Mumbai Bhel Puri is an Indian savory snack and Chaat made from puffed rice, vegetables like potatoes, onions and tomatoes and spiced up with different Chaat ki Chutneys . It can be hailed as an iconic dish that has been served as the Mumbai street food for decades now and has suffered no decline in its popularity.
If there would be that one dish that truly reflects the character of Mumbai city, its rich diversity and the cultural amalgamation that has resulted into a unique culture that only a Mumbaikar can relate to, that one dish would definitely be Bhel Puri. In absence of any written record or chronicle it’s hard to tell when did Bhel Puri become a part of Mumbai food culture but a walk on sea-side promenade minus the Bhel Puri stalls is unimaginable.
Bhel Puri is a curious mix of several interesting ingredients- puffed rice, farsan, sev, boiled potatoes, onions, tomatoes, chaat masala and variety of chaat chutneys- mint-coriander chutney, sweet tamarind-date chutney and pungent chili-garlic chutney. The amalgamation of these different ingredients create an amazing blend of flavors that comes hammering down on your taste buds. If you have never tasted Bhel Puri, here’s a piece of advice- don’t expect the subtleness of fine dining. There is nothing subtle about the flavors. Bhel Puri is chaotic, just like the streets where it is served. Its flavors may seem loud and overwhelming but I am pretty convinced that you would love the madness. I have yet to find someone who does not love Bhel Puri.
Off late what has been driving some folks away from these Chaat items is the lack of hygiene observed by the vendors selling them. However, the best part of dishes like Bhel Puri and other Chat items is that it’s easy to make at home. Preparation is the key to a well-made chaat and Chaat ki Chutneys take up bulk of prep time. Chaat is only as good as its chutney. Spend some time and effort making these chutneys and rest of the Bhel would be a cake-walk. I have made a dedicated video for Chaat chutneys wherein I have listed detailed steps for each chutney. With these Chutneys we have made several Chaat items like-
Aloo Tokri Chat
Sev Batata Puri
Corn Aloo Chat
We made these Chaats last year around monsoon, the time of year when taste buds begin craving for fried, savory and spicy food. So this year when monsoon is still going to hang around for some more time, we are posting Bhel Puri.
With that Let’s get going with making one of the most iconic dishes of Mumbai –Bhel Puri- at home.
- 2 Cups=50gms Puffed Rice
- 1 Large=100gms Onion-finely chopped
- 1 medium sized=80gms Tomato- finely chopped
- 1 medium sized=80 gms Potato- boiled and chopped
- Coriander-Mint Green Chutney
- Garlic-Chili Red Chutney
- Date Tamarind- Sweet Chutney
- Papdi and Puris
- ½ cup Spicy orange Gathiya
- ½ cup Plain yellow Gathiya
- ½ cup fine Sev
- ¼th cup Masala Peanuts
- ¼th cup Fresh green coriander leaves-finely chopped
- 1-tsp Chat Masala
- ¼th tsp Black Salt
- 1-tbsp Lemon Juice
- Roast Puffed rice in a a Large Pan. Clean it before roasting and rosat for 4-5 mins until it becomes slightly crisp but does not changes its color.
- In a large bowl, put puffed rice. Add chopped Onion and Tomatoes. Add diced boiled Potatoes and lemon juice and mix well.
- Add Masala Peanuts, Spicy and plain gathiyas, fine sev. Add Chaat Masala, Black Salt.
- Crush Papdi and Puris with your palms and add it to Bhel.
- Finally, add 2-tbsp Green Chutney, 1-tbsp red chutney and 4-tbsp sweet tamarind chutney and mix well.
- Mumbai Bhel Puri is ready to be served now.
- Make this delicious dish for your friends and family and share your feedback with us in comment section below.
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