Monday, January 18, 2016

Bhel Puri

Bhel puri is comprised of a combination of papdi/puri, puffed rice/mamra, sev, onions, potatoes, raw mangoes and an assortment of chutneys. The proportions of the chutneys may be adjusted per your personal taste ranging from spicy to sweet. Bhel puri is the most commonly sold street food and chaat in Mumbai. Every street has its own bhelwala and each bhelwala has their own twist on the dish. With this recipe, bring home that same magical taste. In my family and among my relatives, just about everyone likes all kinds of street chaat, whether it is bhel puri, sev puri, golden bhel, dahi batata puri and pani puri. I’m sure to have each every time I visit Mumbai.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serving:  4

  • 8 cups of puffed rice (kurmura, mamra)
  • 1-1/2 cup sev (store bought)
  • 15 to 20 puris/ papdis (store bought)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup boiled potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon Garlic Chutney (Add water to turn the chutney into liquid form)
  • 1/2 cup Date and Tamarind Chutney
  • 1/2 cup Golden Bhel Chutney (Add water to turn the chutney into liquid form)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon black salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons shredded raw mango
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate kernels
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh green coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  1. Combine the puffed rice, onion, potatoes, peanuts, sev and black salt in a bowl and toss well to mix.
  2. Add the crushed puris and mix again.
  3. Add all three chutneys, to taste, pomegranate kernels, shredded mangoes and lemon juice. Mix well.
  4. Garnish with coriander leaves and more sev and shredded mango.
  5. Serve immediately with additional puri and dry golden chutney.

        Make the chutneys in advance (one day ahead or you can make on same day)

        Monday, January 11, 2016

        Sev Batata Puri

        Sev Batata Puri is another popular roadside dish like bhel puri and pani puri. It makes a perfect party appetizer as it only requires last minute assembly. The sev and puri can be bought at any Indian grocery store. The mix of ingredients and chutney assortments make this dish simply irresistible!

        Prep time: 25 minutes
        Cooking time: 10 minutes
        Serving: 4

        • 32 crisp flat puris
        • 1 1/2 cup sev
        • 2 large potatoes, boiled, peeled, and chopped
        • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
        • 1 small unripe green mango, shredded
        • 1/2 cup Golden Bhel Chutney (add water to make chutney into liquid form)
        • 1/2 cup Sweet Date and Tamarind Chutney
        • 2 tablespoons Garlic Chutney (add water to make chutney into liquid form) 
        • 1/4 cup pomegranate kernels
        • 1/2 cup chopped fresh green coriander leaves
        • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
        • 1/2 tablespoon chaat masala
        • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
        • Salt to taste
        1. Arrange the puris on a plate. Mix together potatoes, salt and red chili powder.
        2. Place the mixture on the puris, and sprinkle chopped onions over the potato mixture
        3. Top the puris with dollops of green chutney, garlic chutney and sweet chutney
        4. Sprinkle the kernels of pomegranate, shredded mango, and plenty of sev over the puris
        5. Sprinkle chaat masala, and chopped green coriander leaves as garnish
        6. Serve immediately