What you’re getting: Dahi Sev Puri
If you’re in India and you’re going to meet up with some friends for a quick bite, you visit one of the many “chaat” houses in town. If you’re in Artesia, you come here, where a steaming up of masala chai (sweetened or unsweetened... so, unsweetened) or Indian-style filter coffee accompanies a cornucopia of “chaat” or snacks.
The chaat include everything from potato croquettes in a split-pea curry (Ragda Pattis) to the Dahi Sev Puri, which stuffs tiny deep-fried wheat pillows with green mung beans, potato, and black chickpeas, drizzles them all with sweet mint and tamarind chutneys, then tops the whole thing off with a dollop of cool, creamy yogurt and a pinch of deep-fried chickpea strings. The combo of cool, hot, creamy, and crunchy is addictive/kinda the best thing ever.