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dabeli recipe: kutchi dabeli recipe, how to make dabeli recipe

kutchi dabeli recipe with step by step photos – dabeli is a street food which originated in kutch. dabeli is also called as kutchi dabeli or kachchhi dabeli. its a very popular street snack and can be easily found in mumbai as well as gujarat.

basically dabeli is a spicy, tangy and sweet potato filling inside a bun – more specifically the indian bun – called as pav, drizzled with a spicy and sweet chutney and some pomegranate, grapes, onions and sev/fried gram flour vermicelli. even though there were many dabeli stalls near my home in mumbai, i never ever brought dabeli from these stalls.

its something i would indulge once in a blue moon. i was not much fond of it. i would always prefer two of mine fav mumbai street foods with bread- pav bhaji and vada pav over dabeli.

this dabeli recipe is a breeze if you have everything ready. or else spend some time in making the dabeli masala and the chutneys.

kutchi dabeli recipe

everything for the dabeli, i made at home except for the fine sev and tamarind dates chutney. so it took me some time. i used ready made tamarind dates chutney. if you wanna make it at home you can have a look at the tamarind dates chutney here on my website.

i made the whole wheat bread at home and had made the dough a day earlier. so it was just baking the bread whilst i was preparing the other stuff for dabeli.

i have not mentioned the bread recipe in this post. you could use ready made burger buns or pav.

this recipe is adapted from tarla dalal’s dabeli recipe. its a very good recipe and all you dabeli lovers must try this one. you are going to love it.

lets start step by step kachchhi dabeli recipe.

i have categorized each part so that it is easy to follow and understand.

a: making the dabeli masala:

1: dry roast the red chili, cumin, cloves, cinnamon and coriander seeds. you cannot see the coriander seeds as i have used my homemade roasted coriander powder while grinding the masala.

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2: add all the ingredients in a dry grinder.

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3: grind to a fine powder. you will have some powder left even after adding it in dabeli. you can use it in some veggies or rice recipes.

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b: making the red garlic chutney for dabeli:

1: soak the red chilies in warm water for 30-40 mins. in a wet grinder add the soaked red chilies, garlic, lemon juice.

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2: grind to a smooth paste. add water if required while grinding. keep this red garlic chutney aside.

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c: making the potato filling for dabeli:

1: boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker or microwave oven. peel and mash them and keep aside. don’t have a pic of this one. in a pan or kadai, heat oil. add cumin. then add chopped onion. fry the onions till they become soft.

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2: add asafoetida/hing and fry for a minute on a low flame.

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3: add the tamarind dates chutney to the onions and mix well.

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4: add the mashed potatoes and again mix well.

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5: add the dabeli masala powder to the mashed potatoes.

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6: mix well and add salt.

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7: cook for 2-3 minutes stirring the mixture. if the mixture looks a little dry then add 1 or 2 tbsp of water. i did not have to add any water to the potato mixture.

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8: when done, spread the potato filling on a plate….. not sure why it is looking so orangish… i guess me playing with the camera settings has resulted in such a weird photo…..

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9: sprinkle some grated coconut on the potato filling.

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10: add some chopped coriander.

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11: now add pomegranate seeds or grapes or both. i did not have grapes at home.

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d: frying the slices of bread:

1: while all of the above was happening my wheat flour buns were ready and hot from the oven.

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2: slice the bun or pav into two. on a tava or griddle, melt some butter and lightly roast the buns or pav in butter. keep aside.

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e: serving the dabeli:

1: assemble all the ingredients required for making dabeli in one place. the pic below says it all.

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2: apply the sweet chutney on one slice of the bun and the red garlic chutney on the other side.

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3: take a slice of the prepared potato filling and put it on top of one of the slices of bread. this one has a little extra of the coriander leaves.

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4: add some chopped onion and coriander.

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5: top it up with some roasted peanuts and pomegranate seeds. sprinkle some dabeli masala also.

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6: the last topping is of sev. you can also roll the stuffed buns in the sev.

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7: cover with the other slice of bread. in the same way make all the dabeli pav and serve these beautiful, yummy and gorgeous street food snack to your loved ones.


if you are looking for more street food recipes then do check ragda patties, misal pav, chole bhature, matar kulcha, bread pakora, onion pakoras, veg momos, bhel puri and samosa recipe.

kachchhi or kutchi dabeli recipe below:

