A little background to give you an idea of what chaat is. It’s a very famous savoury/spicy/tangy snack originating from Southeast Asia made with chickpeas, yoghurt, and various different condiments.
Mirchili is our go-to place for chaat, chatnis and chatorapan (Other than Saleem Pani Puri and Chatkharay of course but that requires a separate review). This review is for their IBL Building Center branch at Shahra-e-Faisal, Karachi and this is NOT a sponsored post.
Our usual order includes Gappa Gotala, Sev Puri, Dossa, Chaat and Limca. Although their most popular serving is definitely Gappa Gottala and I do really like it but my favourites at Mirchili are their Dossa and Sev Puri, while Saad absolutely loves Gappa Gotala and Limca which is basically your regular white soda or white cold drink mixed with lemon juice and spices…yes…we put spices in beverages also =P.
You would love Gappa Gottala if you love Gol Gappas and Chaat. If you have never tried Gappa Gotala before then I suggest you should :). It’s like any Gol Gappa + Chaat lovers’ dream come true. As you can see in the photo, it’s basically this huge Gol Gappa loaded with ingredients like chickpeas, chatnis, onions. There are only two words to describe it: delicious desiness! Yum!
Coming down to reviewing their dossa, in all honesty, the first time I tried a dossa was by that Dossa Auntie at Boat Basin who used to sell them out of a van (I wonder where she is now). I was a kid back then and loved the idea but wasn’t too fond of the dossa itself. But…the Khaas Dossa at Mirchili is absolutely delicious. They have other variants as well but I only end up ordering this one every time we go because I enjoy it that much.
As you may be able to tell by the photo, it’s super crispy on the outside and has chicken filling inside. Although, dossa is a vegetarian dish as far as I know, but Mirchili has created a food fusion to suit Pakistani taste buds. The dossa comes with two chutneys out of which the coconut chutney has grown on me over time and actually enjoy it occasionally with the dossa.
The dish on the right is sev puri and it has “seved” the day so many times for me. It’s amazing how such a simple snack has the ability to lift the mood and make everything better. It’s another type of chaat just with a few different ingredients.
In terms of the pricing, it might seem a bit high compared to a roadside chaat place but keeping hygiene, serving size, service and ambience in mind, I think it’s reasonably priced.
All in all, I’ll give Mirchili 4.5 out of 5 and highly recommend it to anyone who’s into chaats and chatpattay foods!
All this chaat chat is making me crave chaat right now! I’m so going to Mirchili tomorrow to satiate my craving for the ever popular chaat!
Have you ever tried these dishes before or would try them in the future? Do let me know in the comments below! ^_^