Thursday, September 20, 2018

Posted by Mala at 12:00:00 AM No comments
"Dabeli"...a very famous street food, originating from Kutch, Gujarat means "pressed" in Gujarati language.
 Spicy potato mixture is stuffed in between 2 buns or 2 pav buns, some chopped onions and pomegranates are strewn on top, some red garlic chutney and sweet chutney smeared, and some masala peanuts topped, and grilled slightly on tava.
Home made Dabeli masala powder has been used here.


For the Dabeli masala

Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
Cumin/jeera - 3/4 tsp
Fennel/saunf - 3/4 tsp
Clove - 2
Pepper - 3/4 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Star anise - 1 1/2
Bay leaves - 2
Dry kopra - 2 tbsps
Red chillies - 3-4
Sesame seeds - 3/4 tsp

After dry roasting, and little bit cooling, powder it nicely in a blender, then mix in

Black slat - 3/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 2 tbsps
Oil - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 3/4 tsp

The dabeli masala powder

Buns - 20
Boiled potatoes - 8-9, mashed
Sweet chutney - 2 tbsps
Onion - 1, finely chopped
Pomegranate arils - 2 cups
Masala peanuts - 11/2 cups (store bought). If masala peanuts are not available, roasted and salted peanuts can be used.
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Fine sev , as needed (store bought)
Ghee as needed to toast the buns
Red garlic chutney and sweet chutney as needed to spread over the buns

To season

Oil - 3 tsps
Jeera/cumin - 1 tsp

Recipe cuisine: North Indian; Category: Chat/snack/starter
Prep time: 30 mts; Cooking time: 2 mts for each bun
Recipe source: Tarla dalal

Jeera seasoned in oil

Boiled, mashed  potatoes added and 2-3 tbsps of dabeli masala added

mixed well

Sweet chutney added

Switched off, and since my pan was a shallow one, I let it set flatly on the pan itself. Then spread the chopped onions over it

Then spread the pomegranate arils

then top the masala peanuts

Then the finely chopped coriander leaves

Spread red garlic chutney on one side of the bun and the sweet chutney on the other side

Tightly pack the stuffing on one side

Add some more pomegranates, masala peanuts and sev

Buns, filled, waiting to be closed by another half 

Toast both sides with desi ghee

Dab some more sev on the sides

Serve the tasty Dabelis!!

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* Dabeli masala powder can be refrigerated and stored for months.
* Spicy red chutney and sweet chutney can also be stored in the fridge.


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