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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bhel puri - Yes you too can make it at home

Chaat and Mumbai are almost synonyms. Almost every street here has not one, but several vendors who, once the sun goes down, set up their make shift chaat counters on the roadside. The way they throw a few things together, mix it up and serve it with ease is nothing short of an art that they have perfected. With so many options available, I prefer to have my quota of chaat at the nearest chaat shop but this time, I tried my hand at making it at home. While it is quite easy to put together once you are done with all the chopping and dicing, I think that the experience of standing amidst a crowd of fellow chaat lovers, watching the magic unfold as the flavours are blended together by practiced hands, is something that gives your chaat a certain character that cannot be replicated at home.

What you need:
Puffed rice/murmura
Onion - chopped fine
Tomato - chopped fine
Cilantro/corriander - chopped fine
Green chutney
Tamarind chutney
Chaat masala
Salt
Peanuts toasted in a little oil
Sev - for garnishing

I have not mentioned quantities in the above recipe, firstly because I didn't measure each ingredient separately and secondly because the recipe is very forgiving and you can add as much of each ingredient as you would like. So, if you want your bhel to be spicy, add more green chutney to it, whereas if you want it to be sweet and tangy, add more tamarind chutney to it. Keep tasting and adding or subtracting ingredients as per your wish. You could also add boiled, cubed potatoes, or raw mangoes if you would like to.
Take the puffed rice (which is the main ingredient) in a large mixing bowl. Add in all the other ingredients in the order listed. Mix well. Top with sev and serve immediately.

This post is part of the Blogging Marathon under the theme After school snacks. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 37
It also goes to Sowmya who is hosting Valli's Kids Delight -after school snacks.

10 comments:

The Pumpkin Farm said...

ohh yes indeed, and i prefer homemade

Nalini's Kitchen said...

My all time favorite,looks so delicious...

Manjula Bharath said...

wow so so delicious bhel puri :) looks very tempting !!

Vimitha Anand said...

All time favorite.. nice one

Chef Mireille said...

yes please - great flavors

Pavani N said...

yumm.. yumm. bhel puri sounds delicious.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Will never say no to bhel puri! my favorite..

Harini-Jaya R said...

one of our fav chaats !!Love it!

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anubhavati said...

I love love love love bhel puri..Its so simple and so easy to make and very forgiving too...except a few ingredients that are necessary...the others can be modified...i add peanuts, sometimes channa, sometimes pieces of seitan...just for added protein.
Sounds yummy.
Shobha