Dabeli | Dabeli Sandwich

Dabeli is a popular snack and a famous street food from the state of Gujarat. (Wiki mentions that the recipe originated in the Kutch region of Gujarat) It is the Indian burger filled with potato filling and topped up with masala peanuts, pomegranate seeds and sev. Dabeli a mixture of all different tastes and it is a yummy and a filling recipe. It is tangy, it is spicy, it is sweet, and it is pungent too because of the garlic chutney.

I have never explored other cuisines when I was in India. Visiting restaurants was a luxury and even when we go out we order pretty much South Indian food. Once I started working, in that short span of one year before my parents packed me here to USA, I did explore other cuisines but not much. All my food exploration started here in US and the funny thing is I haven’t traveled beyond the South Indian States. But I am going to post all chaat recipes from different states that I have never visited before. I am going to share what I learnt about these recipes and their background. Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions.        GujaratiDabeliDabeli – the chaat that I tried during my first trimester in one of the get-together potlucks. Dabeli means pressed in Gujarati and our friend took the effort of preparing everything bought them well packed and assembled the Dabeli in front of us.  I fell in love with this recipe instantly and got the recipe right away, but didn’t try making it home until recently. I think it was just the mental block that I had in my mind, thinking that it would take long time to prepare this recipe, was stopping me to try this at home.  But believe me it doesn’t take that long at all.  When I prepared Dabeli for the  first time, I felt it was little too spicy for the kiddo, so from then on whenever I prepare this at home, I assemble it in a different way for him. I have mentioned that below too.  I am not sure if I should call this as a snack. I usually prepare this dinner as it is really filling and satisfying.

Ingredients:

For Dabeli:

  • Medium Sized Potatoes – 3
  • Dabeli Masala – 1.5 tbsps (I used store bought)
  • Water – 2 tbsps + 2 tbsps (if required)
  • Salt – 1.5 tsps
  • Oil –  1 tbsp
  • Lime Juice – 1 tbsp
  • Pav Buns or Hawaiian Bun Rolls – 5 to 6
  • Butter / Ghee – for toasting the buns
  • Dates and Tamarind Chutney – 1.5 tbsps + about 1/4 cup for spreading on the bun
  • Garnishings:
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsps
  • Sev – as required
  • Chopped Cilantro – as required
  • Chopped Onion – 1/4 cup
  • Pomegranate seeds – 1/4 cup
  • For masala peanuts:
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Amchur Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Crushed Roasted Peanuts – 1/4 cups
  • Oil – 1 tsp

For Garlic Chutney:

  • Garlic Cloves – 5
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  • Black Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Water 2 tbsps

Prep – Work:

For the Masala:

  • Grate about 2 tbsps coconut and set aside.
  • Chop the onions and cilantro too.
  • Boil the potatoes in your preferred way. I microwaved my potatoes under the potato setting. Let it cool down, peel the skin and mash the potatoes nicely.

BoiledPotatoes

  • Clean the pomegranate, chop them and separate about 1/4 of arils or the edible seeds.

Steps:

Preparing Garlic Chutney:

  • Peel the garlic skin and grind the cloves along with red chili powder and black salt by adding 2 tbsps of water. Here is the pungent garlic chutney.

GarlicChutney

Preparing Masala Peanuts: 

You can use store bought masala peanuts also.

  • Heat the kadai and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add about 1/4 cup of peanuts and the 1/4 tsp of red chilli powder and amchur powder.
  • Roast in medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Once it is cool, crush them in mortar pestle.

Preparing the Dabeli Filling or the Potato Masala:

  • Heat the kadai and add oil.
  • Once the oil is turn to low heat and add the dabeli masala and let it roast for a minute. Make sure the heat is low if not the masala would get burned.
  • Now add 2 tbsps of water and the dates and tamarind chutney and mix well.
  • Let it cook for about 45 seconds and now add the mashed potatoes and salt.
  • Mix them well and if required add 2 more tbsps of water. The filling should not be too dry.

DabeliFillingPreparation

  • Let it cook for couple of minutes and then turn off the heat. Now add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Now place this masala mix in a bowl or plate and press it well.

PressingTheMasalaDabeliGarnishings

  • Then add all the toppings or garnishing – I added grated coconut, sev, chopped onions, cilantro, crushed peanuts and pomegranate arils. Here is the masala filling.

DabeliFilling

Assembling Dabeli:

  • Heat the tawa and add bit of butter or ghee or oil.
  • Slit the pav buns and place them upside down and roast them for about 30 to 45 seconds.
  • Now spread the garlic chutney on one side of the bun and on the other side the dates and tamarind chutney.
  • Scoop out about 2 tbsps of potato filling and place on any one of the sides of pav bun like below.
  • Add more garnishings as per your preference and cover it with the other side.

DabeliAssembling

That’s it. Indian Dabeli Sandwich is ready. Enjoy!!!

Assembling Dabeli for Kids:

(Vaandu prefers it this way and I am sharing the same. Please modify it as per your preference)

  • I use the Hawaiian Sweet bun for the kiddo.
  • I slit them into two and roast them slightly with butter.
  • I skip the garlic chutney and instead add tomato ketchup and add about 1 tbsp of the potato filling and also skip the raw onions and add more sev.

Dabeli

Notes:

  • Adjust the spices and garnishing as per your preference.
  • If required, sugar can be added in the potato mixture.
  • Store bought masala peanuts can be used too.
  • If required, add about 1/4 tsp of red chilli powder to the potato filling.
  • Also adjust the red chilli powder as per your preference for the garlic chutney. This garlic chutney can be prepared in bulk and stored for about a week. I just prepared required quantity for this recipe.

