sukha bhel puri or dry bhel is another variation of bhel puri – a popular chaat from mumbai. sukha translates to dry in hindi and hence the term sukha bhel.
bhel puri is made with puffed rice and a lot of other sour, spicy, sweet, tangy ingredients. a myriad flavorful mixture of puffed rice with peanuts, onion, raw mangoes, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, spices, chutneys, lemon juice etc.
there are a lot of textures in this crisp and crunchy snack. along with fresh flavors and tastes. sukha bhel puri is crisp, crunchy, tangy and spicy – chatpata :-)
you can see vendors selling sukha bhel at railway stations or at outside schools or colleges of mumbai. basically, there are two types of bhel popular in mumbai – dry and wet bhel. this recipe is for dry bhel puri. there is another version made in calcutta known as jhal muri which is a popular calcutta street food.
i have already posted recipe of wet bhel puri. the main difference between these two bhel variety is that in the wet bhel puri green chutney, sweet chutney and red chutney is used. whereas in dry bhel dry spice powders and a dry green chutney are added. i have seen some vendors adding the green chutney and some do not add.
this recipe is the way i make dry bhel at home and i have not added any dry chutney. the punch comes from adding green chilies, lemon juice, black salt and chaat masala.
i have grown up literally having bhel puri, both dry and wet. a shop on the way to the vegetable market would make excellent bhel puri… and the weekly trip to the vegetable market would not go without having bhel puri. another variation of bhel is chana dal bhel.
if you like street food of mumbai then you must give dry bhel puri a try. the recipe is very quick if you have all the ingredients at hand. you can increase the nutritional quotient by adding steamed moong sprouts, grated carrots, chopped cucumber, boiled white chickpeas or black chickpeas.
bhel is eaten with papdis or crisp fried pooris. i mean, you have to use the papdi as a spoon to eat bhel. if you want then you can use spoon also to eat it but generally bhel is eaten with papdi. the mixture is scooped on to the papdi and then eaten. you don’t eat the papdi, but only the bhel :-)
if making for kids, then skip the green chilies and red chili powder from the recipe. if the puffed rice have become soft, then just dry roast them in a kadai/wok till they become crisp.
sukha bhel puri recipe details below:
- 3 cups puffed rice/murmura
- 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium sized tomato, finely chopped
- 1 green chili, very finely chopped or minced
- 1 large boiled potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp finely chopped raw mango (optional)
- 3 tbsp roasted peanuts
- 2 or 2.5 tbsp masala chana dal or roasted chana dal
- ½ or 1 tsp chaat masala
- a pinch of red chili powder
- ½ tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- 2-3 broken papdis
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- black salt as required
- 3 to 4 tbsp sev
- 4-6 papdis
- few coriander leaves for garnish
- take all the ingredients, except the garnish ingredients in a large bowl.
- stir briskly.
- squeeze the lemon juice and give a final stir.
- quickly serve in bowls or plates.
- garnish with sev, coriander leaves and serve with papdis.
- the bhel puri has to be served as well as eaten immediately. otherwise the puffed rice becomes soft and you won't get the crisp, crunchy texture as well as taste. if the puffed rice becomes soft, then the bhel is not enjoyed.