Paleo ‘Sev Puri’ (Indian Snack)
This recipe is so special and takes me back to the lanes and bylanes of Mumbai where street vendors sold chaat (spicy and savory snacks) out of their small carts. I don’t think there’s any Indian who doesn’t like chaat, its almost something no one can resist. I can never say no to chaat!
Chaat consists of bunch of recipes modified to include an assortment of ingredients, Sev Puri being my all time favorite. Traditionally its made of deep fried, crispy flour crackers topped with boiled potatoes, sweet and spicy chutney’s.
There are several versions of chaat in different parts of the India and they blend in local flavors. My fondest childhood memories include visiting my maternal grand parents in Bangalore (South India) during summer break. This recipe is inspired by the extremely spicy tomato puri I ate in Bangalore every summer.
The fried flour crackers are replaced with simple tomato slices.
I substituted the traditional boiled potato topping with these ingredients (sweet potato, carrot, onion, cucumber, cilantro). These vegetables add so much color and nutritional diversity to the dish.
The other great think about this recipe is that it use fresh whole foods. The vegetables are finely chopped, mixed and topped by the spoonful on the tomato slices.
Here’s where the magic begins, the two flavorful chutney’s! First the spicy cilantro followed by the sweet and sour chutney.
Trust me, try this version of the most famous Mumbai street food and you will not regret it. This version of chaat might sound compromising but it tastes so so so good!
And…sometimes when you feel like cheating (Yes I’m human too…), treat yourself and top it with some sev 🙂
- 1 Medium Size Ripe Tomato
- 3 Tbsp Small Cubes of Boiled Sweet Potato
- 2 Tbsp Grated Carrot
- 2 Tbsp Finely Chopped Red Onion
- 2 Tbsp Finely Chopped Cilantro
- 2 Tbsp Finely Chopped Cucumber
- 1/4 Tsp Rock Salt
- 1/4 Tsp Cumin Powder
- 2 Tbsp Spicy Cilantro Dip
- 2 Tbsp Sweet and Sour Dip
- 1Tbsp Lime Juice
- Cut the tomato into even slices and lay these flat on a plate.
- Mix all the ingredients for the topping and place by the spoonful on the tomato slices.
- Evenly distribute the spicy cilantro and sweet and sour dips on the tomato slices.
- Top with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Serve immediately, this dish can't be saved for later.