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dabeli recipe | kachchhi dabeli recipe
dabeli is a mumbai street food also popular in gujarat.
CUISINE: indian, gujarati
SERVES: 5-6 portions
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for the dabeli masala:
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds or coriander powder
  • ½ inch stick of cinnamon/dal chini
  • 2-3 cloves/lavang
  • ½ tsp cumin/jeera
for the red garlic chutney
  • 1-2 red chilies - soaked in warm water for 30-40 minutes
  • ½ cup garlic/lahsun, chopped
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
for the potato filling
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp dabeli masala
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • ½ tsp cumin/jeera
  • 2 tbsp tamarind dates chutney
  • ¼ cup grated coconut
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds/anar
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves/cilantro
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp water - optional
  • salt
for serving
  • 4-5 buns or pav sliced and lightly roasted in some butter or oil
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves/cilantro
  • ½ cup nylon sev
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds/anar
  • garlic chutney as required
  • sweet tamarind dates chutney as required
preparing the dabeli masala powder
  1. dry roast the red chili, cumin, cloves, cinnamon and coriander seeds.
  2. add all the ingredients in a dry grinder.
  3. grind to a fine powder.
  4. keep aside.
preparing the red garlic chutney:
  1. in a wet grinder or blender, grind the soaked red chilies, garlic, lemon juice and salt to a smooth paste.
  2. add water if required. keep aside.
preparing the potato stuffing:
  1. boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker or microwave oven.
  2. peel and mash them and keep aside.
  3. in a pan or kadai, heat oil. add cumin.
  4. then add chopped onion and fry the onions till they become soft.
  5. add asafoetida/hing and fry for a minute on a low flame.
  6. add the sweet tamarind dates chutney to the onions and mix well.
  7. add the mashed potatoes and again mix well.
  8. add the dabeli masala powder to the mashed potatoes. mix well and add salt.
  9. cook for 2-3 minutes stirring the mixture.
  10. if the mixture looks a little dry then add 1 or 2 tbsp of water.
  11. when done, spread the potato filling on a plate.
  12. sprinkle some grated coconut on the potato filling.
  13. add some chopped coriander on top.
  14. now add pomegranate seeds or grapes or both.
  15. keep the potato stuffing aside.
serving the dabeli:
  1. assemble all the ingredients mentioned under serving in one place.
  2. apply the sweet chutney on one slice of the bun and the red garlic chutney on the other side.
  3. take a slice of the potato filling and put it on top of one of the slices of bread.
  4. add some chopped onion and coriander leaves
  5. top it up with some roasted peanuts and pomegranate seeds.
  6. sprinkle some dabeli masala also. lastly top it with sev.
  7. cover with the other slice of bread.
  8. prepare the remaining dabeli pav in the same way and serve dabeli warm.
1: instead of the red garlic chutney you can also use mint coriander chutney. 2: dabeli masala powder is easily available in the indian metros. so you could use ready dabeli masala. 3:other variation is to add pav bhaji masala instead of dabeli masala. the dabeli will still taste good. 4: lastly to add more spice, add spiced or masala peanuts instead of plain peanuts.

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  1. DK says

    hello dasanna, let me first acknowledge your attitude towards cooking and sharing it with such enthusiasm, clarity and interest . Step by step is too good. As suggested by you for different alternatives, I had some paneer made at home and made a stuffing with it and for other things , I followed your method and believe me it was a hit. Thanks dasanna, the masalas I made as per your receipies and the chutneys I always keep refrigerated. God bless you. DK

  2. Padmini says

    I am a south indian. Dabeli is new dish for me. I tasted it for the first time 2 months back on a street side stall. Immediately I fell in love it it.
    I tried your recipe last weekend it came out perfect. I and my husband enjoyed every bite of it. Thanks for the perfect recipe

  3. Supriya says

    Made this today as a surprise for my husband- its his absolute favourite dish! He was thrilled to bits and it truly made both of us very very happy. Thank you for demystifying this recipe and for everything you do on this website. You keep my little family healthy, happy and connected to home. :)

  4. says

    Thanks for this awesome and simple making of this recipe….my wife made dabeli for the first time following your instructions and mazza aa gaya…..again thanks a ton…!!!

  5. Purvika says

    I am trying to make dabeli for the first time i hope all goes good and i cpuld impress my inlaws but this helped a lot in driving my fear away thank you…

    • says

      welcome purvika. don’t worry… just cook the food with a loving state or with lots of love…. even if something minor goes wrong in making dabeli then the love you will be adding to food will compensate the minor error. all the best. happy cooking.

  6. Meena Shah says

    Hi! I have tried many of your recipes recently and am thrilled! Though I have been cooking many of the same myself, I find your recipes perfect and my food is more delicious. Thank you for sharing!!


  7. Bhavika Jain says

    I tried makin dabeli fr d 1st tym aftt gettin married… Pictures attached helped a lot while prepatin..U recepie was jus awesom… Got lots of compliments frm my inlaws.. Im new to ur site bt im so sure k im goin to visit ur site very often…
    Thank U very very much fr helpin me…

  8. Bhavika Jain says

    Ive tried ur recepie.. I made dabeli fr d 1st tym aftr gettin married.. Ur recepie was jus awesome.. Got lots of compliments.. All thanks to u…

  9. Veena says

    Hello Dassana,

    Thankyou for this recipe I have made this several times and turns out perfect everytime just delicious!

  10. Jahnvi says


    I had written a comment last week asking for the model no of the black and deckar grinder. I thought you may have missed that hence writing again.

