Friday Monsoon Magic -Dabeli

July 6, 2007 at 3:00 pm 13 comments

Incessant rains and frequent powercuts have kept me off blogging for the past week. Getting to work and back seemed like a big ordeal when rain Gods decided to visit us for 3-4 days continuously. The only positive aspect was the lovely rainy weather (which makes you creep under a blanket with a book in hand, music and some thing to nibble) encouraged me to try some spicy hot recipes.


Today, for my Friday -Monsoon Magic series I have a recipe for Kutchi Dabeli or Double Roti. As the name suggests this recipe finds its origin in the Kutch region of Gujrat. But this has become a very popular street food here. You will find ‘Dabeli centres’ (carts) selling them on almost every street corner. The key flavor for Dabeli comes from its Masala-Dabeli Masala. I used the Masala, which one of my Kutchi friend has gifted me and which I use so carefully as if it were made of gold- its that precious.:) Dabeli Masala is readily available in most of the stores.

__________________________________________________________                                                            Dabeli recipe

For 4 Dabelis


4 Pavs or bread Buns

2 tsp Butter (optional) 

For the filling:

2 large Potatoes, boiled & mashed

1 tbsp Dabeli Masala

½ cup Tamarind Chutney

½ tsp Sugar

Salt to taste

2-3 tsp oil 

For Garnishing:

½ cup Masala peanuts (Roasted peanuts sautéed with red chilli powder and salt)

½ cup pomegranate seeds

4-5 tsps red chili garlic chutney

2 medium sized onions, finely chopped

1 cup Nylon sev

Fresh Coriander leaves 

For the filling:

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mashed potatoes, about ½ cup water and salt.

Mix nicely and then add the Dabeli Masala. Mix nicely and let it boil.

Add the sugar and ½ of the tamarind chutney. Cook till the consistency of the mixture is thick or till the moisture is absorbed.

Remove this in a flat plate and spread it evenly.

Spread the Masala peanuts, Pomegranate seeds (you can also add half cut grapes or tuti fruity in addition to the pomegranate seeds), chopped onion, Sev and fresh coriander leaves layer by layer on the potato mixture.   

For the Pav / Bun

Cut the Pav horizontally without cutting through. Apply butter on both sides (optional) and lightly toast on a skillet/tava, pressing with a flat spoon. 

Assembling the Dabeli

Spread Red chilli garlic chutney between the two halves of the Pav. Then spread the Tamarind chutney. Evenly spread the Potato mixture. Garnish with some more Sev and Masala peanuts. 

Toast on the skillet for 1-2 minutes. Serve Hot.


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bee  |  July 6, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    omg, that is luscious. i love the way it looks. haven’t eaten pomegranate in a long while.

  • 2. giniann  |  July 6, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    yeah, i love the rains for exactly the same reason. Perfect excuse to be lazy and eat spicy food.

  • 3. gauri  |  July 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Yummy!! easy to make and tastes like heaven.

    Thanks for the recipe :)


  • 4. bhags  |  July 6, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    I am planning a visit to India and so am making a list of all things which I want to eat and cook there. This one looks yummy and goes on the top….

  • 5. Asha  |  July 6, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    That is a fabulous looking Dabeli.YUMMY! I got some Pomgranate seeds the other day from India store,love to make these.Thanks girl.
    I am going to post for your event WBB #13 shortly at Aroma!:)

  • 6. Usha  |  July 6, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    delicious looking Dabeli!!!! apt snack while reading book.

  • 7. Sakshi  |  July 7, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Sigh, another thing I miss.. remember eating it at the street corner :D
    I will try to hunt for the masala here. This looks simple to make.

  • 8. Suganya  |  July 7, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Pomegranate seeds in a savoury dish..hmm.. thats new!

  • 9. Jyothsna  |  July 7, 2007 at 11:03 am

    I love dabeli! I need to find that magic masala here – without that it just won’t have that kick!!
    @ Thank you all of you. Let me know whenever you all try it out.
    Jyothsna-You can find the recipe for the masala on Sanjeev kapoor’s site, though I haven’t tried it myself. It looks quite simple to make. I can E-mail it to you if you want.Let me know.
    Sakshi – One more reason to come home :lol:
    Asha – As I said earlier, I am looking forward very eagerly what you have come up with this time.You always amaze mw with your recipes and your energy!
    Bhags- Let me know when you are visiting and will treat you to the best Dabeli in town (mine) ;)

  • 10. Shella  |  September 11, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    I love the way this looks, but forgive my being naive but what is “dabeli masala”. Do you have a recipe for it??

  • 11. shubha  |  January 24, 2008 at 6:21 am

    hey lovely recipe… i miss the dabeli so much…. always used to eat it near the mulund station in mumbai… hmmm… where can i get the masala here in US…. thats the sad part… can u mail me the recipe of the masala… it wud be helpful……:)
    mail me at

    and hey keep blogging u have an amazing blog here…:)

  • 12. Pooja  |  March 14, 2009 at 5:25 am

    It looks delicious…would love to try it out. Do you know where can I find the dabeli masala?

    • 13. soni poonam p  |  September 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      yes u cn gt dabeli masala from us pls cont 0097336443401 /13636401


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