Bhelpuri

    Bhelpuri is a snack synonymous with the beaches of Mumbai (Bombay). The snack is available all across India, and may
    be known by different names – ‘Jhaal Muri’ in Kolkata (Calcutta). It is usually made with puffed rice, Bhujiya, (fried
    snack made from gram flour), freshly chopped vegetables and two different ‘chutneys’ - one spicy chutney made of green
    chilli and the other sweet chutney made of dates or tamarind.

    Serves 6:
    Preparation time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients:
  • Puffed Rice / Rice Crisps – 250 gm
  • Potato, boiled and chopped into small pieces – 2 medium
  • Onion, finely chopped – 1 big
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped – 1 large
  • Indian Snack Mixture – 200 gm (Also known as ‘Haldiram's Bombay Mix’.)
  • Bhujiya – 100 gm (Also known as ‘Sev’.)
  • Fresh Coriander, chopped – handful.

    Green Chutney: Blend all the ingredients listed below (in a blender) to make a paste. (Takes 2 minutes.)
  • Coriander – one small bunch.
  • Green Chillies – 4
  • Lime Juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Water – few teaspoons to make a smooth paste. (Exact quantity would depend on type of blender used.)

    Sweet and sour chutney:
    Boil everything listed below (except chillie cumin powder) till they reduce by half. Blend to a paste and let it cool. Mix the
    chillie cumin powder. Taste the chutney and modify to own taste. (Takes 15 minutes.)
  • Tamarind pulp – 50 gm
  • Pitted dates, chopped – 6
  • Jaggery – 150 gm
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Hot Water – 250 ml
  • Roasted Chillie Cumin Powder – ½ teaspoon (or as per taste.)


    Method:
  • Boil potatoes and cut into small pieces. Chop onions and tomatoes into small pieces.

  • Take puffed rice OR rice crisps in a large bowl, add the potato, onion, tomato, Indian snack mixture and mix well.

  • On your plate, serve the bhelpuri mixture. Pour a few teaspoons (as per taste) of both the chutneys on top of the bhelpuri.

  • Sprinkle some ‘bhujiya’ and some freshly chopped coriander on top.

  • Serve straightaway while it is still crispy and fresh!


    Variation:
    Add pomegranate seeds or diced raw mango for better taste. Add freshly chopped green chillies if you like the bhelpuri to
    be extra hot!

    Tips:
    Puffed rice and rice crisps turn soggy very quickly when left out in the air. Serve straightaway while it is still crispy and
    fresh!