Papdi Nachos

An Indian Mexican Snack Medley

We love contemporary Mexican vegetarian food. Mexican cuisine that is popular in the United States, especially on the West Coast is like our alternative comfort cuisine. There is something comforting about the flavors, something very familiar and at the same time something very unique. It is a beautiful blend of hot and cold ingredients, very similar to our native cuisine.

So it is natural that even the children took to it like fish to water. For a vegetarian, it easily covers all the requirements of a complete meal – carbohydrates, protein, fiber and good fats. A burrito bowl or a tortilla soup or an enchilada casserole or even the loaded nachos! And to top it all, the creamy guacamole that packs so much nutritional value ,it is considered a superfood ! We love it ! Pyramid or not !

Recently the children have taken to the Indian Chaat aka epitome of delicious street food in India. Again, the magic that unfolds when you combine crispy crunchy ingredients with spicy tangy sweet chutneys……ooh la la …..it is food haven. The apples didn’t fall far from this tree for once !!

So for snack, on a hot sunny afternoon, we decided to combine these two because we were short on a few ingredients for a loaded nacho and a papdi chaat. Ta-dah ! that gave us the idea to make Papdi Nachos…..it was a super-hit….a blockbuster……a keeper recipe! Inspiration for this came from watching Padmalakshmi and Madhur Jaffrey cook together on Taste The Nation on Hulu…….the episode on Indian American food will remain close to my heart 💜 ! It was a reminder of why I started to chronicle my food tales and recipes for my children ❤️!

Notes :

  • The kids ate it with a generous drizzle of sour cream and nacho sauce. We skipped both. Totally works.
  • We also crushed just 4-5 papdis and added it to our bowl of black bean salsa, thusly making it a bean salad.
  • We sprinkled extra chaat masala and cayenne in ours for that kick one gets when eating chaat.
  • Which means, this dish is totally customizable!
  • I used store bought papdi from the Indian Grocery store and also a store bought Nacho cheese sauce.
  • You can use 2 cans of black beans, I soaked and cooked my own. Or use any bean of choice.
  • Use tortilla chips or any multigrain crackers or chips instead of papdi.
Prep Time : 20 minutesEase level : 😃
Spice level : 🌶🌶Serves 4-6
Ingredients : may seem like a lot, but easy to put together !
  • Cooked Black beans – 2.5 cups
  • Papdi – 1 lb pack
  • Cucumber – chopped – 1.5 cups
  • Sweet corn – steamed – 1.5 cups
  • Tomatoes – chopped – 1 cup (I had only 1/4 cup left from lunch)
  • Red Onion – chopped – 1/4 cup or more if you like
  • Lime – 1/2
  • Cilantro – chopped – a handful
  • Salt to taste
  • Taco seasoning – 1 teaspoon
  • Paprika – 1/2 teaspoon – optional
  • Crushed black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chaat Masala – 1 teaspoon – optional
  • Cane Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon – optional
Chop and keep ready all the ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, add all the vegetables and the black beans
Next add the dry spice powders
Squeeze the juice from half a lime over it
Toss well to mix thoroughly and incorporate the spices.
Arrange papdis on a plate, scoop a teaspoon of the bean salsa, 1/4 teaspoon sour cream and 1/4 teaspoon nacho cheese sauce over it. Garnish with cilantro if desired.
Serve immediately so that the papdis do not get soggy.

Make it your own and enjoy !! You can even add shredded cheese and melt it in the oven for 5 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, I am yet to try this with papdis, usually do that with tortilla chips, will update when I try it.

Hope you try this one and do leave me a feedback when you do, thank you for stopping by.

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