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Papri chaat deliciousness at Chaat Cafe

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Papri chaat deliciousness at Chaat Cafe

nooodles | May 2, 2006 10:36 PM

Stopped by the Chaat Cafe on 3rd/Folsom today and had papri chaat for the first time and now have a new favorite hot weather treat. A bowl of yogurt, potato batons, garbanzo beans, tamarind sauce, powdered spice mix, and crunchy broken chips of deep fried dough. The crunch pieces tasted like like deep fried wonton skins, and were in fact probably deep fried samosa skins. I've also been told Indians use tortillas at home. It sounds like a bizarre combination, but the contrasts of soft versus crunchy, savory versus sweet, and mild versus spicy were pleasingly surprising. It was soothing and cool on a hot day. My only negative reaction to it was that it tasted like eating breakfast. Papri Chaat, I dub thee Indian muesli! Don't order it if you don't like plain yogurt and granola-type combinations.

People recommend Chaat Cafe a lot as a good neighborhood spot but seldom actually say what the stand out dishes are. Is this because everything's pretty good but nothing stands out? I definitely thought the papri chaat stood out, and the samosas were good but not exceptional. What else is good at Chaat Cafe?

Where else can I get good papri chaat?

Link: http://www.chezpei.com/2006/05/chaat-...

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