DabeliSandwich

Dabeli | Dabeli Sandwich
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Dabeli - Indian burger filled with potato filling and topped up with masala peanuts, pomegranate seeds and sev with sweet chutney and garlic chutney spread.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
For Dabeli
  1. Medium Sized Potatoes - 3
  2. Dabeli Masala - 1.5 tbsps (I used store bought)
  3. Water - 2 tbsps + 2 tbsps (if required)
  4. Salt - 1.5 tsps
  5. Oil - 1 tbsp
  6. Lime Juice - 1 tbsp
  7. Pav Buns or Hawaiian Bun Rolls - 5 to 6
  8. Butter / Ghee - for toasting the buns
  9. Dates and Tamarind Chutney - 1.5 tbsps + about 1/4 cup for spreading on the bun
Garnishings
  1. Grated Coconut - 2 tbsps
  2. Sev - as required
  3. Chopped Cilantro - as required
  4. Chopped Onion - 1/4 cup
  5. Pomegranate seeds - 1/4 cup
For masala peanuts
  1. Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp
  2. Amchur Powder - 1/4 tsp
  3. Crushed Roasted Peanuts - 1/4 cups
  4. Oil - 1 tsp
For Garlic Chutney
  1. Garlic Cloves - 5
  2. Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
  3. Black Salt - 1/2 tsp
  4. Water 2 tbsps
Prep - Work
    For the Masala
    1. Grate about 2 tbsps coconut and set aside.
    2. Chop the onions and cilantro too.
    3. Boil the potatoes in your preferred way. I microwaved my potatoes under the potato setting. Let it cool down, peel the skin and mash the potatoes nicely.
    4. Clean the pomegranate, chop them and separate about 1/4 of arils or the edible seeds.
    Steps
      Preparing Garlic Chutney
      1. Peel the garlic skin and grind the garlic cloves along with red chili powder and black salt by adding 2 tbsps of water.
      Preparing Masala Peanuts
      1. You can use store bought masala peanuts also.
      2. Heat the kadai and add oil.
      3. Once the oil is hot, add about 1/4 cup of peanuts and the 1/4 tsp of red chilli powder and amchur powder.
      4. Roast in medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes.
      5. Once it is cool, crush them in mortar pestle.
      Preparing the Dabeli Filling or the Potato Masala
      1. Heat the kadai and add oil.
      2. Once the oil is turn to low heat and add the dabeli masala and let it roast for a minute. Make sure the heat is low if not the masala would get burned.
      3. Now add 2 tbsps of water and the dates and tamarind chutney and mix well.
      4. Let it cook for about 45 seconds and now add the boiled mashed potatoes and salt.
      5. Mix them well and if required add 2 more tbsps of water. The filling should not be too dry.
      6. Let it cook for couple of minutes and then turn off the heat. Now add the lemon juice and mix well.
      7. Now place this masala mix in a bowl or plate and press it well.
      8. Then add all the toppings or garnishing - I added grated coconut, sev, chopped onions, cilantro, crushed peanuts and pomegranate arils.
      Assembling Dabeli
      1. Heat the tawa and add bit of butter or ghee or oil.
      2. Slit the pav buns and place them upside down and roast them for about 30 to 45 seconds.
      3. Now spread the garlic chutney on one side of the bun and on the other side the dates and tamarind chutney.
      4. Scoop out about 2 tbsps of potato filling and place on any one of the sides of pav bun like below.
      5. Add more garnishings as per your preference and cover it with the other side.
      6. That's it. Indian Dabeli Sandwich is ready. Enjoy!!!
      Assembling Dabeli for Kids
      1. (Vaandu prefers it this way and I am sharing the same. Please modify it as per your preference)
      2. I use the Hawaiian Sweet bun for the kiddo.
      3. I slit them into two and roast them slightly with butter.
      4. I skip the garlic chutney and instead add tomato ketchup and add about 1 tbsp of the potato filling and also skip the raw onions and add more sev.
      Notes
      1. Adjust the spices and garnishing as per your preference.
      2. If required, sugar can be added in the potato mixture.
      3. Store bought masala peanuts can be used too.
      4. If required, add about 1/4 tsp of red chilli powder to the potato filling.
      5. Also adjust the red chilli powder as per your preference for the garlic chutney. This garlic chutney can be prepared in bulk and stored for about a week. I just prepared required quantity for this recipe.
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      3. Sowmya:)

        Dabeli looks so good…just like the ones and on the streets of Mumbai! And you are right, it is so filling that you can hardly eat anything after. Yummm

      4. Absolutely true Srividhya, Dabeli is a quite filling snack and can very well substitute meal.. I generally make it for Sunday dinner, as on Sundays we generally skip lunch and have early dinner. My whole family loves it. You have tempted me to make it again :)

      5. usha

        Even I tasted dabeli only recently. Your dabeli has come out very well and pictures are inviting. Though the process looks long, I am sure it was not as tedious as it looks. Even if it is, I am sure it is worth all the effort.

      6. Am salivating at each step Vidhya ! Well done :)) the dabeli looks amazing !! Can I be ur 2ns “vaandu” for a day or two :))) wudnt mind someone making these treats for me 😊

      7. Such lovely dabelis Srividhya..even without having ever tasted you have come up with such delicious looking ones..food is so global now, not confined to one region and area. Being in a different space we can still explore different cuisines being right in our kitchen!..so I am sure your versions will end up being awesome..rock on!

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