Monday, 1 June 2015


I and my sister are thousands of miles apart physically, also we are a world apart in many beliefs and ideology, that sometimes we end up in a little argument.

We both are foodie, we both grew up in the same house but our approaches to food or cooking make us apart. She is not an enthusiastic cook, gets bored to death with lengthy or complicated recipes.

Only simple everyday meals are enough for her. She and her family love to gorge on street food never forgets to dine in restaurants at least once or twice in a month.

Many times I tell her that your taste buds have been corrupted through unhygienic and junk foods ;)

She tells me she doesn't have patience like I have, especially in the cooking, also everything available ready-made right to her door, so why to bother in waste time in the kitchen! She believes there is something magical about such food served in open busy streets. Nutritious or healthy words are not in her dictionary, she is comfortable if her child goes out and eat any kind of food. Once or twice she took a few recipes from me, I still have my doubt :P

Whenever I visit India, she insists that I indulge in street food too. I do give up and we both enjoy together. No doubt that seductive street food offers a myriad of flavours, I must admit they are sumptuous, rich and aromatic dishes which awakens your senses. Your arteries will tighten at the sight, but your taste buds will thank you !!

There are many most popular street food all over India, every region has its own speciality of all-time favourite street foods.

Gujarat, state in the western part of India is a primarily a vegetarian state thus majority food is vegetarian. Street food in Gujarat, is so popular, and DABELI or KUTCHI DABELI is one of them getting huge popularity throughout other parts of India too.

Dabeli literally ( means pressed ) in Gujarati, is hails from the city of Kutch region in Gujarat, same region, became a victim of the powerful earthquake which struck on 26th January 2001. I was fortunate enough to visit this beautiful place during my childhood-teenage days in mid 80's and tasted Kutchi dabeli first ever time, although it didn't make it through other parts of Gujarat that time. Almost 20 years ago I got hold of Dabeli Masala ( direct from kutch )  from my childhood friend who is settled in Kutch, since then I have been making Kutchi dabeli in my very own kitchen as I always have this undying wish to recreate all kinds of food in my kitchen, because when you are a foodie you draw inspiration from anywhere and anywhere.

Over the last weekend, we gorged on these as daughter came to meet us and she was craving for something tangy, spicy and sweet. We did not go to the restaurants but made at home and enjoyed a lot :)

Gujarati Kutchi Dabeli, a humongous super delicious dish and the taste is so unforgettable. It's full of carb, so if you're counting your carb intake, sorry this is not for you ! I have been making Dabeli for many years, and have learnt a few things through trial and errors.

In the past I have used onion, tomatoes and green chillies in the filling, used various type of chutneys too. But I guess this is the right post to share my little tips with you. It left us utterly content, and couldn't stop at one! I am assuming this recipe will match with the flavours of the street sold ones!

Gujarati Kutchi Dabeli, Kutchi dabeli recipe
Gujarati Indian
Yield: 8-10 serving



Dabeli is a Super tasty, spicy, sweet and tangy Indian sandwich, filled with spicy mashed potato, garnished with roasted peanuts and pomegranate seeds and doused in sweet, spicy and tangy chutney.
prep time: 30 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 40 M


  • 500 g Boiled potatoes
  • 6-7 tbsp. oil
  • 3-4 tbsp Sugar
  • 2-3 tsp. Red chilli powder kashmiri
  • to taste Salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. Dabeli Masala
  • 100 g Pomegranate seeds
  • 3-4 tbsp. freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • 150ml Mixed Fruit Jam Chutney
  • 100ml sweet tamarind and garlic chutney
  • one dozen Buns or Baps
  • 100g Masala spicy peanuts
  • 150g Nylon sev
  • 10-12 tsp. Butter
  • 4-5 tbsp. Red onion finely chopped



  1. Mashed the boiled potatoes and leave it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mashed potatoes and keep mashing and mixing.
  3. Add salt and sugar, keep stirring till sugar melts.
  4. Now add red chilli powder and dabeli masala and cook the potato mixture for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. If the mixture is too dry, add a couple of tablespoons of water. 
  6. Transfer the potato mixture into another bowl, let it cool.
  7. Add 1/3 of the pomegranate seeds and half coriander leaves.
  8. When ready to serve slice the bun but keep one side intact.
  9. Spread jam chutney on both sides of the bun, fill 2-3 tbsp potato mixture and leave it aside.
  10. Heat flat tawa or griddle and add butter, when it melts fry the buns on both sides by pressing lightly.
  11. Open top side of the bun, top with more chutney, sev, pomegranate seeds, onion and fresh coriander.
  12. Cover it again and enjoy!


Adjust spiciness according to your tastes.
If nylon sev is not available use thicker ones.
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  1. I love Dabeli.... in its original form.. The pictures are super inviting...

  2. excellent.. pls let me know what is mixed fruit chutney, I am from Kenya, East Africa, thnx

    1. K. Yusuf thank you for visiting my space. Please go through Dabeli ingredients list, click on the mixed fruit jam chutney, you will get the recipe from this link. Hope this helps. here is the link

  3. excellent... pls let me know what is mixed fruit jam chutney, I live in Kenya, East Africa, thnx


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