Dabeli

Dabeli or Kutchi Dabeli, a snack from the state of Gujarat, made with little sweet and spicy potato filling in pav or buns with crunchy peanuts, pomegranate seeds, tangy tamarind and spicy garlic chutney. 

Kutchi Dabeli or Dabeli as it is known as, has its origin from the state of Gujarat, but now is a very popular street food in the state of  Maharashtra also. I first had it when we shifted to Mumbai. I used to have it many times in my office food court. There, one day I asked the person at counter how it is prepared.  Till the time we were in Mumbai, I never felt the need to make it at home. We had Gujarati neighbours too, once they gave me some of their homemade dabeli masala. I used that for making Dabeli at home just 1-2 times. In Mumbai you can see street food vendors and shops in every nook and corner of streets , especially in evening selling popular snacks like Vada Pav, Bhajiyas, Sandwiches and Dabeli.

After shifting to US, whenever we get some street food or some signature dish cravings like Matar and Kulcha from Delhi, Vada Pav or Dabeli I make it at home. Kids also love Dabeli and I can adjust the spice level of the dish as per my younger ones taste buds.

What is Dabeli..

Smeared in butter and grilled on griddle or tawa, it is a popular breakfast item or evening snack. Dabeli means ‘pressed’ in Kutchi(a Gujarati dialect). Potato filling is pressed between the local Pav bread. Indian Burger as it is also popularly known has its characteristic taste that gets comes from the Dabeli Masala, a spicy Masala. It can be homemade or store-bought. I usually use the store-bought one. The other ingredients that give the characteristic taste is crunchy masala peanuts juicy pomegranate seeds. The contrasting sweet and spicy taste comes from two chutneys, spicy garlic and chilli chutney and tangy tamarind (and dates) chutney. Readymade Tamarind chutney is also available, at Indian Grocery store.

How to make Kutchi Dabeli..

Making Dabeli, has two steps, preparing the potato fillings, chutneys(if not pre-prepared), masala peanuts.

Second step is to assemble the the filling with chutneys, peanuts, pomegranate seeds in pav or buns.

We also need sev(fine chickpea noodles, that are used in making chaats or other similar street snacks). Use very fine ones as shown in pics.

Pav Bread or Slider buns

 

Preparing for Dabeli

How to make Potato filling

To make Potato filling, peel and mash 2 boiled potatoes. In a pan, add oil, add dabeli masala and then water and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add potatoes  and lemon juice and mix well. Also, you can add a tbsp coarsely ground peanuts.Add salt as required.

Transfer to a plate or dish to cool and add pomegranate seeds and more peanuts(as preferred) and some finely chopped fresh coriander leaves.

Tangy Tamarind (and Dates) Chutney and Spicy Garlic Chutney can be prepared at home.

How make Spicy Garlic Chutney

Prepare spicy Garlic Chutney with dry red chillies and garlic. For quick chutney,  grind 1-2 dry red chillies with 7-8 garlic cloves. Add water as required. I already had some garlic chutney in refrigerator that I used for Dabeli. For pics refer and detailed recipe can refer Rajasthani Lehsun ki Chutney, this can be stored for a week in refrigerator.

How to make Tangy Dates and Tamarind Chutney

To make Tangy Tamarind and Dates chutney, soak seedless dates and tamarind, in warm water. Once soft, grind to smooth paste. Sieve the pulp.

In a pan, add a tsp of oil, add cumin seeds/cumin powder, add dates and tamarind pulp, hing/asafeotida, 1-2 tsp of jaggery and cook for few minutes. Keep aside to cool.

I used my stored Dates and Tamarind chutney(pics are not available). Will soon update the recipe in a separate blog post.

How to prepare Masala Peanuts..

Use skinned roasted peanuts. If using the unroasted ones, roast in a tsp of oil, after that cool a bit and coarsely crush and mix with garlic chutney. I used roasted skinned peanuts, added just a  bit of spicy chutney.

Assembling Dabeli

Take pav or rolls, cut into half, spread the spicy garlic chutney on one half and tamarind chutney on the other half.

Pu potato filling depending on the size of bun or slider ,on one of the part with chutney.

Add few finely chopped onions, boondi, pomegranate seeds, masala peanuts and sev. Cover the filling with the other part.

Similarly make all the buns.

Heat a griddle and grill lightly all dabeli from both sides, with butter.

Top it with more sev.

For vegan version, skip butter and use oil.

What kind of bread is used for making Dabeli

In India, Pav bread is used for making dabeli, but you can also use mini sliders or hawaiian rolls. Pav bread is available at Indian grocery stores or you can make it at home also, refer Pav bread.

