Wednesday, February 24, 2010

DABELI - A traditional Gujarati Street Snack

This super yummy-spicy-tangy snack is traditionally sold on the streets of Gujarat. It is another version of vada pav made with a sweet and spicy potato mixture which is filled into a small burger bun and then topped with onion, pomegranate, fresh garlic chutney and sev (optional). Pomegranate, can be easily replaced by black / green grapes cut into small pieces. Great as a side dish, starters, picnics, or a meal in itself. This snack is generally done on pav (bun), but I usually opt for a healthier version for my family, so I choose Whole Wheat Italian Bread, similarly potatoes can be easily replaced by cooking banana (plantain).
Dabeli



Ingredients:
1 Foot Long Wheat Italian Bread / 12 Hamburger buns
1 Onion, chopped 
1/2 C fresh cilantro, chopped 
1/2 C peanuts, roasted 
2 tsp Fresh garlic chutney 
1/2 C fresh pomegranate seeds 
6 tbsp Dates & Tamarind chutney 
Olive oil, for cooking

For Dabeli Masala: (Increase the ratio for bulk preparation, refrigerate in  airtight container)
2 Dry Red chili 
1/2" cinnamon sticks 
1 tsp Coriander seeds 
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds 
2 Cloves

For The Filling: 
1 C boiled and mashed potatoes / cooking banana
2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
A pinch asafetida powder 
2 tbsp Dates & Tamarind Chutney
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds 
2 tbsp Oil 
Salt to taste

Dabeli



How to Serve:
1.  Roast the masala ingredients in a pan for about 2 to 3 minutes.
2.  Grind them to make a fine powder in a coffee grinder, set aside
3.  For the filling, heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds to it, until they crackle, then add asafoetida, chopped tomatoes, dabeli masala, salt & let it cook untill tomatoes are fully cooked, then add potatoes & mix well.
4.  Remove them from the heat, combine dates-tamarind chutney and mix well.
5.  Slit wheat itallian bread or hamburger buns in half, and cook them in a using a little olive oil.
6.  Now put 12 equal portion of the filling on the lower half of each bun. OR With the help of a spatula spread the potato mixture on the lower half of itallian bread.
7.  Top it with the chopped onion, cilantro, pomegranate, peanuts, garlic chutney and dates-tamarind chutney. 
8.  Sandwich it with the top halves of the burger buns/bread and serve it. Great for picnics too.

46 comments:

Nithu Bala said...

This is really delicious and I loved the idea of using whole wheat bread..the filling with plantain should taste heaven..bookmarking this..

Tina said...

Yummy yummy...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Oh that looks so yummy and i'm drooling at the snaps my dear..my hubby doesn't like the idea of add fruits to sandwich..he's fussy sometime..i'm going shift my home next to urs so that I can have some share with all the dishes from ur kitchen to my tummy:D

shanthi said...

Healthy one with a nice click. Loved the version with wheat bread

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I haven't heard of such a dish before but I have to tell you that they look seriously scrumptious.

sowmya's creative saga said...

i was just thinking of this today...and now i see here...looks delicious..

Reshmi said...

dabeli looks fantastic..i love street food...but sometimes street foods may cause harmful to stomache....but its better to make at home...

Pavithra said...

oh my god I love dabeli and ur making me drool with your photos dear... recently I made , but i bought storebought dabeli masala. Thanks for sharing the masala recipe..once my bottle is finished , next time I will make it at home. Thanks dearie.

PJ said...

looks so delicious and yummy!

Nostalgia said...

ooooh.lovely. Utterly delicious..

Vrinda said...

Looks really good,yummmm

Happy Cook said...

Wow that filling looks so so droolie delicious. I have never had this would love to try them.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

i just love Dabeli's..
Its sure treat on a rainy evening..
I have had them at the roadside telawala's in sion,mumbai.. Just love it!

Sanjana said...

This looks so delicious! You really brought justic to this Gujarati classic! Superb!

~ Lopa said...

Ohhh Goodness, That is my so so so ok ay let me say most favorite street food i miss from back home. ( apart from pani puri of course ! )

Now i am craving for them... Dabeli from Ahmedabad :(

Trendsetters said...

great evening snack...pom seedss..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Mouthwatering never tried this.............

simply.food said...

What alovely snack.The pomegranate seeds looks so colourful in the dish.

priya said...

yummy and colorful

AdukalaVishesham said...

wow. looks superb... never tried some thing like this before...the pomegranate adds a nice flavor n color to the filling

Swathi said...

Sadhana and Muskan,

Dabeli, looks healthy and yummy.

Sayantani said...

never had this but looks lovely. would make it asap. perfect!

notyet100 said...

looks delicious....

Preethi Rajeev said...

it looks so yummy, have never tried them, would love to have it now

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

This is so new to me, am gonna bookmark this and ranks first in my to do list!!!

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Vaishali Sharma said...

Looks delicious . I haven't had this ever before but this definitely looks inviting.

Gulmohar said...

Oh my ! that looks too good..am drooling now ;-)Got to try this one !

Subhashini said...

Very healthy snacks for any age group.Good idea.
Love
Subhashini

Priya said...

Slurppppp, such a tempting and delicious dish, never tried at home...

kothiyavunu said...

This is very new to me...interesting.bet it must have tasted great...can't wait to try this recipe.

Siddhi S said...

wow i love this snack...specially cheese dabeli...its yumm...nice recipe n good presentatn

Latha said...

Yummy...It's not in my tummy:(

Cham said...

Oh is that pom in spicy mixture, sounds cool and different tastewise!

Spice said...

YUmmy....looks great...I still remember the taste of it from te last time I had it in ahmdabad....

Meena said...

Great idea to do the healthy version of dabeli...havent eaten it for so long...but this one looks easy-peasy and so...bookmarked!!!

ruchikacooks said...

It looks so tempting with pomegranate and all the works..Spicy tangy.

Sush said...

The second picture stole my heart away :)

Priya Narasimhan said...

Bookmarking this recipe..looks absolutely delicious and inviting..do you have the recipe for fresh garlic chutney too??

Fathima said...

Wow...that sounds like a great sandwich... really colorful too..

Preeti Kashyap said...

Yummy...I am drooling and so very hungry!

Shri said...

I have heard abt it but never got to taste it.It looks lovely guys!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Looks lovely...one of my favs..

Deepa G Joshi said...

looks so delicious..very good.

AshKuku said...

Kya Dabeli Hai???? What I just said sounds so much Mumbaiyya.... aayeli jaayeli...dabeli.... LOL!!! But that prep looks really interesting.... & yummy too.... Oh! I would love to savor it street side..... ONLY!!!!

Katy ~ said...

Have never thought of using pomegranate in a sandwich but it sounds good! Beautiful sandwich, tempting picture. Yummm..would like to use a sweeter bread for this, I think...

Rachel said...

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