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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dabeli | Kutchi Dabeli | Homemade Dabeli Masala,Pav Bread and Chutneys

Dabeli is a Gujarat snack that has spicy, sweet and sour flavors sandwiched in a bread roll. This is a very filling and healthy snack. I was apprehensive of kids tastes when I started putting up the dabeli together but to my surprise they totally loved it. The buns are stuffed with a potato masala with a sandwiched between a spread of  garlic chutney and sweet tamarind chutney with a added crunch of spiced peanuts, nylon sev and pomegranate seeds. Oh !! My mouth is watering as I write this up,so you can imagine the amount of flavors that seeps in this recipe. On a casual talk with my friend, H on phone, she mentioned her preparing dabeli with store brought buns. And we went on to talk so much about dabeli that I couldn't resist the flavors. Next day itself, I started preparing myself to get on making dabeli. However, I wished to fulfill making dabeli with homemade pav bread. That's how I ended making my own pav bread at home which I previously posted. Need I say more??

I will not say that you should try this recipe making everything from scratch as I did. But if you can you should definitely give this a try with homemade ingredients,chunteys which brings out the actual flavors. The best part of my making dabeli was kids waited patiently till I took snaps of each step assembling the dabeli and finally when I finished clicking pictures,they just pounced on these cute little stuffed buns. This is one of the longest posts that I have written and am sure it will be easy for you guys to looks through in one page for all details here.We totally loved it at home and am sure your family would also love it. Go ahead and give this a try for small kitty parties or just as a after school snack !!

Serves~ 4 dabelis
for dabeli masala 
*red dry chilli 1
coriander seeds /malli 1 tbsp
cumin seeds/ jeerakam 1 tsp
cinnamon /karugapetta 1" stick
cloves 3
pepper corn 3-4

for roasted peanuts
de skinned peanuts 1/2 cup
chilly powder 1/4 tsp
asafoetida(hing/ kayam) a pinch
salt to taste
oil 1 tsp

for garlic chutney (lehsun chutney)
garlic /lehsun cloves 7-8 large
lemon juice 2 tsp
chilly powder 1 tsp
salt to taste
water as needed

for potato masala
dabeli masala 2 tbsp (recipe below)
potato boiled and mashed 1 cup
lemon juice 1 tsp
tamarind chutney 2 tsp
oil 2 tsp
salt to taste
chopped cilantro 2tbsp (for garnish)
grated coconut 2 tbsp (for garnish)

for making dabeli
pav bread 4
pomegranate seeds 1/2 cup
onion 1/2 cup finely chopped
nylon sev 1/2 cup
butter 2-3 tbsp
tamarind chutney as required
potato masala (recipe below)
roasted peanuts 1/2 cup (recipe below)
garlic chutney (recipe below)as required
green chutney (if required)

For dabeli masala 
Warm up all the spices listed under 'dabeli masala'. Leave to cool and blend to powder.

For spicy peanuts
Warm up the peanuts in a tawa till slightly browned. Let it cool down and then remove the skin by rubbing them in hands. Then add a tsp of oil in the same pan, add in chilly powder, asafoetida (hing) and peanuts. Mix well and turn off heat.

For garlic chutney
Blend the garlic,lemon juice,salt  and chilli powder until smooth in a blender. Add water if required. Garlic chutney is ready.

(Garlic chutney on the left and Spiced Peanuts on the right)
For tamarind chutney and green chutney-
The recipe for both these chutneys is already listed here. I have used homemade chutneys always.

For Potato masala 
Mix the dabeli masala and tamarind chutney,keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and add onions. When the onion gets wilted, add the tamarind dabeli masala. Add the mashed potatoes,salt if required and mix well.Cook for 2 mins and switch off flame. Finally,add the lemon juice. Transfer the mixture to a plate,divide in four portions and keep aside. Add grated coconut on top and chopped cilantro.


  • Slice the buns in half and keep aside. Warm the buns with a tsp of  butter on a pan and turn both sides. Place on a plate.
  • Apply the garlic chutney on the bottom layer. Then, add the tamarind chutney on top. Place a portion of the prepared potato masala. Add nylon sev,spiced peanuts,chopped onion and pomegranate seeds on top.
  • Apply garlic chutney and tamarind chutney on the inside of the top portion of the buns.

  • Repeat the same step with remaining buns. Close the buns and serve hot. Enjoy !!

* You can use store brought buns,store brought chutneys to make this at home. But I personally feel homemade chutneys brings out the original flavors.
* The sweet tamarind chutney recipe is here and green spicy chutney recipe is here.
* You can make your own version of sev at home,the recipe is here.
* Increase the red dry chilli if you love the potato masala spicy.

* Golgappa or Panipuris (Homemade puris)
* Moongdal Khasta Kachori (step by step pics)
* Bhelpuri Chaat
* Papri (papdi) Chaat
* Murmure Chaat 
* Dahi Vada (no oil,microwave version)


Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

Dabeli masala..have never heard if it. All this effort seems so worth it. Sandwiches look insanely mouthwatering­čśŐ

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

wow ....this looks so perfect

Chitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.. it's truly a long job.. but that write up n the pics makes me wanna eat dabeli right away dear.. awesome ­čĹĆ

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

I know it is lengthy process but it tastes great right? at end of if you see smiles on your loved ones it is really worth it

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

New to me but it looks very tasty...

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh goodness... feel like grabbing that plate and having it all by myself?

Ruxana Gafoor said... Best Blogger Tips

Dabeli masala hearing for the first time.Well explained post.Looks delicious!

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... got my mouth watering... guess I was away for some time now from blogging...all those yummy recipes you posted all these time i was away, will take me some time to go through