Bhel Puri – An Indian Snack Meal

Bhelpuri is street food and is enjoyed on the road side all over North and Western India.  It is called Jhaal Muri in Kolkata. It is synonymous with the beaches of Mumbai (Bombay), especially Chowpatty a popular beach eatery for the masses in Bombay/ Mumbai.

It is a beautiful mix of puffed rice and sev (lentil noodles) and wheat crackers. This mix is placed over diced warm boiled potatoes. This mix is then topped with a melange of finely cut tomatoes, minced onions, cilantro and chillies. This blend is then flavored by drizzling fresh cilantro chutney/pesto and tamarind chutney over it.  The result is a heavenly salad like snack.

Today, Bhelpuri parties are popular all over India.

Recipe:
For this recipe you will need the Bhel Mix package, tamarind chutney and cilantro chutney from our store
Serves 8 for a snack or 4 for a main meal –
-1/2 package of Bhel Mix
-3 cups mashed boiled potatoes (mashed coarsely)
-1/24cup chopped fresh cilantro or coriander leaves
Green chilies minced to taste
T-amarind chutney to taste
-Cilantro or Coriander chutney to taste
-1 cup chopped onions
-1 cup each of diced tomato and cucumber mixed together
Method:
Put out 4 – 8 bowls.  First put a layer of boiled potatoes, then a layer of Bhel Mixwith cilantro mixed in, add the onions, tomatoes and cucumber, chilies, Next pour on the tamarind chutney and top with a dollop of cilantro/coriander chutney. (add salt to taste)

© Kavita Mehta
photo credit Kavita and Vinay Mehta

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