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by dassana amit updated January 27, 2014

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

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.

this is a step by step recipe for making dabeli.

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.

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if you are looking for more street food recipes then do check ragda patties, misal pav, chole bhature, matar kulcha and onion pakoras.

kachchhi or kutchi dabeli recipe below:

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dabeli recipe
 
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dabeli is a mumbai street food also popular in gujarat.
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Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: indian, gujarati
Serves: 5-6 portions
Ingredients
for the dabeli masala:
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds or coriander powder
  • ½ inch stick of cinnamon
  • 2-3 cloves
  • ½ tsp cumin/jeera
for the red garlic chutney
  • 1-2 red chilies - soaked in warm water for 30-40 minutes
  • ½ cup garlic, 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
Instructions
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.
  3. 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.
  9. mix well and add salt.
  10. cook for 2-3 minutes stirring the mixture.
  11. if the mixture looks a little dry then add 1 or 2 tbsp of water.
  12. when done, spread the potato filling on a plate.
  13. sprinkle some grated coconut on the potato filling.
  14. add some chopped coriander on top.
  15. now add pomegranate seeds or grapes or both.
  16. 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.
  7. lastly top it with sev.
  8. cover with the other slice of bread.
  9. prepare the remaining dabeli pav in the same way and serve dabeli warm.
Notes
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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3


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Veena April 18, 2014 1

Hello Dassana,

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

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dassana amit April 18, 2014 2

welcome veena and thanks for the positive feedback.

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dassana amit April 20, 2014 3

welcome veena.

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Jahnvi March 26, 2014 4

Hi,

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

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dassana amit March 31, 2014 5

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.

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Jahnvi M March 21, 2014 6

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.. .:-(…

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dassana amit April 16, 2014 7

i don’t remember the model no, but this one had a juicer attachment, dry grinder and blender.

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manisha March 18, 2014 8

very good. beacause receipe is with dabeli masala.I don’t like to buy ready masala .

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dassana amit March 18, 2014 9

thanks manisha

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Meena Desai December 6, 2013 10

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!
Meena

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dassana December 7, 2013 11

welcome meena and thanks for this sweet comment.

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Neelima September 17, 2013 12

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?

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dassana September 17, 2013 13

hi neelima. you asked for whole wheat buns in the pav recipe post. i will post in some time.

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veer singh September 6, 2013 14

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

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dassana September 6, 2013 15

thanks veer singh.

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Mili September 2, 2013 16

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.

Thanks.

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dassana September 2, 2013 17

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.

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Vi August 18, 2013 18

Yum! What kind of dry red chillies have you used here?

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dassana August 19, 2013 19

thats kashmiri red chili.

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Veena July 21, 2013 20

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.
Veena

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dassana July 23, 2013 21

thanks veena. i am glad you liked the dabeli recipe.

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surkhab June 24, 2013 22

Hey Dabeli looks yummy and its mouth watering. lovely description and nice clicks…keep posting such a delicious recipes..

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dassana June 25, 2013 23

thanks surkhab

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Kajal June 18, 2013 24

Hi,

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

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dassana June 19, 2013 25

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.

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binsmehta May 8, 2013 26

please send these recipes

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dassana May 16, 2013 27

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hema March 19, 2013 28

it’s really yumm

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manisha February 22, 2013 29

hi,

i really love this blog. nice pictures looks yummy. i am gonna make it on sunday for a large party.

thanks,
manisha

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ahir gagubhai September 29, 2012 30

Hello dassana i am from kutchh-gujrat. Yor recipe is different styl

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dassana September 29, 2012 31

dear ahir. this recipe, i have adapted from tarla dalal. if you don’t mind you can share the original kutchi dabeli recipe.

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Suruchi July 23, 2012 32

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 ;)

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dassana July 24, 2012 33

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/

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familycook June 28, 2012 34

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!

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dassana June 29, 2012 35

whenever you visit to india, do try the street food in mumbai and delhi if you can. you are going to love these :-)

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Susmitha - Veganosaurus June 26, 2012 36

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!

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dassana June 27, 2012 37

thanks susmitha. if you can then do make the dabeli at home. it is truly very delicious.

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payal June 3, 2012 38

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.

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dassana June 3, 2012 39

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.

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suhani March 1, 2012 40

hey the pics r lovely..will try them soon..

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Richa@HobbyandMore February 28, 2012 41

oh yes.. esp all the topping pictures.. so intricate and detailed.. makes me want to reach out and steal some:)

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deepti February 28, 2012 42

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.

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dassana February 28, 2012 43

sure deepti. these are 5 minute breads adapted from a book.

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Anamika @ madcookingfusions February 26, 2012 44

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 :)

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dassana February 26, 2012 45

thanks anamika. do try this recipe. its a simple one but very tasty. and do let me know.

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Anamika @ madcookingfusions February 27, 2012 46

Sure Dassana, will try and make it on coming weekend…..!

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Richa@HobbyandMore February 26, 2012 47

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!

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dassana February 26, 2012 48

thanks richa…. glad you liked the pics. this dabeli masala is the simplest masala, i have come across and so easy to make.

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