I myself am drooling looking at this picture, when I have just hogged on a plate full of these! Dahi Ragda Puri is one of the popular street food items in Bombay (Now Mumbai, but I still prefer to address my city with its original name). If you ever visit my city, you will be amazed at the variety of street food snacks you can get there. Every street, every corner will have vendors by the street making a delicious snack for the passersby. You will find Bombay Special Vada Pav, Vegetable Frankie, Masala Dosa, Samosa made with leftovers, Masala Toast, Ragda Pattice, Sukha bhel are just some of the items that I have featured on my blog. The list is still very long. Let me break up the name for you. Dahi means yogurt, Ragda means white vatana/beans and puri is a crispy deep-fried snack made with flour.
While we were growing up, there was this Bhelpuri stall in the prime area of our market. My parents would take us there nearly every Sunday for a treat. I still remember my dad telling us to order whatever we wanted. But all 4 of us would always order the same thing. My dad would order for Ragda Pattice, mom would ask for Bhel Puri, my brother would want Sev Puri and I would order Dahi Ragda Puri. After this, we would order a plate of Pani Puri to share amongst 4 of us. Although I would love everything served there, but my favorite has always been Dahi Ragda Puri while Ragda Pattice comes a close second. There was an old book store next to this stall and on way back home, we would always stop there to pick up some books for us. My parents have always encouraged us to read for which i am very thankful to them. Such childhood memories are truly golden. You don’t realize it back then that you are creating priceless memories of a lifetime!
All these snacks that I mentioned above are known as Chaat. The chaatwalas (Chefs) use great skill and extreme precision while preparing the chaat. It is really a sight to watch them do it. Truly one of the best culinary creations. Did you know there is a street called Khau Galli (Food street) in few corners of Bombay where you get the world’s best chaat. The aroma entices you even if you are miles away. Also you cannot leave after having just one plate of chaat. You have to have more. That is the rule of thumb. Plus you will eventually crave for more. Its lip-smacking delicious!
Making Dahi Ragda Puri is very easy. It is bringing together an assortment of different ingredients to make a colorful plate of spices and chutney. Prepare the ragda first. Boil the white vatana with salt and turmeric powder. Let it cool. In a pan, saute green chillies, asafoetida and ginger. Pour the ragda/vatana into the pan and slightly mash the mixture. Set it aside. Punch a hole in the puri. Fill it with ragda, onions and tomato.
Next add the spicy chutney, sweet chutney (Boil tamarind, seedless dates, and jaggery together, grind it to a smooth chutney and strain the mixture), beaten curd and sev. Sprinkle chaat masala on top. You can add cilantro as well for garnish.
That is it, look no further..pick one up immediately and gobble it up.
This is a fun snack for parties or as between meal snacks. Trust me, you will enjoy this crunchy snack anytime and every time.
Dahi Ragda Puri
- For the sweet chutney
- 1 cup jaggery
- 1 cup seedless dates
- 1 small ball of tamarind
- For the Dahi Ragda Puri
- 1 packet plain puri
- Thin sev as required
- Beaten curd as required
- Sweet chuteny as required
- Spicy chutney as required
- Chaat Masala
- Cilantro optional
- For the ragda
- 1 cup white vatana
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
Prepare the ragda first. Boil the white vatana with salt and turmeric powder. Let it cool. In a pan, saute green chillies, asafoetida and ginger. Pour the ragda/vatana into the pan and slightly mash the mixture. Set it aside. Punch a hole in the puri. Fill it with ragda, onions and tomato.
Next add the spicy chutney, sweet chutney (Boil tamarind, dates and jaggery together, grind it to a smooth chutney and strain the mixture), beaten curd and sev. Sprinkle chaat masala on top. You can add cilantro as well for garnish.
We had been to a friend’s place for Pani Puri and Vada Pav. She had some leftover puris which she gave me. So I decided to make Dahi Ragda Puri for lunch. It was an absolute delight to eat this. After eating this, nostalgia kicked me hard and I had to make a couple of midnight phone calls to my friends to get over it. Food when mixed with strong memories, make a deadly combo!
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