Bombay Bhel Puri!by Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
Bhel Puri, also known as Bombay Bhel Puri, is a popular Indian street food and snack that originated in the bustling city of Mumbai by street vendors in the mid-20th century. The name "Bhel Puri" is derived from two Hindi words - "bhel," which refers to the mixture of puffed rice and other ingredients, and "puri," which indicates the crispy, deep-fried Indian bread alongside it. Over the years, Bhel Puri has gained immense popularity, not only on the streets of Mumbai but also across various regions of India, each with its unique twist. Its affordability, quick preparation, and vibrant flavours make it a favourite snack among locals and tourists alike and is loved by people of all age groups.
- 2cuppuffed Rice (murmura)
- 1/2cupOnions (chopped)
- 1/2cupPotatoes (boiled & diced)
- 1/3cupTomatoes (deseeded & diced)
- 1Green Chillies (finely chopped)
- 4Papdi (Indian cracker)
- 1/4cupPeanuts (roasted)
- 1tspChaat Masala
- 1/2tspChili powder (adjust to taste)
- 1/2tspSalt (adjust to taste)
- 2tbspTamarind chutney
- 2tbspGreen chutney
- Fresh coriander leaves (chopped)
In a large mixing bowl, add the puffed rice, chopped onions, boiled potatoes, chopped tomatoes, and green chilli.
Break the papdi into small pieces and add them to the bowl.
Add the roasted peanuts to the mixture.
Sprinkle the chaat masala, chilli powder, and salt over the mixture.
Drizzle the tamarind chutney and green chutney over the ingredients. Mix well.
Just before serving, add the sev to the bhel puri and mix. This will help to maintain its crispiness.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
Tips & Tricks
Bhel Puri is best enjoyed immediately after preparation as the puffed rice may turn soggy if left for too long.
Adjust the spice levels and chutney quantities according to your taste preferences.
Servings depend on the portion size served.
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