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BM# 68-Cooking Carnival: Day 18
Theme of Week 4: Bread based Street Foods
Dish: Dabeli

All of this week’s bread based street foods have been on my to-make list for a very long time, especially today’s Dabeli, a popular Gujarati street food. I have been planning to make this dish for a very very long time after seeing it on numerous blogs, finally I made it for this marathon.

Potato Pav Sandwich

It is a very tasty sandwich with amazing flavors and textures. I’m not sure why I didn’t try it sooner, it’s much easier and quicker to make than vada pav or other more elaborate street food. It is actually another version of vada pav that doesn’t require the potato part to be fried.

Potato Pav Sandwich

In this sandwich, the sweet and spicy potato mixture is stuffed between 2 pav buns that is generally smeared with green chutney or spicy garlic chutney and then topped with crunchy roasted peanuts and fresh pomegranate arils (or black grapes). I skipped making the garlic chutney and used green chutney instead.

Potato Pav Sandwich

Like I said before this sandwich has so many interesting flavors going on. Sweet, spicy and tangy — all at the same time. I’m sure I’ll be making this sandwich quite often now.

Potato Pav Sandwich

Recipe from Tarla Dalal’s Site:

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Dabeli Yum
Dabeli is a popular Gujarati street food made with spicy potato filling which is then topped with onion, pomegranate and sev. A very flavorful and addictive sandwich.
Dabeli
Course sandwich
Cuisine gujarati
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Dabeli Masala:
  • 1 Red Chili Dry
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 Cinnamon " stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
For the Potato Filling:
  • 2 Potatoes Medium , boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1 Onion Small , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Pinch Asafoetida of
  • 2 tsps Masala Dabeli
  • 2 tbsps Tamarind Chutney Sweet (link below)
  • 2 tbsps Oil
  • To taste Salt
For Dabeli:
  • 6 ~ 8 Pav Burger Buns /
  • Butter As needed , for cooking
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts Roasted
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sev Fine
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate seeds
  • Green Chutney As needed
  • Tamarind Chutney As needed Sweet
Course sandwich
Cuisine gujarati
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Dabeli Masala:
  • 1 Red Chili Dry
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 Cinnamon " stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
For the Potato Filling:
  • 2 Potatoes Medium , boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1 Onion Small , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Pinch Asafoetida of
  • 2 tsps Masala Dabeli
  • 2 tbsps Tamarind Chutney Sweet (link below)
  • 2 tbsps Oil
  • To taste Salt
For Dabeli:
  • 6 ~ 8 Pav Burger Buns /
  • Butter As needed , for cooking
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts Roasted
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sev Fine
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate seeds
  • Green Chutney As needed
  • Tamarind Chutney As needed Sweet
Dabeli
Instructions
Make Dabeli Masala:
  1. Dry roast the dabeli masala ingredients in a pan until fragrant. Grind to a fine powder in a spice grinder or blender. Use as needed.
Make the Potato Filling:
  1. Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add asafoetida, 2tsp ground dabeli masala, mashed potato, salt and some water. Mix well and cook for 4~5 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and add the sweet tamarind chutney and mix well. Set aside.
Make Dabeli Sandwich:
  1. Slice the buns in half horizontally and cook the buns with butter until nicely toasted.
  2. Smear green chutney on both sides liberally. Place some of the potato filling on the bottom half of the bun.
  3. Top with the onion, peanuts, cilantro, sev, pomegranate, green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.
  4. Sandwich it with the top half of the sandwich bread and Serve!!
Recipe Notes

Potato Pav Sandwich

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14 thoughts on “Dabeli (Gujarati Street Food)”

  1. perfect tea time snack (or actually any time snack :D) – i have made this once or twice but never got to clicking them ! these look perfect

  2. This has so many components but am sure it is not that bad if we plan it properly. I loved all the moody photos for street food.

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