Dabeli/ Kutchi Dabeli

Dabeli is a popular street food that originated in Kutch, Gujarat in India. Hence it is also known as kutchi or kachchi dabeli! It is a common and popular street food in Mumbai too. It is easy to spot tiny carts selling this yummy snack, doting the cities busy street.

So what is Dabeli anyway? You might wonder what this strange sounding food item is if you have never had it before. It consists of a dinner roll slathered with date-tamarind chutney on one side and spicy red chilli garlic chutney on the other side, stuffed with a spicy, sweet and tangy potato filling that is topped with various other goodies like masala peanuts, pomegranate, sev, chopped onions and cilantro! Quite a big description there for a few bites of these somewhat Indian version of a mini slider or sloppy joes!

Back home in Mumbai, these were a regular affair post work hours. Basically any kind of chaat item was! Be it paani puri, sev puri, ragda patties, bhel puri, Bombay sandwiches, omelette pav, frankies (wraps)ย or Dabeli to name a few. I really missed having these here in the US, so like many of the street foodstuff that are unavailable in my part of the world here. I make it at home and it is a very satisfying experience. If you love to cook then you wouldn’t see it as a Herculean task.

So a lot of elements go into these-

– Pav or ย dinner rolls ( You can find a failproof, step by step pictorial for soft and fluffiest pav/pao’s here)

– Dabeli masala

Date-tamarind chutney

Red chilli garlic chutney

– Masala peanuts

– Potato mixture

I’ve made everything at home except for the dabeli masala powder. I purchased a packet long ago, and still have to finish it off. The list of ingredients that go into making this masala are staple pantry spices, so next time I intend making it at home and will update the recipe for the spice mix here. I made the pav a day before, and I always have a jar of date-Tamarind chutney in my refrigerator. The red chilli garlic chutney cannot be stored for long, however it is quite quick and easy to whip that up! The potato mixture hardly takes about 10 minutes too, provided you have boiled potatoes ready. As for the masala peanuts, not much to do there either. You can prepare the pav, masala peanuts and chutneys the night before. So putting this together is super easy and quick without much hassles. It is great for potlucks, parties or also nice to enjoy on those days when you need a break from your regular food ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients- Measuring cup used, 1 Cup = 250 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml

For the filling-

3 potatoes, boiled & mashed/grated, about 2 cups of shredded boiled potatoes

3 tablespoons date & tamarind chutney ( Click here for the recipe)

2 teaspoons lime juice

2 tablespoons dabeli masala

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon butter

Salt to taste

For the masala peanuts-

1 cup roasted peanuts

2 teaspoons red chilli powder

1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder

salt to taste

1 tablespoon oil

Other ingredients-

4 pav’s / dinner roll’s

Handful of masala peanuts

3-4 tablespoons pomegranate arils

Nylon sev, as required

1-2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves

1/4 cup finely chopped onions

Red chilli garlic chutney, as requiredย ( Click here for the recipe)

Date & tamarind chutney as requiredย ( Click here for the recipe)


For the masala peanuts-

1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add in roasted peanuts, toss it in the oil for a minute.

2. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Toss to coat the spices with the peanuts. Cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat. Switch off the heat, transfer to a plate.

For the filling-

1.Heat oil + butter in a pan.ย Add mashed potatoes, along with salt, sugar, dabeli masala & 2-3 tablespoons of water. Mix well, and saute until the spices are fragrant and cooked well.

2. Now add date-tamarind chutney and lime juice. Mix well, and cook till the mixture becomes dry and leaves the sides of the pan.

3. Transfer the mixture to a serving platter and spread it evenly, top with masala peanuts, finely chopped cilantro, chopped onions, pomegranate arils & nylon sev.

To assemble the dabeli-

1.Slit the pav horizontally without cutting all the way through.ย Spread red chilli garlic chutney on one side and date-tamarind chutney on the other side of the pav.

2. Place a layer of the potato stuffing, top it with finely chopped onions and masala peanuts. Prepare the remaining 3 pav’s in the same way.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, toast the dabeli on both sides, pressing it slightly, till done.

4. Roll the sides of the dabeli in nylon sev, so that the sev sticks to the mixture on all 3 sides. Serve with more masala peanuts & chopped onions on the side.

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  1. Rshmi says:

    It looks yummicious but key thing is debeli masala and that recipe is not provided. It is not easily available at all places. Some don’t even taste up to the mark

    • Freda Dias says:

      Hi Rshmi! Yes I agree the masala is important. We get it easily here in the US in most Indian stores. Like I mentioned in my post, I will update this recipe soon with more pictures of making the dabeli masala.

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