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Sep 13, 2006 12:18 AM

Papri Chaat on the Westside?

I have a craving for this Indian side dish which I call "Indian muesli."

The base is thin, milk-like yogurt. They throw in cooked chickpeas, tamarind sauce, deep fried strips of dough (like tortilla or samosa skin), cubes of potatoes, and some other things.

It's served very cold, and the combination of the different textures, sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness is just perfect.

Has anyone seen a good version around here?

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  1. They have it at Nawab on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. Cross street is about 19th. It looks so bad and tastes so good. I have been told that it is a traditional breakfast food in India.

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    1. re: Just Larry

      Thanks! So it really IS Indian muesli.

      1. re: Just Larry

        Papri chaat isn't a breakfast food, it's a snack in India. Any type of chaat (which basically means to lick, as in to savor) is a snack type food, often served street side.