Dabeli is a snack consisting of hot and spicy potato mash stuffed between pieces of 2 breads (called Pav) and topped with cilantro, spicy peanuts and pomegranate seeds.
My favorite Dabeli was the one from a roadside vendor sold outside my college back in India. We went to this vendor for a quick afternoon snack in between the classes, and dabeli was one of the many savories this guy used to sell to bunch of college going teenagers. When I finished college and couldn’t get my regular dabeli fix, I would pester my mom to make dabeli at home. Surprisingly, I haven’t made it too often once I came to the US and this winter weekend seemed like a perfect excuse to indulge in some hot and spicy dabeli. This recipe has been adapted from vegrecipesofindia.com. The dabeli masala used in this recipe can be found in any Indian store which sells spices.
Difficulty level: Easy
Category: Entrée, snacks
- 1-2 tablespoons oil
- ½ tablespoon cumin seeds
- 2-3 potatoes
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4-5 tablespoons dabeli masala
- ½ tablespoon coriander cumin powder
- ½ lemon
- Salt to taste
- Hamburger or some kind of buns
- Finely chopped cilantro
- Pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Boil the potatoes. Once boiled, finely mash them. Chop the onions and cilantro finely.
- Heat oil in a shallow pan, and add cumin seeds. Heat until the seeds sputter. Next add the onions and sauté them until they are soft. Add the mashed potatoes.
- Add dabeli masala, salt, coriander cumin powder, lemon juice and give the potatoes a proper mix. Garnish it with cilantro and pomegranate seeds.
- Cut the buns in half, butter them and roast them on the pan. Put the stuffing in the roasted buns, add some more cilantro, and pomegranate seeds to the stuffing on the bun and the dabeli is assembled!