Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bhel poori

Bhel poori / puri is a famous chaat item served in Indian cities. I think Chaat foods and India are inseparable. Its a kind of Indian salad with loads of flavor. North Indians make a wide variety of chaat foods. One can easily learn a chaat recipe if they happen to buy chaat snack in India, as the vendor would make it right in front of the customer. Though it may need a lot of ingredients, there won't be any actual physical work if we manage to get a pack of bhel mix and some chutnies from store. I have narrated the way to make our own bhel mix also. We can make the chutnies ahead and keep them refrigerated for a week.

Ingredients: (for 6 large serving)
Boiled potato - 2 (big)
cooked chickpeas (white channa) - 1 cup
bhel mix - 1/2 pack
green chutney - 1/4 cup
red chutney - 1/4 cup
cucumber - 1 (big)
tomato - 1 (big)
raw mango - 1/2 cup
onion - 1/2 cup
tamarind water - 1 cup
sev (fine omapodi mix) - 6 tbsp (to garnish)
red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
chaat masala - 1 tsp

Home made bhel mix:
paani puri / chaapt puri - 15 (or) home made crispy poori- 5
fine sev (store bought omapodi mix) - 1 cup (to garnish)
puffed channa dhal - 1/4 cup
salt - to need
red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
puffed rice / pori - 2 cup
oil - 2 tbsp
chaat masala - 2 tsp

Microwave the pori / puffed rice for 1 minute. Mix the red chilly powder, chaat masal, salt with oil. Mix them with crispy pori, sev. Crush the poori to get big pieces and mix every thing. (We can use left over pooris after microwaving them to get more crispy). Keep aside.We can make this ahead and it will be fresh for a week, if stored in zip lock cover / air tight container.
This is how I make my bhel mix sometimes.

green chutney:
cilantro - 10 stems
mint leaf - 1/2 cup
green chilly - 2
salt - to taste
lemon - 1/8
wash and clean the leaves. Grind them finely together along with green chilly, salt and some water to get a cup of chutney. Squeeze the lemon to get a balanced chutney taste. Keep it in a serving bowl with a spoon.

red chutney:
tomato sauce - 4 tbsp
jaggery solution - 1/2 cup
red chilly powder - 1 tsp
salt - to need
Mix everything and use as hot and sweet chutney.

Tamarind water:
tamarind - a small lemon size
Water - 2 cup
jaggery - 3 tbsp
salt - 1/4 tsp
dry ginger powder - 1/2 tsp
chaat masala - 1/4 tsp
cilantro - a few leaves
dates / raisin - 1/2 cup
Soak the tamarind and extract the juice. Soak dates / raisin and puree .Mix all the above to get a sweetish tangy water.

Cook the potato and remove the skin. Mash it gently along with some salt, cumin powder (1/4 tsp). keep aside.
chop the onions finely , cucumber, tomato finely and keep them aside.
Soak the channa overnight. cook the dhal with enough water for 5 whistles, take out and add some saly. (or) Directly use a can of chickpeas / garbanzo beans after draining the water.

Serving the bhel poori chaat:
Always start mixing when we are about to serve.
Put the chopped vegetables,mashed potato, chickpeas, chutnies, bhel mix , pooris in a big mixing bowl.
Mix well with a spatula.
Divide them in serving bowls.
Garnish with a dash of red chilly powder, chaat masala, chopped cilantro and sev.

Bhel poori chaat is ready!


kittymatti said...

awesome yummy snack!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Tasty and Tangy looking yummilicous Bhel Poori. Looks delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi

Radhika said...

Superb Chat item on the platter. Would love a plate. Glad to Follow you.

Unknown said...

I just had a huge slice of chocolate cake and still feel the sweetness..what I need now is that plate of delicious spicy really craving for that now..

chef and her kitchen said...

Love bhel of my fav chaats..u made it perfect dear..:)

Santosh Bangar said...

all time fav. mouthwatering chat

Unknown said...

Yummy Yummy Plate of bhel, good one, Viki :)

Swathi said...

Bhel puri looks dleicious, My favorite snack, it is first one my hubby bought for me

Panchpakwan said...

So delicious & irresistable bhel poori..

Unknown said...

wow...bhel puri...i'm drooling over these pics !

sathya said...

Bhel poori looks yum, perfect snack any time of the day!

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Priya Suresh said...

Bhel pooris tempts me a lot..feel like grabbing..

R said...

love this timeless snack! looks delicious.

Suman Singh said...

Like everyone, this is my all time favorite snack too..looks super yummy and totally irresistible!

aipi said...

Ooo- DELICIOUS! How I wish i was ur neighbor ! :)

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Shylaja said...

Looks delicious and yummy

Ila said...

yummy and tangy chat :) my fav :)

Hari Chandana P said...

Yummy and delicious recipe... perfect snack !!
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Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

My mouth is watering just watching the picture ... Looks so delicious!