How to Make Dabeli: A Popular Gujarati Street Food Snack

Updated on July 12, 2020
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Dabeli
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Sweet and Salty Snack

Dabeli is a popular sweet and salty snack from the Kutch region of Gujarat state of India. It is also known as Kutchi dabeli, kacchi dabeli, and double roti. The buns used in this recipe are Indian-style whole wheat flour buns, which are plain and unsweetened.

Do give this snack a try and share your feedback in the comments below!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 teaspoons oil
  • 10 to 12 pao/pav/indian buns
  • 8 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled, and mashed
  • imli (tamarind chutney), to taste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons dabeli masala
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons salted or masala peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons anar ke dane (pomegrate pearls), since we did not have pomegranate pearls we have used tutti frutti instead
  • nylon sev, to taste
  • salted butter, as needed
  • water, as needed

Instructions

  1. Put the oil in a non-stick pan and let it heat up on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, reduce the heat to low and add the dabeli masala. Mash the masala well since this is a wet type of masala. When it is soft, stir-cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the mashed potatoes and half the peanuts and mix well. Add the salt and mix again. Add a little water and the sugar and mix until all the ingredients are well combined. Add more water if needed to facilitate proper mixing.
  3. Once the mixture is uniformly combined, transfer it to a plate and spread it evenly.
  4. Spread a layer on the chopped onions on the spread potato mixture. Then add some pomegranate pearls or tutti frutti and some peanuts.
  5. Assemble the dabeli: Make a cut in the middle of a bun from one side about 3/4 the of the way in. Apply a layer of tamarind chutney, sprinkle some chopped onions and spread about 1 tablespoon of the potato mixture. Put in some pomegranate pearls or tutti frutti and close the bun. Repeat the process with all the buns.
  6. When all the buns are ready, toast them. To toast, heat a pan on low heat then put a little butter on it. Place the bun on the butter and toast both sides until golden. Transfer to a plate.
  7. To serve, roll the bun in the nylon sev to coat both sides. Garnish with a sprinkle of the nylon sev, a little chopped onion. Streak a thick layer of tamarind chutney on the plate.

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I'm glad you like these recipes, Peggy. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Nithya.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      You are teaching us so much about common street foods available in India. Sweet and salty is a good flavor combination. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 weeks ago from Dubai

      This recipe is delicious, I will try this one. Thank you for sharing.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      It is certainly a treat to have it, Devika. Thank you for regularly visiting my articles.

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      Devika Primic 

      2 weeks ago

      Wow! This sounds a treat. You share good recipes and with detail explanation. Thank you

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Umesh.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Miebakagh.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I believe the Indian stores would carry these ingredients. Thanks for the visit, Bill.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Your visit is much appreciated, Manuela.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      This bread can be prepared at home with ingredients commonly available everywhere, Pamela. Thanks for stopping by.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      It has a lot of varied flavours. I'm sure you will relish it, Flourish.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      I’m usually a fan of anything with bread. This looks interesting. I bet I’d like this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't know if I could get pao/pav/indian buns, but I would love to try this recipe as it sounds very good. You seem to have an endless supply of great recipes, Rajan.

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      Manuela 

      3 weeks ago from Portugal

      Seems delicious but I don't know some of the ingredients.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      There are ingredients in this recipe I have never heard of. I wonder if they are available in the States? Possible, I guess, in Indian neighborhoods in the larger cities.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      3 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Rajah, this is nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      It is a street food but your recipe is worth celebrating. Thanks.

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