What happens when you eat Dabeli ? It goes to Da-beli!(The Belly)
Jokes apart , Here is one of the most loved snacks of Kutch , Gujarat. It is said that it was invented by Keshavji Gabha Chudasama in 1960s . Dabeli comes from the word 'Dabna' which is the act of pressing . Essentially the potato is stuffed or pressed into a pav or bun . This is very popular as all in one snack- sour, sweet, spicy and crunchy all at once.
The dabeli masala is spicy dry-paste made from dried red chillies, black pepper powder, dried coconut, salt, clove, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, star anise turmeric, cardamom, bay leaves, black-salt, and other spices.
The potato filling cooked in dabeli masala is garnished with sev, pomegranate seeds and roasted peanuts which add the crunch.The essence of the dabeli are the chutneys: the sour and sweet tamarind-date chutney and the fiery chutney made of red chillies and garlic.
Lets get started with the recepie
Ingredients For Dabeli masala powder ( Can use available powder in the market ) Fennel seed - 1 tsp Dry coconut - 2 tbs Cumin seed- 1 tbs Coriander seed- 2 tbs Black pepper - 8 Dry ginger - 1/2 inch Bay leaf- 1 Cloves - 5 Sesame seed - 1 tbs nut mug - 1/8 portion star anise- 1 Sugar - 1 tbs Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch salt - 1 tbs turmeric powder 1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder - 1 tbs Dry red Chilli- 1 tbs Dry mango powder - 1 tsp
For Tamarind Chutney Tamarind pulp - 1/2 cup Red Chilli Powder- 1 tsp Sugar - 2tsp Salt - 1 tsp Water
For Chilli Garlic Chutney Garlic cloves - 25 gm Dry red chillies( soak in water for 15 min) Roasted peanuts - 1/6 cup Lemon juice - 1 tbs Salt to taste Red Chilli powder to taste- 1/2 tsp
Aloo masala Boiled and mashed potato - 4 Dabeli masala- 3 tbsp Red Chilli powder- 1 tsp Salt to taste Cooking oil - 2 tbs Tamarind chutney - 2 tbs Water - 4 tbsp
Masala Peanuts ( Can use available masala peanuts in the market ) Roasted peanuts - 1/2 cup Cooking oil - 1 tbs Dabeli masala powder - 1 tsp Chat masala - 1/2 tsp salt to taste
Final Filling tips Finely chopped Onions Pomegranate seeds Finely chopped coriander leaves Pav or bun should be heated on tawa with ghee or butter
For Dabeli Powder :
In a pan mix all the spices and fry it for about 8-10 seconds . Switch off the gas and let it cool for a while . Once the spices are cool blend them in a mixer . Blend the spices to a fine powder . With that our Dabeli masala powder is ready . ( Note : You can make use of the powder that is available in the market )
For Preparing Tamarind Chutney :
Bring tamarind, red chilli powder, jeera powder, sugar, salt and water to boil . Turn off the gas once it starts to become thick . With this our sweet chutney is ready. Let the chutney to cool .
For Preparing Chilli Garlic Chutney :
Soak dry red chillies for 8-10 minutes. In a blender grind the soaked chillies, garlic cloves , roasted peanuts, lemon juice, salt and red chilli powder . Our garlic chilli chutney is ready.
Masala Peanut :
Can use the ready made pack available in the market. If preparing at home add oil in a pan after 2-3 seconds add peanuts, dabeli powder, chat masala. salt to taste and fry it for 3-5 minutes .
For Preparing Aloo Masala:
In a pan add 2 tsp oil and pealed and mashed potatoes . To this add the dabeli , red chilli, salt , tamarind chutney and water . Mix them well for 2-3 minutes .
With the above preparation , we are all ready to stuff the pav or bun . Keep all the prepared chutneys and masalas in a bowl. First apply red chilli garlic chutney and tamarind inside the pav or bun . Now add the aloo masala . Most important ingredient here is pomegranate and sev. After the aloo masala add some finely chopped onions , pomegranates and sav. Repeat the aloo masala layer and pomegranate , onion and sav layers. It is ready to be served . I know it looks like a energy drainer recepie . But, trust me once you prepare you'll be on cloud nine . It is worth all the efforts . Try and let me know in the comment section.