April 17, 2010

Kacchi Dabeli

Dabeli is again a hot favorite chaat item of Indians. I never knew we can make it at home. It is very easy to make if you have dabeli masala available. Check out for this masala in any Indian store.

Dabeli potato mixture
Ingredients: Serves: 2

For potato mixture:

Chopped Onion 2 Tbsp (opt)
Chopped Tomato 2 Tbsp (opt)
2-3 medium size potatoes
Dabeli masala
Red Chili powder per taste
Salt per taste
1/4 cup chopped coriander

For Garlic-Coconut Chutney (optional):
6-7 garlic cloves
1 tbsp dried/fresh grated coconut
Salt, red chili powder as per taste

For Green Chutney:

Handful of fresh corriander
1 Tsp Cumin seeds
sale per taste
Lemon Juice per taste
or you can also look at my Vegetable Sandwich post for the recipe of Green Chutney.

For Tamarind Chutney: Click here

Pomegranate seeds (optional)
1 medium onion - chopped
2-3 tsp Oil
4 plain Buns
Salt as per taste


Dabeli potato mixture
Potato mixture:

1. Boil, peel and smash potatoes. Heat oil in a skillet, saute onion, and tomato. Add about 1 - 2 tbsp of kacchi dabeli masala, red chilli powder and salt as per taste. Add smashed potatoes to it. Mix well. And let it cook for 3-5 minutes.

2. Set this mixture in a plate, garnish it with coriander and grated fresh coconut and let it cool.

Masala Peanuts:

Take roasted peanuts. Heat some ghee/butter in a small skillet. Add peanuts to it. Saute them for 3-4 minutes. Then add salt , little dhaniya jeera powder and red chili powder to them as per taste.

Garlic-Coconut chutney:

Grind garlic, coconut, salt and red chili powder together. Add water as required to it. This chutney is as watery as tamarind chutney.

Green Chutney:

Grind all ingredients to form a paste.

To make dabeli take a bun and cut it into 2 halves; top and base. Take the top bun and spread both the chutneys (garlic and green) on its lower side. Spread tamarind chutney on both the buns. Spread potato mixture, chopped onion, few masala peanuts, and few pomegranate seeds on one of the buns. Now place the top part on the lower so as to form the original bun again and spread some butter on outer sides of both the parts. Heat a pan and place dabeli on it. When the base turn little brown, invert the bun and repeat this for upper half. Put some sev on top and serve hot.

I will soon add the complete Dabeli picture.


  1. Great one Sayali. I make it at home, but never did it this way of doing potato mix in a plate. I will surely try it next time.

  2. Setting this in a plate is just to make equal parts of the mixture. Ultimately we take a single piece at a time,break it and spread it evenly on the bread

  3. OMG, i am dying to eat dabeli :) this looks so delicious!! do u have recipe for dabeli masala as well?

  4. Hi R... :) Thanks for dropping by at my blog..
    Here are the ingredients for dabeli masala.

    2 Cloves
    1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
    2 black pepper
    Salt to taste
    2 tsp amchur powder
    1 tsp sugar
    1 Dry red chili
    Few cumin seeds

    Roast all the above ingredients and grind them to a fine powder

  5. This new to me I have never heard or tasted this before but sounds alittle like pav bhaji.I am going to try it especilly as you have given ingredients for the dabeli masala in comments too.
    My 1st visit here and loving your space.Following your blog.Do drop by to simply.food sometime.

  6. This is new to me.. looks so yummy. I am going to try this soon and bookmarked it. Us


  7. This is new to us. Looks very tempting!!

  8. Awesome post. Just wanted to rectify - You have written Kachi. Its actually Kacchi Dabeli. (Kacch is a place in Gujarat where Dabelis originate)

  9. The images that you posted are of dhoklas. Not of Dabeli. Its misleading.

  10. Its not misleading. This is the dabeli spread which we insert in between the breads/pavs. Sorry if it is confusing. This is a very old post and I need to update the pictures. I will add the complete dabeli picture :)


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