Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bhel!

This dish doesn't need an introduction. One of the oldest street foods around, bhel started many a street food lari (thela). And most of them, whether they are from Kashmir or Tamil Nadu, say Bombay bhel. As much as I love the street version my home made one is a favorite too. And its really quick and easy to make. Most of the items in the dish have a reasonable shelf life. And chutneys, tomatoes and onions are usually a staple in the pantry and fridge. We usually make it on Sundays when a leisurely lunch takes long to digest. 
Kurmura, in the street version are in the raw form. I season them for extra flavor. The sev I use is also of the thicker variety, not the typical nylon sev available outside. Peanuts and anardana add a crunch and sweet, juicy bite to the dish. 

Ingredients:

A big bowl (6 cups) of kurmura, (puffed rice), about 3 cups per person
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 cup thick sev
1 large tomato, diced fine
1 large onion, diced fine
1 medium potato, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
Tamarind chutney
Coriander, chopped fine (optional)
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds, anardana (optional)
1/3 cup fried peanuts (optional)
Salt

Heat oil in a large wok. Add jeera and when it starts to crackle, add turmeric, chili powder and salt. Then add the kurmura and mix well. The entire batch should be evenly golden in color. 
In a large mixing bowl, put the kurmura, tamarind chutney, coriander chutney, potato, onions, tomato, peanuts, anardana, coriander and sev. Save some anardana, sev, onions and tomato for garnish. Mix evenly but with a light hand. You can use a spoon or mix by hand. Taste and adjust for taste. Serve in a bowl and garnish with sev, anardana, tomatoes and onions. Eat immediately else it will get soggy. Enjoy!

17 comments:

sangeeta said...

Loving it... we had a chaat lunch today and this one reminds me of that. :)
we like it for our evening snacking or sometimes for a light sunday lunch , when the breakfast has been heavy .

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Modha ma pani avi gayu...our fav snack...! I've posted too my version of it...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Bhel looks crispy and crunchy. Looks delicious.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Rachel said...

perfect..mine sometimes ends in a soggy mess.

Priya said...

Slurp, very inviting bhel...

aipi said...

It is one of my most favorite light snack... love the green chutney you have made.

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mrs K said...

My favorite bhel,I enjoyed the use of anardana,and I can bet on the crunchiness and bite it adds to the bhel. I also love jhal muri a sour version of bhel :)

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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that look like the cup, I would like to grab and eat it right away.

SS blogs here said...

Time to make bhel.. your pic served as such a lovely reminder!

Veggie Hut said...

I love them.. Irressitable!

Love to cook said...

umm . i so wish to have it now. great to have an hour or two before the gym!

Soumya said...

wow...crispy,colorful and very tempting bhel...yummy

Vandana Rajesh said...

bhel is definitely an all time favorite..looks so good.

swapna said...

Bhel look too good....love it!!

Archana said...

It is my family's favourite! Lovely !

Toyin O. said...

Looks yummy, thnaks for sharing.

padma priya said...

Wow, a good street food,no need of going to chat bhandars.
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