Dahi Puri is a beloved Indian street food that combines crispy, hollow puris filled with a delightful mixture of yogurt, chutneys, and spices. This dish is a burst of flavors and textures in every bite, making it a popular choice for snack time or as an appetizer at parties. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through making the perfect Dahi Puri at home.
For Assembling Dahi Puri:
- 20-25 puris (hollow, crispy, round shells)
- 1 cup of plain yogurt (curd), well beaten
- 1 cup of boiled and mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup of boiled and cooked chickpeas
- 1/2 cup of boiled and diced onions
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of sweet tamarind chutney
- 1/4 cup of green chutney (made with mint and coriander)
- 1/4 cup of sev (crispy gram flour noodles)
- A pinch of red chili powder (for garnish)
- A pinch of roasted cumin powder
- Fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish
- Salt to taste
For the Sweet Tamarind Chutney:
- 1/2 cup of tamarind pulp
- 1/2 cup of dates, deseeded
- 1/2 cup of jaggery or sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder
- Salt to taste
For the Green Chutney:
- 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup of fresh coriander leaves
- 1-2 green chilies (adjust to your spice preference)
- 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of black salt (kala namak)
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
- Water, as needed
- Salt to taste
1. Preparing the Sweet Tamarind Chutney:
- In a saucepan, combine tamarind pulp, dates, jaggery or sugar, cumin powder, red chili powder, and salt.
- Add water as needed and simmer until the mixture thickens and the dates soften.
- Let it cool and then blend it into a smooth chutney. Set it aside.
2. Preparing the Green Chutney:
- In a blender, combine fresh mint leaves, fresh coriander leaves, green chilies, cumin seeds, black salt, lemon juice, and water.
- Blend into a smooth chutney. Adjust the consistency with more water if needed, and add salt to taste.
3. Assembling the Dahi Puri:
- Gently crack the top of each puri to create an opening.
- Fill each puri with a spoonful of mashed potatoes, boiled chickpeas, diced onions, and chopped tomatoes.
- Top with a generous spoonful of beaten yogurt.
4. Adding Chutneys:
- Drizzle sweet tamarind chutney and green chutney over the puris.
- Sprinkle roasted cumin powder and a pinch of red chili powder.
- Garnish with sev (crispy gram flour noodles) and fresh cilantro (coriander leaves).
- Serve your Dahi Puri immediately and enjoy the burst of flavors with every bite.
Dahi Puri is a delightful Indian street food that’s loved for its combination of textures and flavors. It’s a perfect snack or appetizer that’s sure to satisfy your craving for something savory and tangy.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
1. Where can I find puris for Dahi Puri?
- You can find puris at Indian grocery stores or use pre-made mini pastry shells as an alternative.
2. Can I make the chutneys in advance?
- Yes, you can prepare the sweet tamarind chutney and green chutney in advance and store them in the refrigerator.
3. How spicy is Dahi Puri?
- Dahi Puri is mildly spicy, but you can adjust the spice level by varying the green chutney and red chili powder.
4. Can I customize the filling for Dahi Puri?
- Yes, you can add other ingredients like sprouted mung beans, boondi, or pomegranate seeds for variety.
5. Is Dahi Puri a vegetarian dish?
- Yes, Dahi Puri is a vegetarian dish, and you can make it vegan by using dairy-free yogurt.