A popular Mumbai street food, Sev Puri is a sweet, spicy and tangy chaat. Sev Puri is made with crispy puri (whole wheat crackers) topped with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and a variety of chutneys, and finished with sev (thin gram flour noodles). This no-cook chaat recipe is a favorite snack to enjoy with your evening tea!

Sev puri street chaat in a white plate with chutneys spread around
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Sev Puri is also known as “Batata Puri” or “Sev Batata Puri“. The word “Batata” in Marathi means potato.

Sev Puri takes me back to some fond memories of childhood. Growing up, Sev Puri used to be a go-to street snack. I would get 5 rupees (yes, it was that cheap) from mom, and go to the street vendor who came near our home every evening to buy Sev Puri. They would pack it in a newspaper, and it was the most delicious snack to enjoy. I am sure many of you who grew up in Mumbai might have had this same experience.

Now I make this sev puri often, as it is so easy to assemble once you have the chutneys ready. I always keep tamarind chutney and cilantro chutney ready in my refrigerator, so any chaat dishes become an easy fix.

Here are other favorite chaat and snack recipes that you might enjoy – Dahi Papdi ChaatMumbai Vada Pav, Dahi Bhalla and Kala Chana Chaat.

Watch How to Make Sev Puri

What is Chaat?

Typically served as hors d’oeuvre, Indian Chaat is a sweet, savory, tangy and spicy snack.  In India, it is more than a snack, it serves as a cultural identity. Chaat is a symphony of exotic flavors and tangy spices with a distinctive crunch. It is an anytime snack and is the best way to satisfy your cravings.

Sev Puri is native to the streets of  Mumbai and is a very famous snack. Loaded with boiled spiced potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and sweet, spicy, tangy chutneys, and heaps of sev, this Sev Puri is a medley of flavors you will love.

Traditionally the Sev puri has three main ingredients:

  • Fried puri’s – also called papdi, these are flat whole wheat crackers (not the puffed ones used for pan puri)
  • Boiled potato 
  • Sev – thin gram flour noodles
  • Chutneys

While the puri gives a delicious crunch, these chutneys add mouthwatering flavors to the Sev Batata Puri.

What chutneys are needed for making this Sev Puri?

Green Mint Cilantro Chutney It is chutney prepared with fresh mint leaves, coriander, lemon juice, and salt.

Red Garlic Chutney – This is a spicy chutney made with red chilies and garlic. You can increase or decrease the number of chilies according to your spice preference.

Sweet Tamarind Chutney This chutney combines the taste of sweet and tangy. The sweetness of dates and tanginess of the tamarind, along with jaggery, makes it a must addition for Sev Puri.

I prep these chutneys beforehand over the weekend with my usual meal prep. The recipes for each is at the link above.

Also, buy the puri’s and sev from the Indian grocery store. Then assembling the Sev Puri is very quick and easy.

How to make Sev Puri Chaat at home?

Once you have all the ingredients ready, making Sev Batata Puri is really easy.

Pre-Preparation

  • Make the chutneys a day before and store them in the refrigerator.
  • Boil potatoes. Let them cool, then peel and mash them. I usually mash the potatoes with my fingers. If you like, you can add some salt and mild chilli powder to the mashed potatoes.
  • Chop onions, tomatoes and cilantro. You can also add some green chilli for a spicy zing. (Note: Cilantro is typically called coriander in India)
  • Have the pomegranate seeds ready if using.
  • Keep all the ingredients including the potatoes, onions, tomatoes along with the chutneys, nylon sev and chaat masala ready.

Assembling the Sev Puri

  • Place 7 puri’s on a plate.
  • Take boiled potato and place a little of them on each puri.
  • Then, top with the chopped onions and tomatoes.
Puri on a plate with onions, potato, tomato and chutneys around it.
Onion and potato topped on puri
Boiled mashed Potato topped on puri
Potato, onion and tomato topped on puri
  • Then sprinkle some chaat masala over the puri.
  • Top the puri with red chutney, green chutney, and sweet chutney in that order.
Red garlic chutney added on top of puri along with onions, tomato, etc
Tamarind chutney topped on sev puri
Green chutney topped on puri
Sev puri garnished with pomegranate and cilantro in a black plate.
  • Add the nylon sev generously on top of the each puri.
  • Then finish off the process by topping the sev of with some cilantro leaves and pomegranate seeds.
Sev puri garnished with cilantro and pomegranate seeds on a white plate

Tips to make the best Mumbai Sev Puri

  • Homemade chutneys add fresh flavors than store-bought ones. You can make them beforehand and store them in the refrigerator.
  • Ensure you have all the ingredients ready before assembling the sev puri as the chutneys can turn the puri soggy.
  • Consume the prepared puri immediately to enjoy all the flavors of this mouthwatering Sev puri.
Closeup of a sev puri with a whole filled plate in the background

You can try another variation of this Sev Puri by adding a little bit of Dahi to the puri – Dahi Sev Puri. It becomes a whole new dish with awesome flavors.

You add more flavor and make it healthier by adding chopped mango or steamed moong sprouts.

I recently served this Sev Puri when some friends came for evening snacks. I ended up making 4 batches of 20 puri each, way more than I had expected. So be ready with a bag full of Puri’s if you are making this Sev Puri 🙂

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Easy Sev Puri Recipe

A popular Mumbai street food, Sev Puri is a sweet, spicy and tangy chaat. Sev Puri is made with crispy puri (whole wheat crackers) topped with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and a variety of chutneys, and finished with sev (thin gram flour noodles). This no-cook chaat recipe is a favorite snack to enjoy with your evening tea!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 14 Puri, flat crisp papdi
  • 1 Potato, medium, boiled, peeled and chopped/mashed, mixed with salt and chili powder to taste
  • 1 Onion , medium, finely diced
  • 1 Tomato , medium, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chaat Masala
  • 3 tablespoon Red Garlic Chutney
  • 3 tablespoon Mint Cilantro Chutney
  • 1/4 cup Tamarind Chutney
  • 1/2 cup Nylon sev, thin
  • 2 tablespoon Cilantro leaves , chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Pomegranate seeds , optional

Instructions 

  • Keep all the ingredients ready before starting to make sev puri. Have boiled potatoes, onion and tomato. Also keep all three chutneys, sev and chaat masala on the counter.
  • Place 7 puri's spread out on a plate.
  • Crumble the boiled potato and place some on each of the puri.
  • Top with some chopped onions and then with chopped tomato.
  • Sprinkle a quarter teaspoon chaat masala on top.
  • Top with 1-2 drops of red garlic chutney, then with green mint cilantro chutney.
  • Top with a teaspoon of tamarind chutney on each puri.
  • Then top with sev on each puri.
  • Then garnish with cilantro leaves and pomegranate seeds.
  • Serve sev puri immediately. Make another serving following the same steps.

Video

Notes

Tips to make and enjoy Sev Puri:
  • Homemade chutneys add fresh flavors than store-bought ones. You can make them beforehand and store them in the refrigerator.
  • Make sure you have all the ingredients ready before starting to assemble the sev puri as the chutneys can turn the puri soggy.
  • Consume the prepared puri immediately to enjoy all the flavors of this mouthwatering Sev puri.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1279mgPotassium: 701mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 580IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 4mg

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Nut-free, Vegan
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I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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