For gluten-free version use gluten-free bread rolls or buns.

Dabeli Masala, Dates and Tamarind Chutney are also available at Indian stores. As a substitute for Spicy Garlic chutney you can you sriracha sauce that is equally spicy and has a pungent taste.

In case you do not have pomegranate seeds, you can use red grapes, cut into small pieces.

Let’s see in detail the ingredients and how I make Dabeli..

Dabeli

Dabeli

Dabeli or Kutchi Dabeli, a snack from the state of Gujarat, made with little sweet and spicy potato filling in pav or buns with crunchy peanuts, pomegranate seeds, tangy tamarind and spicy garlic chutney. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Assembling time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Evening Snacks
Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian
Keyword: Dabeli
Servings: 10 pieces
Author: Swati

Ingredients

  • 2 Boiled Potatoes(Peeled and Mashed)
  • 1½-2 tbsp Dabeli Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Butter to grill Dabeli

To make Spicy Garlic Chutney(See notes)

  • 7-8 Garlic Cloves
  • 1-2 Whole Red Chillies(Dry)
  • Salt to taste

To make Tamarind(Dates) Chutney(See notes)

  • 1/2 Cup Tamarind Pulp
  • 4-5 Dates
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1-2 tsp Sugar/Jaggery Powder
  • Black Salt to taste

For Masala Peanuts

  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Crushed Peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic chutney or red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Oil

Others..

  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • Finely chopped Onions
  • Finely Chopped Coriander/Cilantro for garnish potato filling
  • 1 pack Pav/Dinner Rolls/Mini Slider buns (10-12)
  • 1/2 Cup Nylon Sev or use as required
  • 1/2 Cup Masala Boondi optional

Instructions

  • Take peeled boiled potatoes. Mash nicely.
  • In a pan heat oil, add Dabeli Masala.
  • Add 1/2 cup water, and cook masala for a minute.
  • Add mashed potatoes and mix well. Add

Notes

Tamarind Chutney and Garlic Chutneys can be made ahead for use. 
You can also use store bought chutneys.
Chutneys, Dabeli Masala and Nylon Sev are available at the Indian Grocery Stores outside India. 

Linking Dabeli to my facebook group, Foodie Monday Bloghop, where the theme this week #201 JamvaChaloJi, that means “Please come to Dine with us” in a polite manner…

The theme was suggested by the Mayuri ,who blogs at Mayuri’s Jikoni. Do check her wonderful blog for recipes from Traditional Gujarati Cuisine to International dishes. I really like the way she builds up the post around her recipes. Right on globe trotting spree but still manages to post some wonderful recipes, without having access to proper kitchen.

Do try this yumm and filling snack. Made it for Sunday Brunch along with fruit custard.

A perfect snack for your picnics, potluck parties, that can be made ahead, packed, and kept in refrigerator. At parties, before serving heat/grill with butter on griddle and serve hot.

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Author: Swati

Some who believes 'EAT WELL, READ DAILY, TRAVEL OFTEN AND LAUGH KHUL KE'!!! Hi!! Swati here!!! Chef, Chocolatier, food admirer, reader, love to travel, listen to music, Bollywood and shoot nature and food pics!! Welcome to my Foodtrails and join me in my food adventure!!

13 thoughts

  1. Oh my, your clicks are making my mouth water Swati. I love dabeli and haven’t had it in a while. Love how you’ve clicked the photos. When we went to Dwarka, that’s what my daughter and I had every single day for lunch and dinner 🙂 Also thanks for the mention.

  2. Beautiful, beautiful clicks, Swati! You’re making me crave for Dabeli now. 🙂 It’s one of my most favourite things ever. I use a shortcut and make the Dabeli filling with garam masala, though. 🙂 Tastes just as good.

  3. One of our favourite snacks and we can even have this as a meal. I have not made this since long and your pics are making me drool. Beautiful and tempting clicks.

  4. Dabeli is one of my favourite street foods and your post reminds me that I have not made this since ages. Love your beautiful presentation and photography.

  5. Dabeli looks very tempting, the way you arranged the pomegranate arils, spices and the Sev is really mesmerizing and mouth watering 😋 Swati. By seeing clicks itself want to grab one of it 👌👌

  6. Drooling over the pics. Can’t get my eyes off them and they are making me hungry. Mind you I have had my dinner. Will come back to read the difference in my making this n yours later. Right now I need to find something to eat.

  7. I first had Dabeli when i shifted to bombay. Have tried to make it at home a few times here. Your post made me nostalgic Swati. Fantastic recipe.

  8. Loved the presentation here Swaty. Dabeli looks really mouthwatering. I wanna to finish up from the screen itself.. Really a great share 👌👌

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