Friday, April 23, 2010

Dahi Alu Puri - Indian Fast Food

This Chaat is also a favourite fast food among most Indians. It is also known as Dahi-Batata-Puri. "Dahi" meaning curds & “Alu “ ( in Hindi) and “Batata” (in Marathi) meaning potato. In most of the chaats, all the ingredients have to be prepared well in advance and just before eating, they need to be mixed & served in a specific order. The final product not only looks attractive, but the sweet, tangy & spicy taste makes it a very mouth watering snack. It is a hit at all parties.

Dahi Alu Puri

Ingredients for Imli chatni

Imli /Tamarind

100 gms

Dates /Jaggery

100 gms

Corriander seeds

3-4 tsps

Cummin seeds

1 tsp

Red Chilies

3 or as per taste

Green chilies

3 or as per taste


1” piece

Corrainder leaves *

A small bunch


A cupful of leaves


as per taste

Method :

  1. De-seed the tamarind and dates.
  2. Clean and wash mint and coriander leaves.
  3. Grind (1) and (2) along with all the other ingredients to a smooth thick paste.
  4. *Keep a few coriander leaves for garnishing.

You will also need the following :


1 pkt

Potato (boiled peeled and mashed)


Boiled green gram or white peas (vataana)


Curd Chatni :

Whip a small bowl of curd and to it add salt and jeera powder.

For Garnishing :

Red Chilly powder 1 tsp

Chopped coriander leaves 1 tbsp

How to serve :

  • Place about six puris in a plate .
  • Crush only the top portion (as in Paani puri. - You can refer this to my earlier post for details.) and stuff each puri with the mashed potato or boiled green gram or both.
  • Top each stuffings with 1 or 2 tsps of imli (tamarind) chatni.
  • Then add the curd chutney (1-2 tbsps) over each puri.
  • Finally garnish with red chilly powder & chopped coriander leaves.

Serves : 4 to 5 persons

Note :

Imli chutney when refrigerated lasts for a week or so.

It is also available in super markets. I generally use “Fun Foods” Imli chutney.


  1. One of my readers requested me for the Puri (for Chaat) recipe.

    Hi.. Shobha..

    How can we prepare the " PURI" at home...?


    I thought I will post the recipe here for the benefit of all those who are interested.

    "Puri" (for Chaat) recipe

    Ingredients :

    Semolina (fine one) - 2 small cups
    Wheat flour - 1/2 cup
    salt - to taste
    Water - 1 cup

    Method :
    In a bowl, add semolina, wheat flour and salt. Mix well and add water a little at a time and knead it into tight dough. Wrap the dough in a clean and wet muslin cloth and keep it covered for about six hours. It then becomes softer.
    Make balls of the dough and roll them into thin chappatis and cut out small circles (you can use any small tin lid).
    Deep fry them in oil over a medium flame till puffed up and golden. Allow it to cool and harden and then store in an air-tight container.

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