March 20, 2013

Bhel Puri

With green chutney & tamarind chutney as my previous posts, can you guess what this post is going to be?! Alright, chaat item it is!

Bhel puri, a classic north Indian street snack that is low-fat, nutritious & delicious too! What more can you ask for in a snack? Crispy puffed rice, crunchy namkeen, soft potatoes, refreshing mix of cucumbers & tomatoes combined with spicy-tangy-sweet chutneys and garnished with cilantro - whoa, what a lovely mix of colors, flavors & textures! Bhel puri is a pure treat for both eyes & tummy!

Bhel puri has to be served immediately as soon as it is mixed. Otherwise, juices from the veggies and the chutneys makes it really soggy & unappetizing. Fill your plate with a big mound of bhel puri, garnish with sev poori / cilantro / chaat masala on top and what else? Just dig in!

Basic Info
Complexity - Simple
Prep time - 25 mins
Cook time - 10 mins
Serves - 3-4

Puffed rice - 3 cups 
Papdi / Sev / any kind of namkeen that you like - 2 cups (I used Surati Bhel mix)
Cucumber - 2 nos (small, chopped into small pieces)
Tomatoes - 2 nos (small, deseeded, chopped into small pieces)
Potatoes - 2 nos (small, boiled & peeled, chopped into small pieces)
Cilantro - 2-3 tbsp (finely chopped)
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Green Chutney - 1.5 tbsp (adjust to your spice level)
Tamarind Chutney - 1.5 tbsp (adjust to your taste)
Fine Sev - as required (for garnish)
Chaat masala/amchur powder - as required (for garnish)

Dry roast puffed rice for couple of mins until crisp (helps in bringing back crispiness & freshness).

Mix puffed rice and namkeen together. Set it aside until ready to serve. Mix cucumber, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, salt and set aside.

When ready to serve, mix dry ingredients & veggie mix together along with green chutney & tamarind chutney. Adjust chutneys to your taste while making sure that it coats the entire bhel puri.

Garnish on top with sev puri, sprinkle of chaat masala/amchur, cilantro and serve immediately.

  • In addition to other vegetables, you can also add finely chopped onion. I skipped it.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of mixed sprouted lentils to make it a protein-rich snack.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts for that extra crunch in texture.
  • Too much of chutneys will make the bhel puri soggy.
  • Do not mix dry & wet ingredients together until ready to serve.

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