Dahi puri or dahi poori is a delicious Maharashtrian snack which is a type of chaat and is available in small road side stalls as well as restaurants. This cold chaat is very refreshing and full of flavor.
History of Dahi Puri
Dahi puri originated from Mumbai. It started as a roadside snack but gradually became available in snack bars and restaurants also. This chaat is sweet and tangy in taste and a variety of fresh ingredients are used to enhance its flavor. Dahi puri recipe does not mention any cooking and thus it can be prepared within minutes. At present it is a very popular chaat and is found almost everywhere in India.
Ingredients Used and Popular Methods of Preparation of Dahi Puri
Though it is easy to make this dish requires certain special ingredients. The main ingredients of dahi puri are golgappas and dahi (or curd). Apart from these the filling of the golgappas are usually done with potatoes. Tomatoes, onions, green chillies, coriander leaves, green moong, sweet tamarind chutney, green chutney and spices like salt, red chilli powder are the other ingredients required for dahi puri.
Dahi puri recipe is very simple and easy to follow. The golgappas are stuffed with potatoes and other raw ingredients. It is then generously covered with sweet curd and garnished with the favoured toppings.
Serving and Eating Dahi Poori
This flavorful snack is usually served on a plate. The puris are assembled first and then topped with curd and garnishes. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is not only a great snack when going out with friends but also a relished starter in weddings and parties. It is very popular in an informal social get togethers also.
Types of Dahi Puri
- In Maharashtra, onion and garlic are added to this chaat. Also green moong is an important ingredient suggested by the dahi puri recipe. The potatoes used in the golgappas are cut into small pieces and used for stuffing. The other ingredients are put on top of one another and form separate layers.
- In West Bengal onion and garlic is never added to this snack. Instead Bengalis add crushed roasted cumin and chilli powder to enhance the flavour.
- Punjabis add ginger and their dahi puri is very spicy in taste.
Health and Nutrition Facts of Dahi Puri
It is a very healthy Indian snack as boiled and raw vegetables along with curd are used in this dish. The nutritional value increases with the addition of sprouts. This chaat can be enjoyed by everyone and has no side effects.