Chaat Primer

Mumbai chaat

Drew Lazor finds out what chaat is at Desi Chaat House in West Philadelphia.

Visually, chaat is something like taco dip that believes in dharma, with multiple layers representing multiple textures. Start with the classic papri chaat, papri (hyper-crunchy white-flour wafers, not unlike fried wonton wrappers) studded with spiced potatoes, chickpeas, big hunks of raw red onion, cilantro, a thin, cooling yogurt and cubed mango that adds a smirking sweetness.

Pop It Like It’s Chaat [City Paper]
Desi Chaat House [Official Site]