Dabeli

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Dabeli is originally a Kutchi / Gujarati dish. Dabeli is now a common snack sold on Mumbai's roads. It is also called Double Roti or Kutchi Dabeli.

Recipe for Dabeli, adapted from a recipe by Tarla Dalal, serves 2-3.

For Dabeli masala:

Ingredients[edit]

  • 1-2 red chillies (you can make it as spicy as you like)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2" stick cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds

For the filling

  • 2 medium size potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoons dabeli masala
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt

For assembly:

  • 5-6 ladi-pav / burger buns
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup sev
  • garlic chutney (optional) and tamarind date chutney
  • For garnish:
  • finely chopped cilantro
  • a handful of pomegranate seeds (optional)

Procedure[edit]

  • Roast masala ingredients in a pan for a few minutes taking care not to burn them. Grind to a fine powder
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry peanuts till they turn light brown
  • Remove and keep aside
  • Next add cumin seeds; when they splutter add asafoetida, dabeli masala, potatoes, salt and a little water
  • Toss in the peanuts and mix everything well
  • Remove from fire.
  • Slice buns into halves and toast them with a little butter on a griddle
  • Apply garlic chutney if using on one side, tamarind chutney on the other side of the bun
  • Place a portion of the potato filling in between
  • Top with chopped onion, cilantro and sev* Press down, garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve immediately