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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A - Z Indian Street Foods ~ N for Nippat Masala / Nippattu Masala Chaat

Today is turn of 'N' in my alphabetical journey of Indian street food and I leaned towards another Bangalore special for it. It is nippat(u) masala and as the name suggests, nippattu is the star of this chaat dish. It is super crunchy, loaded with flavors. Nippattu aka chekkalu aka thattai is a traditional snack from the southern parts of India. It is basically a deep fried, crispy rice flour discs. For this particular  chaat, mini sized nippattu are needed. In case, if using the regular big sized nippattu, break each one into 3 or 4 pieces and proceed the same way. They should at least about flat poori size to hold the toppings. Feel free to use store bought nippattu as it makes the preparation of this chaat quite simple. Thanks to my husband, I always have a few bags of store bought nippattu at home and I used those here.

This recipe is quite flexible. Consider the quantities of ingredients mentioned below as guidelines and they can be increased or decreased to suit you. Let your palate be the right judge. Unlike the golgappa puris / flat pooris, this nippat base doesn't get soggy quickly. (Unless you leave it aside for an hour or so.) However keep the vegetables prepped so that you can assemble just before serving. (And if anyone is wondering why individual pieces of my nippat masala are not showing in pictures is because I had sprinkled toppings finally over the entire plate.)
Ingredients: (Yield 2 generous servings)
16 small or 4 big nippatu / thattai 
About 1/2 cup green chutney
About 1/2 cup sweet tamarind chutney
1 onion, finely minced

1 tomato, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled & grated

3 tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup fine sev *
1/2 cup congress kadalekayi **

1 cup puffed rice
Red chili powder to taste
Chaat masala to taste
Salt to taste 

* Sev - Crisply deep fried chickpea flour strands
** Any spicy peanuts can be substituted. I used microwaved spicy peanuts.

Method:
* Combine chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro and grated carrot in a mixing bowl and keep aside.
* Arrange small nippat equally on two serving plates. (If using the regular big sized nippattu, break each one into 3 or 4 pieces and proceed the same way.)
* Apply a tsp. of green chutney and a tsp. of sweet chutney on each nippat. (Increase or decrease the quantities of chutneys depending upon how much spice level is preferred.)
* Spoon about a tbsp. or more quantity of vegetable mixture over chutney smeared nippat pieces.
* Sprinkle a pinch of salt, red chili powder and chaat masala uniformly over the nippat. 
* Next top it with generous amount of sev and congress kadalekayi. Finally top it with a big handful of puffed rice. 
* Lift each nippat along with all the toppings and pop it into your mouth to savor the flavors.

So far, on this series,
A for Aloo Kabli
B for Bajra Vada
C for Chooda Matar
D for Dahi Batata Puri
E for Elaichi - Kesar Lassi
F for Fulwadi
G for Ghugni Chaat
H for Hare Chane Ki Chaat
I for Indori Garaadu Chaat
J for Jamun Bun
K for Khakra - Chana Bhel 
L for Locho
M for Masala Puri Chaat


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16 comments:

vaishali sabnani said...

I just read Manjula’s post on this street food .. what man ! You guys are making me drool ! I am loving this chat and absolutely understand why the individual pieces are not showing . That sole piece is killing , Suma this is one chat that is new for me , and I am just dying to make it .

Gayathri Kumar said...

This is a new chat for me. I love nippattu and I am sure with all those delicious toppings, it must taste fabulous..

Sandhiya said...

Wow, what a unique snack with thattai. I love the versatility of the dish, Suma. Sounds easily customizable and looks absolutely delicious. The pictures are very catchy and inviting too.

Harini R said...

Our very own nippattu given an exotic makeover? Awesome. Very colorful and tempting.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

Never knew about the nippatu masala chaat. I liked the idea of buying store bought nippatu. ;-) And that kadelekai is the highlight. ;-) Yummm missing those.

Priya Suresh said...

Wowwing here, just gone through Manju's nippatu bun and here you are with an another ultimate chaat, my mouth is just watering here. Cant resist to this incredible chaat.

Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner said...

Love anything with nippat and this is so delicious and yummy.. Please pass me that plate!!

Kalyani said...

U know what ? I had the same pick and when i went to make these , I found that all the nippatus had been nibbled away ! Lol 😂 this post takes me right into the heart of Bangalore esp the chat topped with kadalepuri.. yummmmm

Mayuri Patel said...

I'm wondering how come I've missed tasting this street food in Bangalore! Your preparation looks so colorful and tempting. Going to give it a try as I love all sorts of chaats. You've got to met me know where exactly I should got to Bangalore to enjoy this scrumptious street food..

Srivalli said...

Seriously this one is rocking Suma, I don't think I have read about this chat until today and I have two versions of this..I must make it and that congress kadalai sounds so sinful too..such lip smacking chat and I sure your hubby must have enjoyed it so much!

Pavani N said...

I’m literally drooling thinking of how good this chaat must have tasted. It looks so colorful, so crunchy and just yummy. Good one Suma.

Priya Srinivasan said...

Oh delicious Suma! I make so loving the nippatu base, with all the toppings and that chutney it is a flavor bomb in our mouth! I m definitely going to try this 😋

Manjula Bharath said...

What a coincidence, I made these too but your version with puffed rice looks so yummy and wonderful presentation .. The nippatu masala looks so tempting and I want to grab some right away !!

Sapana Behl said...

I once had the nippatu at a friend's house and we loved it. This is another sinful chat and with masala peanuts, it must have tasted just amazing.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Suma, I am going toinvite myself over to eat all the yummy chaat that you have made for this series. Each and every one is so unique and so tempting. My bookmark folder is filling up :)

Sapana Behl said...

I was just reading Manjula’s post and here you are posting this tempting chaat too. It’s literally making me drool. I would love to make it soon.