Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kutchi Dabeli

Dabeli is basically a KUTCHI ( a place from gujrat,india )dish,very famous on mumbai streets and one of my personal favourite street food.The other day one of my friend brought this dinner rolls from costco and she shared some with me and immediately my hubby wanted to have dabeli as it was long i made them here ( in australia ) .I wasnt able to find these small paav's /dinner rolls but when i came to know abt these wonderful dinner rolls from costco i was really very excited and i  used them for dabeli, now a days pomegrantes arent available in melbourne so i used finely chopped strawberries ,which i had that day on my hands and it was quite a good replacement .Thanx sonali (bagad) for sharing ur dinner rolls with me :-).In my7 years of my marraige ,  i made this dabeli recipe many a times and everytime my hubby ( AJ ) cherishes like anything, i had adapted this recipe from my favourite cook shobha indani's "swadh sugandh "recipe book ( she is pune based and have her own cookery and personality developement classes and hostels for gals ),this was the first dish i remember making from tht book which was gifted by my cousin meena di during my wedding.Thanx meena di for this wonderful gift which was a very useful and helpful book in my life .Unfortunately i didnt bring this book here in melbourne as i never thought i would blog one day and now that i have started blogging i really miss my this book very much as i had tried many of the dishes from this book right after my marraige to impress my big time foodie hubby AJ ;).

ingredients for dabeli masala pwd :
1/4 tsp anardana pwd (ifu dont get anardana pwd,u can skip it )
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 -2 dry red chilliies
1 tsp corriander seeds
1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida pwd
1 small pc cinnamon stick
method :
Dry roast cumin,corriander,cinnamon and red chillies for a while,switch off the flame,add hing and anardana pwd.Let this cool down and grind them together into a powder form,you can store this pwd and use as and when required.

ingredients for potato mix :
2 big potatoes
a pinch of turmeric
1 tsp red chilli pwd
2 tsp dabeli masala pwd ( home made/store bought )
salt to taste
1/2 tsp amchur pwd OR 1/4 tsp citric acid
1 tsp tamarind sweet chutney
2 tsp oil
2-3 tbsp water
method :
Heat oil ,add boiled mashed potatoes,add red chilli pwd,turmeric pwd,dabeli pwd,salt,amchur pwd,tamarind chutney and mix well.Sprinkle water and mash the potato mix well,cover and cook for few seconds.You can store this potato mix for a day or 2 in refrigerator.

ingredients for peanut masala :
2 tbsp roasted deskinned and halved peanuts
salt to taste
2 pinches of red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp oil
method :
Heat oil in pan,add peanuts,red chilli pwd and salt and mix well,switch off the flame,masala peanuts are ready to use.

ingredients for dabeli :
7-8 small size dinner rolls/laadi paavs/small round plain buns
2 tbsp pomogranates ( i used finely chopped strawberries as i didnt had pomogranates )
2 tbsp masala peanuts
1 cup potato mix
butter to taste
barik sev/nylon sev to taste
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
1-2 tbsp chopped corriander leaves
1-2 tbsp shredded/grated fresh coconut
tamarind  chutney to taste
method  1 :
Slit buns/dinner rolls/paav's from centre(horizontally ),apply garlic chutney and tamarind chutney both the sides according to your taste,stuff a tbsp of potato mix on the lower side of the bun,top it with few masala peanuts,chopped onions,pomograntes,grated coconut and corriander leaves.Sprinkle some nylon sev all over and toast the buns with little butter on a preheated pan/tava/griddle ,both the sides and serve hot. 
method 2 : 
Like the ready made street stall sellers,you can set the potato mix flat on a plate like one layer,top it with some grated coconut,corriander leaves,masala peanuts,sprinkle some nylon sev and onions,so this mixture you can divide into the required number of buns an stuff into the buns and toast with butter and serve so it would be little easy and handy, i personally do this as have seen in mumbai selling dabelis in this style .
Sending this to nayna of for her event,"flavours of gujrat".


  1. Oh i love dabelis, one of my fav snack, very very tempting pics..n you explained it very well Sonu.. craving for some now !

    US Masala

  2. looks so tempting and very delicious...

  3. Hi Sonu,

    Dats a lovely colouful dish...great presentation...


  4. Hi sonu, thanks a lot for letting me know that you can open my blog...

  5. Wowwwww am drooling here rite now..

  6. Your Dabeli making me drool daughter love it !

  7. the dabeli looks very inviting and delectable...

  8. I am hungry for more..Great dabeli..

    Pushpa @

  9. Dabeli looks yum an i am sure that it shd taste great!!! I also love street food so i am sure this should be awesme...


  10. Totally new. Looks very good with yummy filling.

  11. Delicious pics and recipe Sonal .I love this dish

  12. All time fav chat dear..I too make it at home little diffent way...your looks so chatpata and delicious..

  13. Bookmaking this one . First time here . You have a lovely space


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