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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Kutchi Dabeli / Indian Street Food

Kutchi Dabeli is a famous street food of India, originating in the Kutch region of Gujarat and dabeli means pressed in Gujrati language, hence the name. It is spicy snack made by mixing boiled potatoes with a dabeli masala and putting the mixture between pav (burger bun) and served with chutneys made from tamarind, date, garlic, red chilies, and garnished with pomegranate and roasted peanuts.
Source: Wikipedia

This is a lip smacking and irresistible snack is easily available in most cities of India at a very affordable price . I would have never thought of making this dish at home if i was in India. I had made this dish at home from scratch(home made Dabeli masala, Sev , Chutneys and even Pav) when i was in Penang :)

If chutneys are prepared in advanced , making this yummy snack at home is not at all difficult. It is loved by all age groups and can be served at kitty parities, kids get together or any such gatherings or just like an evening snack to satisfy ones spicy tangy cravings !!

Ingredients: Makes 6 dabelis
For Dabeli Masala:
  • 2-3 Red Chilies
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp  Fennel Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Hing/ Asafoetida powder
  • 1/4 tsp Aamchur powder / dry Mango powder
  • 4-5 black Peppercorns 
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 inch piece of Cinnamon/ Dalchini
  • 1 Star Anise

   For Masala Peanuts:
  • 1/4 Cup roasted Peanuts
  • 1 tsp red Chili powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste   
For  Potato Filling:
  •  4-5 Potatoes(boiled, peeled and mashed)
  •  2 tsp Dabeli masala
  •  2 tsp Dates and Tamarind Chutney
  •  2 tbsp Oil
  •  2-3 tbsp masala Peanuts
  •  2-3 tbsp Pomegranate seeds
  •  2-3 tbsp Nylon Sev
  •  1/4 Cup fresh scrapped Coconut
  •  1 medium Onion finely chopped
  •  2-3 tbsp finely chopped fresh Coriander leaves
  •  Salt
  For serving:
  •  6 Bun Pavs
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate seeds 
  • 1/4 cup Nylon Sev
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Masala Peanuts as per need
  • Dates and Tamarind Chutney as per need
  • Green chutney as per need.
For Dabeli Masala
  • Dry roast all the ingredients listed under Dabeli Masala except the hing powder and Amchur powder individually and grind it to a powder using a grinder. Add the hing powder and amchur powder to the powder and mix well.  Can store this dabeli masala in air tight container in fridge for further use or use it in other curries.

For Masala Peanuts:
  • Toss the roasted peanuts with red chili powder, salt and Sugar . Add lemon juice and mix well. Keep aside.  

For Potato Filling:
  1. In a frying pan heat up oil on medium flame and add the Dabeli Masala and Dates and Tamarind chutney to it. Stir fry for a minute or so and then add the boiled mashed potatoes to it. Mix well . Add salt and cook the mixture for 1-2 minutes and put off the flame. 

   2.  Let the mixture cool down and then spread it on a plate. Layer it with chopped onions, scrapped coconut, sev, pomegranate seeds , masala peanuts and chopped coriander leaves. Filling is ready.

  For Serving:
  1. Slice the bun pav from between such that the two parts do not separate out completely. You can either roast the bun on a heated skillet with some butter before stuffing. I have done it afterwards. Apply the dates tamarind chutney on one part and the green chutney on the other.

   2.  Put enough potato filling on the bottom side of the bun. Top it with more coriander, peanuts, pomegranate seeds and sev. Close the bun. Repeat the same for rest of the buns.

  3.  Heat up a skillet or tava and melt some butter on it. Lightly roast the buns on it from both the sides.

  4.  Enjoy the delicious Kuchi Dabeli with your family and friends !!


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  1. Replies
    1. Glad that you liked it Parul Singhal . Happy Cooking !

  2. Looks yummy. Will surely try this. Thanks Poonam. Keep it up!!

  3. Thanks Sheetal for your positive feed back. Do try out and let me know how it turned out for you. Happy Cooking !!

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