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bhel puri recipe
bhel puri is a crispy, soft, sweet, tangy, spicy mixture of many edibles.
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bhel puri recipe with step by step photos – bhel puri is a very popular mumbai street food.

bhel puri recipe, bhel puri

there are two types of bhel – dry and wet bhel. this recipe is for the wet bhel puri where chutneys are added. in the dry bhel you simply do not add any chutneys. some people prefer bhel puri with chutney’s and some without it.

also bhel is eaten with papdis or crisp fried pooris. at least this is how i have them at home. but you can even have them with a spoon 🙂

there is no english translation of bhel puri for my international readers. all i can tell you is that bhel puri is a crispy, soft, sweet, tangy, spicy mixture of many edibles. it is one of the popular street food recipe from mumbai which is now available in other parts of india as well in various avatars. another similar recipe is jhal muri from kolkata.

mainly made with puffed rice – to which many delectable tid bits are added. you will see in the pictorial below.

puffed rice for bhel puri recipe

tips for making bhel puri

  1. bhel puri have to be served as soon as they get made and immediately. serving even after a couple of minutes will make the whole bhel puri mixture soggy and you won’t enjoy it.
  2. keep all the ingredients ready before you start mixing everything for making bhel puri.
  3. the puffed rice should be crisp. if it is not crisp then roast it for some minutes in a pan on a low flame. roast them till they become crisp.
  4. you can even add grated vegetables like carrots and beetroot.
  5.  when raw mangoes are in season then you can even add them. addition of raw mangoes gives a very nice tangy taste and crunch.
  6. spice powders and the chutneys can be adjusted as per your taste buds. you can make chutney at home or even use readymade ones. best to use homemade chutneys as you can make them as per your taste and they are more fresh.

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bhel puri recipe
4.77 from 13 votes

bhel puri

bhel puri is a crispy, soft, sweet, tangy, spicy mixture of many edibles.
course snacks
cuisine indian street food
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 5 minutes
total time 20 minutes
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups puffed rice
  • 2 tablespoon mint coriander chutney
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind dates chutney
  • 1 teaspoon red chili chutney (optional)
  • 1 large boiled potato - peeled and chopped
  • ½ to ¾ cup boiled moong beans OR steamed moong sprouts
  • 1 medium size tomato - finely chopped
  • 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ¼ or ½ cup sev
  • 5 to 6 papdis - broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoon roasted peanuts (bhuni moongphali)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • black salt as required

how to make bhel puri

  1. firstly dry roast the puffed rice in a kadai or pan till they become crisp.
  2. let them cool and take them all in a large bowl.
  3. add everything to the puffed rice except sev and coriander leaves.
  4. quickly mix everything.
  5. now lastly garnish bhel puri with some coriander leaves and sev.
  6. serve bhel puri immediately.

recipe notes

  • the salt, chutneys and spice powders in the bhel puri can be adjusted as per your liking. you can use ready made chutneys too.
  • if you don't have onions, then too you can make the bhel without onions.

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how to make bhel puri

1: firstly dry roast the puffed rice in a pan till they become crisp. you don’t need to brown them. take them all in a huge bowl.

roast bhel to make bhel puri recipe

2: now add chopped onions, tomatoes and mine and yours favorite – potatoes (boiled & chopped)… is there anyone who hates potatoes?

potatos onions to make bhel puri recipe

3: add some boiled moong beans… isn’t that a healthy option in a bhel?

moong for bhel puri recipe
4: here come the spicy-sweet part – add some mint cilantro chutney and tamarind chutney… what you prefer – spicy or sweet?

bhel puri recipe

5: now some tanginess to join the party – lemon juice, chaat masala powder, red chili powder, roasted cumin powder and salt.

adding spices to bhel puri recipe

6: with a spoon, just swirl the whole mixture together well and be quick.

bhel puri recipe

7: top up with some broken papdis and roasted peanuts.

adding papdis to bhel puri recipe

8: crispiness fun – add some sev (fried chickpea flour vermicelli). not to forget the very indian garnishing of coriander aka cilantro leaves.

adding sev to bhel puri recipe

9: serve bhel puri immediately in individual bowls or plates. top up with some sev and more coriander leaves if you want. if you don’t serve it immediately then it will become soggy and you won’t enjoy it. so be quick in serving.

bhel puri, bhel puri recipe

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78 comments/reviews

  1. I like dosa and pav bhajji

    • Hi Dassana – I wasn’t sure what you meant by “no English tradition for bhel puri” but thought you might like to know that there used to be two restaurants in London actually called The Bhel Puri House back in the 70s where people queued to eat the bhel puri amongst other wonderful things! One of the restaurants is still there but the food not as good as it used to be. Your recipe looks wonderful and authentic so I’m going to give it a try. I love bhel puri!

      • gerladine, i meant english translation and not tradition. by translation i meant there are no words for translating the words bhel puri in english. thanks for sharing this info. i have read earlier about the bhel puri house earlier somewhere.don’t remember where.
        yes you do try the recipe. i am sure you will like it.

  2. so I just ate this and it was yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

    • thanks nia

  3. Great Recipe. Perfect Mumbai Bhel!!

    • Thanks Bhavay

  4. Dassana, this is my absolute top fav type of chaat. Always ate it in restaurants, never thought I’d be able to make it at home. Now there are no good Indian restaurants near me (I’m in the US), but thanks to you, I can!! Thank you as always!!

    • thanks a lot anjali. bhel puri can easily be made at home. its our favorite chaat too. but we are in india and we do have access to the chaat stalls. but best it to make at home ?

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