|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 51g||19%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||21%|
|Total Sugars 8g|
|Vitamin C 114mg||569%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A snack with almost iconic status in the western region of India, bhel puri (or bhelpuri) is a low-fat, nutritious, and delicious food. It is a chaat, which is a spicy food that's typically sold via street carts throughout the region.
In general, bhel puri is made with puffed rice and sev (a vermicelli-like snack made from gram flour), both of which are available at Indian markets. These dry ingredients are then mixed with onions, potatoes, and chutney and garnished with papdi (savory biscuits made from flour). It is spicy, but also sweet, tart, and salty and can be adapted to enhance any of those characteristics; the versatility in taste is the beauty of bhel puri.
This puffed rice snack can be eaten by the spoonful or scooped onto a flatbread or chip. It's also sometimes served in and eaten from a paper cone. Bhel puri is enjoyed both hot or cold—either way, it is a tasty snack.
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"Indian street food at its best, this recipe is an exploration of authentic flavors such as puffed rice, chutney, sev, and papdi. These ingredients are tossed together with more traditional ingredients to make an irresistible snack that you will make again and again." — Diana Andrews
3 cups puffed rice
2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled, and chopped into tiny cubes
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 3/4 ounces (50 grams) coriander, about 1/2 bunch, finely chopped
1/4 cup peanuts, roasted and salted
1 green chile, finely chopped, or more to taste
2 tablespoons tamarind chutney, or mint-coriander chutney, plus more to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
1/3 cup sev, for garnish
1 handful papdi, coarsely crushed, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a large bowl, mix the puffed rice, potatoes, onion, tomato, coriander, peanuts, and green chile together.
Add the chutney according to your own taste preferences.
Mix the contents of the bowl together. Add salt to taste and toss again.
Garnish with the sev and papdi. Serve and eat immediately. Enjoy.
- For an extra boost of flavor, try adding 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons of chaat masala when mixing the puffed rice, peanuts, potatoes, onion, tomato, coriander, and green chile.
- Using different types of chutney will change the flavor of the bhei puri. South Indian gunpowder chutney (a dry chutney) will add a good dose of heat, while papaya raisin chutney will add a bit of sweetness.
- If the puffed rice isn't crisp, toast it in a dry skillet over low heat for a minute or two.
- Assemble the bhel puri just before you are going to eat it to prevent the puffed rice from getting soggy.
- To make this snack even more quickly, simply store the puffed rice, sev, and papdi in airtight containers. Pre-make and either refrigerate or freeze the chutney. This allows you to toss the wet and dry ingredients together on a whim and prevents that unwanted sogginess.
- The two chutneys listed in the recipe offer very different flavors, so choose which appeals to you. The tamarind chutney, such as a saunth chutney, is a dark, sweet chutney derived from tamarind and dates. In contrast, mint and coriander chutney uses garlic and green chiles for a bit of spice.
Are there different versions of bhel puri?
The dry version of bhel puri, which originated in Mumbai, is known as bhadang, which is spiced with lemon juice, coriander, and onions. The Kolkata version is called jhal muri, which is much spicier than bhel puri. Another kind is known in Bangalore as churumuri or churmuri, which includes grated carrot and mango.