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Dabeli is a popular snack in India, originating from a region in Gujarat state called Kutch. It is a spicy, sweet and tangy potato filling inside a bun, which is called pav in India. The term ‘Dabeli’ in Gujarati language means ‘pressed’ since the potato mix is stuffed in the bun. It is also drizzled with spicy coriander chutney and sweet and tangy tamarind chutney, pomegranate, spiced peanuts and sev (fried gram flour vermicelli). Dabeli masala/powder can be made at home and stored for a few months for which I will upload the recipe separately. Here I have used mini buns which are ideal as starters for party food or for kids meals. We all love Dabeli as it is very easy to make and always a delight to eat.

Ingredients for potato mix:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Dabeli turmeric chutney mix (2 tbsp Dabeli powder + 3 tbsp turmeric chutney + 1/2 cup water)
  • 4 potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sev 
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate 
  • 1/2 cup spiced peanuts (Can fry peanuts in 1 tsp oil + 1 tsp Dabeli powder)
  • 5 bread buns/pav 
  • 5 tsp green chutney
  • 5 tsp tamarind chutney
  • 5 tsp onion, finely chopped
  • butter, for toasting 

Instructions for potato mixture preparation:

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan and now pour in the prepared dabeli masala chutney mix.
  • Cook for a few minutes until it turns aromatic and add in mashed potato, and mix well ensuring everything is well combined.
  • Transfer the mixture into a bowl and top with coriander, sev, pomegranate and spiced peanuts.

Assembling dabeli:

  • Firstly, slit the bun/pav in the centre and spread 1 tsp green chutney on one side  and 1 tsp of tamarind chutney on the other side.
  • Stuff in prepared potato dabeli mixture and add 1 tsp of onion.
  • Toast the pav in butter making sure both sides turn golden brown.
  • Finally roll the dabeli into sev and serve immediately.

Servings 5

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