Bhel puri is a popular Indian street snack made using puffed rice, sev, an assortment of vegetables, spices, some addictive chutneys and of course flat puri or papdi. With its combination of spicy, sweet and tangy flavours, bhel puri is a treat to one’s taste buds. Oh, and did we mention about the variety of textures? Although nobody is clear about the origin of bhel puri, a popular belief is that it was invented in the street food stalls of Mumbai and is inspired by the traditional Maharashtrian munchy called bhadang. Another story goes – the bhel puri recipe is Mumbai-based Gujaratis’ take on the North Indian chaat. Origin aside, over the years, there have been multiple variations of the humble bhel puri for chaat lovers. While Kolkata swears by its jhalmuri, which is bhel puri with a dash of mustard oil, Mysore and Mangalore are happy with churmuri which is loaded with veggies such cucumbers and carrots.
Bhel Puri Recipe
Want to make something hatke yet light for your evening snack? Go for this bhel puri recipe and we bet it won’t disappoint. This simple bhel puri recipe can be prepared in 5 minutes (provided you’ve got all your ingredients in place) and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Ingredients for Bhel Puri Recipe
2 cups puffed rice
½ cup tomatoes, finely chopped
½ cup onion, finely chopped
½ cup potato; boiled, peeled and mashed
¼ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 medium-sized green chilli, finely chopped
¼ cup unsalted peanuts, toasted
5 papdi, crushed
¾ cup nylon sev
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tbsp mint and coriander chutney
2 tbsp tamarind and date chutney
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Method for Bhel Puri Recipe:
1. Take a big bowl and add all the ingredients to it except for the puffed rice, sev, coriander leaves and crushed papdi. Mix well.
2. Add the remaining ingredients just before serving to ensure that the puffed rice, papdi and sev don’t get soggy. Your bhel puri is ready! Garnish it with some freshly chopped coriander leaves.
More Bhel Puri Recipes
Now that you know how to master the regular bhel puri recipe, here are some variants that you can experiment with!
High-protein Bhel Puri Recipe
Chef Ripudaman Handa’s healthy and filling take on the popular street snack is this high-protein bhel puri recipe. He adds a generous portion of sprouts and muesli flakes to the usual bhel puri recipe and we love it! For a step-by-step recipe, click here. This is just one way to include sprouts in your everyday meals, here are 8 more ways to do so.
Craving for bhel puri but your daily quota of indulging in street food is done? Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered! Here’s Chef Ranveer Brar’s mixed bean bhel which combines Indian and Mexican flavours. Here’s the step-by-step recipe to make mixed bean bhel.
Calling all Indo-Chinese food lovers, here’s LF expert Gurdip Kohli Punj’s nanhi munni bhel. She makes it with a cup of crispy fried noodles, spring onions, tomatoes and a bunch of sauces typically used in Indo-Chinese recipes. Check out nanhi munni bhel’s step-by-step recipe.
Corn Flakes Bhel Recipe
Chef Ranveer Brar gives bhel puri a healthy twist yet again. This corn flakes bhel recipe is a treat to anyone looking out for low-cal snack recipes. What’s more? He serves it with caramelised banana and orange.
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Sev Puri Recipe
Another popular street snack, after bhel puri, of course; is sev puri – a combination of papdi (crispy flat puri), mashed potatoes and onions. It is topped with green chutney, date-tamarind chutney and some nylon sev.
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