    My blender is broken and I urgently need to buy one, please help

    • says

      i don’t remember which model. but it had a juicer, coffee grinder and a blender. if you just to plan to do fruits and veggies blending., that black and decker is good. but if you plan to do idli or dosa or lentils grinding or making coconut chutneys or masala, then i would suggest to go for a good wet grinder. currently i am using panasonic for heavy grinding and blending and so far no issues.

  11. Jahnvi M says

    Hi Dassana,

    Very good receipe, will try it out this weekend.

    I wanted to know which model of Black and decker are you using? I was using a GE blender and due to excessive grinding both the blades broke.. .:-(…

  12. Meena Desai says

    Dear Dassana,
    I tried out the rajma recipe; it is the first time I really enjoyed the dish!
    Also your palak paneer recipe was excellent ; I was never happy earlier with the way my
    Palak paneer used to turn out.
    Thanks a lot! You have a big fan of your blogs in me!

  13. Neelima says

    Dear Dassana,

    Your Dabeli receipe is tasty to eat and beautiful to look at. I asked for whole wheat buns but i am not able to see my question. Can you please post whole wheat buns and whole wheat bread receipe please?

  14. veer singh says

    I havn’t tried this yet but full recipe explained in a nice and proper way . thank you. Veer singh, Adelaide , australia

  15. Mili says

    I loved the recipe, have tried it a few times and it comes great every time. I substituted for store bought dabeli masala as u get that in Indian stores here. I have a separate question. What’s the grinder you use ? :) I have a magic bullet but its on its last legs so I am looking for the next one. Yours is looking very good, any feedback about it would be great.


    • says

      hi mili, this is a dry and coffee grinder from black and decker brand. it too good. there are three functions and jars – blending, dry grinding and juicing. my broke down since i have heavily used it for making nut based milks and for grinding idli-dosa batter. which is what it was not meant for. i also used to use magic bullet, but mine also is gone now. i just purchased a panasonic mixer-grinder and its too good.

  16. Veena says

    Hi Dassana,
    This recipe is by far the best home made versions of Dabeli I have ever tried. I have made these several times and also served to few of my friends. We like it a bit hot so I spice it up a bit other than that I don’t change anything in this recipe. Thankyou for sharing this.

  17. Kajal says


    Just to point out it cant be a north indian cuisine as it originated in kutch, so it is a gujarati cuisine.

    • says

      i know kajal. thats an error which must have happened when we converted some of the recipe details in one go in this format. thanks for pointing out.

  18. Suruchi says

    Hello Dassana!

    I love your site and am a regular here. Just tried this recipe last evening and it turned out yummy.. same as we eat back in Mumbai. Only problem was that we do not get the regular pav that we get in Mumbai.. the ones here are kind of sweetish and quite heavy. Next time, am planning to use normal bread instead. Hope it will taste as good.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!!!! Looking forward for many more 😉

    • says

      thanks suruchi.

      the dabeli tastes best with the regular pav. it does not go that well with the sweet ones.

      if you bake, then you can try making these pav buns at home. they are a better alternative to the store brought ones. i usually make these extra and keep in the fridge. when we want, we just warm the pav on the tava with some oil or butter.

      here is the link: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/pav-recipe-indian-pav/

  19. says

    I am a complete stranger to street food. i mean we never even got to peek into street stalls because that was not Hygenic at all so, why look? Lol! I know I have missed a lot. I am enjoying learning about it through your blog. The dabeli looks gorgeous!

  20. says

    That is one delicious looking snack, dassana. The red colour of the pomegranates adds so much beauty to the whole dish! Here we get vada pav and pav bhaji but I’ve never tasted dabeli before. It’s making my mouth water! :)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe in such detail with step by step photographs!

  21. payal says

    hi, i am gujarati and i want to suggest u one thing for the roasted peanuts u used. if u use masala peanuts it will taste really good. i am giving u the receipe for making masal peanut. first roast the peanuts then remove the skin and then take oil in pan approx 1tbs, then add hing, little turmeric powder, redchilly powder, blackpepper powder, and black salt. i hope if u will add this peanuts to dabeli it tastes yummy.

    • says

      thanks payal for your suggestion. i know the dabeli will taste too good with the masala peanuts. i have had dabeli with masala peanuts and it is yummy…

      also thanks for giving the recipe for making masala peanuts. this will surely become another post of mine when it starts raining.

  22. deepti says

    Can you post the recipe for the wheat flour buns please? Its good to have the one’s made at home :)
    Thanks for all your recipes, love them.

  23. says

    I loved this post so much when it hit my mailbox and then felt will comment on this nicely in free time …the clicks, the recipe,the toppings alllll are wow!! I have eaten dabeli so much during our posting in gujarat, tried once at home but could not match that taste…will now prepare with your recipe surely……feel like having it straight from your clicks :)

  24. says

    the pictures are just perfect dabeli heaven:) everytime i make some i usually cut out some or the other ingredient and everyone always gets hungry before i can click any pictures:) i love all the toppings and i love the dabeli masala recipe!