Bhel Puri

Chaat for me, is a meal in itself. And bhel puri might seem like a snack but I can have it for lunch and dinner! Anyway…my constant disappointment with the chaat we get here in Austin is what led me to even try making bhel puri at home. This bhel puri is not the kind you get in chaat shops in India, which is wet from the addition of lentils. My version is the dry kind, which you get from push carts in Bangalore.
If you have all your ingredients chopped up and ready, this can serve as a quick weeknight dinner. Just try making it once, and you will be hooked! You can make it as healthy as you like and play around with what goes in it. In this recipe, you do not have to go by the exact quantities mentioned. Feel free to experiment and alter them according to your taste. Enjoy!

Bhel Puri

Ingredients:

Puffed Rice – 3 cups
Roasted peanuts – 1/4 cup
Onions – 1/2 cup
Tomato – 1
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric – a pinch
Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Puri – 5-10
Flat puri/Papdi – 5
Fresh coriander – 1/2 cup

Green chutney
Green chillies – 4
Fresh coriander – 1 cup

Tamarind chutney
Tamarind – lemon-sized
Sugar/Jaggery – 1 tsp

Method:

  • Grind the green chillies and coriander with a little water to make the green chutney
  • Grind the tamarind and sugar with a little water to make the tamarind chutney
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
  • Add 1 tablespoon each of green and tamarind chutney
  • You can adjust the quantities of each ingredient as per your liking
  • Serve immediately

Note: You can add grated carrot and finely chopped cucumber to the bhel puri

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