street Food, Papdi Chaat. Mixture of simple ingredients results in a tangy, sweetish, delightful lip smacking snack.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course fasting food, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 20 PIECES

Ingredients
  

FOR THE PAPDI:

  • 1 cup amaranth flour (rajgira)
  • ⅓ - ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp rock salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder coarse
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • amaranth flour extra for dusting

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • ½ cup potato cubes boiled and diced
  • ½ cup peanuts boiled, fried, or roasted
  • ¼ cup grapes sliced
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • ¼ cup raw mango chopped finely
  • ½ cup green chutney
  • ½ cup date tamarind chutney
  • 1 cup plain yogurt optional
  • ¼ tsp rock salt
  • ¼ -½ tsp red chilli powder

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF PAPDI:

  • Add flour into a mixing bowl.
  • Add oil, salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Add water as needed and form a dough. It should not be hard or too soft.
  • Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into two parts.
  • Roll one part into a ball.
  • Dust the work top with some flour. Roll the ball out into a 7-8 inch diameter circle.
  • Using a small cookie cutter or a jar lid that is about 1½ - 2 inches in diameter, cut circles out of the dough.
  • Keep the circles in a tray and cover with a damp cloth.
  • Prick the circles with a fork all over, or make little cuts with a knife.
  • Mix the discarded dough with the other dough and roll again. Repeat till all the dough is used up.
  • Heat oil in a wok or kadai over medium heat.
  • Add a tiny piece of the dough in the hot oil. If it comes up immediately, then the oil is ready.
  • Lower the heat and add the rolled dough or papdi 6-8 at a time, depending on the size of the wok or kadai.
  • Keep turning them over in the oil till they turn light brown in colour.
  • Fry all the papdi in the same manner.

SERVING FARALI PAPDI CHAAT:

  • Mix the diced potato, peanuts, chopped grapes, mango° and pomegranate in a mixing bowl. Add salt and red chilli powder according to your taste.
  • Add about a tablespoonful of the mixture on each papdi.
  • Top with the chutneys.
  • Serve with the yogurt and the remaining chutneys.

Notes

  • Use any fruit of your choice. Tastes good with apples, pears, ripe mango, etc.
  • If the papdi is not crispy after frying, layer them in a baking tray that is lined with the kitchen paper. Put the tray in a preheated oven @100ºC for 20-30 minutes. The papdi will become crispy and the paper will soak up the excess oil.
  • Store papdi in an airtight container till required.
  • Add toppings just before serving, otherwise the papdi will become soggy.
  • If you want, replace the amaranth with farali flour.
  • Remember to keep dusting the work top lightly with the extra flour so that the dough does not stick to the surface.
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16 Comments

  • Priya vj

    October 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    Totallybdroolworthy chaat..this is so delicious to munch on even on non vrat days .with fresh fruits and boiled peanuts they make it a healthy choice.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much and yes with different topping.

  • Mina Joshi

    October 20, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious. I love this idea of farari food. It makes fasting so much fun. I am going to try making this dish soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 20, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. I must admit, it was truly a change from the normal farali food.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    October 21, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    5 stars
    Farali chaat with amaranthus flour papdi and delicious fruits, green chutney and peanut potato topping sounds absolutely lip smacking! I also made a similar chat last year for my Kirtan mandli during Navratri Fasting, but I baked the papdis a day ahead, so only had the job to assemble and serve on the day of function. I also used grated paneer in the topping. Loved your presentation. Looks so inviting !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 21, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, I fried this one as I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I will definitely be checking your baked ones as its so much healthier. Like the paneer suggestion.

  • the Girl Next Door

    October 24, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    5 stars
    This looks gorgeous! Fast or no fast, I’d never say no to this beautiful, colourful platter of chaat. 🙂 I love how you have made farali tikki pooris using amaranth flour. Lovely recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 24, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks Priya. Needed a change from the usual farali food so this chaat was a good idea.

  • Preethicuisine

    October 25, 2020 at 8:25 am

    5 stars
    Delicious and irresistible papdi Chaat with boiled peanuts and fruit toppings. A great twist to the regular chaats. Papdi with amaranth flour sounds interesting. Beautifully presented.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 25, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. And we found them to be so much lighter on the stomach.

  • Archana

    November 3, 2020 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    Wow! Looking at your faarli series I want to start fasting! They look so beautiful and sound so very delicious. What an amazing snack for other days too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 3, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks Archana, and that is so true.. a relish treat even when not fasting. I made it a few days ago and its a light but filling light meal option.

  • Swati

    November 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    5 stars
    I love papdi chaat and when we can make it for when fasting nothing like it… papdi look so nice and crisp.. very nice for those who look for gluten-free papadi to enjoy chaats..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 4, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks Swati and so true, its a good gluten free option.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    November 7, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Farali papdi chaat looks super tempting one ! not only festive time, any day i can savor these. pomegranate arils are adding an amazingly irresistible look ..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 8, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita. And yes these farali papdi chaat make a good snack even on non fasting days.

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