Dabeli Recipe

Kutchi dabeli | Dabeli pav | Gujarati street food | Snack

Recipe / food styling / photography by - Sunayana Gupta


Dabeli is a very popular street food recipe that hails from Gujarati cuisine particularly from Kutch district and that is the reason why it is also known as Kutchi Dabeli. You can call Dabeli the Indian style Burger or cousin of the famous Mumbai Pav Bhaji - though apart from the main ingredients like pav, butter, potatoes…the remaining ones are quite different and the assembling too.

During my recent trip to Ahemdabad I was more tempted to taste this wonderful snack as Khaman Dhokala, Khakhra, Khichu, Muthiya are nothing new and I make them often. So when the first time I tried Dabeli on a roadside stall, I was literally mesmerized by the taste and texture - it was a wonderful mix of flavors savory, spicy, sweet, tangy, garlicy all in one.

So many elements put together on a plate and in complete harmony! Yes…that’s the uniqueness of this dish!!

So, let us talk about the Elements of Dabeli -

Buttered Pav or Buns - Make sure that they are fresh, soft and airy.

Filling - Spicy filling made of boiled potatoes and assorted spices are the soul of Dabeli. A ‘Not So Good Filling’ means that the dish is completely ruined. There should be a perfect ratio of sweet, savory, spicy and tangy notes.

Chutneys - If Filling is the soul of Dabeli, then Chutneys are the oxygen. Basically 2 types of chutneys are used for making Dabeli - Sweet Tamarind Chutney and Spicy Garlic Chutney. Now one thing is very important that these chutneys should have a perfect consistency I.e. neither too ‘Thick’ as it doesn’t spreads well on the bread, not too ‘Runny’ either, since it makes the pav soggy.

Dabeli Masala - No Dabeli is complete without a generous sprinkle of this masala that adds an extra punch to the flavors. I strongly recommend making this ‘Dabeli Masala’ at home so that you can have a freshly made aromatic blend of spices that is impossible to achieve in case you are buying it from the market.

Toppings - These assorted toppings of fried peanuts, sev, farsaan, coriander, pomegranate seeds, ginger, green chilli take your dish to the next level not only in terms of ‘Taste’, but also in ‘Presentation’. So never compromise on this side.

Now, as you see that all these elements except sev or farsaan are homemade. Though for the first timers this might seem like a whole lot of work, but trust me after good results you are going to pat on your back  :) 

Over to the recipe now …!

If your family loves ‘Spicy Food’, then never miss to serve fried green chilly with Dabeli.

When on a weekend you are trying making Dabeli in your kitchen, then do not miss to serve along a glass of Chaas to balance the spicy notes.

Though Chutneys are layered on Dabeli pav, but if you are serving it to your guests or may be in a get together at home, then make Dabeli with moderate spice quotient and serve assorted chutneys, chopped chilli, onion, pomegranate, farsaan and masala separately in bowls so that everyone can enjoy the dish to their preference.

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Dabeli recipe - Dabeli is a very popular street food recipe that hails from Gujarati cuisine particularly from Kutch district and is also known as Kutchi Dabeli. You can call Dabeli the Indian style Burger. Dabeli Recipe With step by step photos, instructions and ingredients.

Preparation Time : 40 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes

Category : Street food
Cuisine :
Servings : 2 servings

Author : Sunayana Gupta

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Recipe Ingredients

For Dabeli ‘Masala’ - 

  • Dry red chilly (Sookhi lal mirch) - 5-7 or to taste
  • Cinnamon (Dalchini) - 1 inch stick
  • Cumin seeds (Zeera) - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds (Dhaniya seeds) - 2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper (Kali mirch) - 5-8
  • Cloves (Laung) - 2 

For ‘Red Garlic Chutney’ - 

  • Dry red chilly (Sookhi lal mirch) - 5 or to taste
  • Garlic cloves - 5-7
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Tamarind pulp - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - To taste 

For Dabeli ‘Filling’ -

  • Potatoes (Boiled-Peeled) - 250 gms.
  • Onion - 1 medium finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 large finely chopped
  • Dabeli masala powder - 2-3 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh coriander (Chopped) - A handful
  • Salt - To taste
  • Oil - 1 tablespoon

Serving ‘Dabeli’ - 

  • Pav/bun - 2
  • Sweet tamarind chutney
  • Sev
  • Farsaan
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Fried/roasted peanuts
  • Fresh coriander chopped
  • Ginger chopped
  • Butter

How to make Dabeli

To make ‘Dabeli Masala’ - 

  1. Roast all the ingredients like dry chilli, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin seeds, coriander seeds in a pan. Cool for a while at room temperature and grind to a powder. Dabeli Masala is ready. 

To make ‘Red Garlic Chutney’ - 

  1. Soak red chilli in water for 2 hours till they turn soft. Drain the excess water.
  2. Now in a mixer combine soaked chilli, garlic, ginger, salt, tamarind pulp and grind to make a paste.
  3. Empty in a bowl, red garlic chutney is ready. 

To make ‘Sweet Tamarind Chutney ‘ - 

  1. Check recipe - Sweet Tamarind Chutney.

To make ‘Dabeli Filling’ - 

  1. Mash boiled potatoes and keep aside.
  2. In a pan heat oil and cook chopped onion till pink.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and saute on medium heat till they turn mushy.
  4. To this mixture add in the mashed potatoes, dabeli masala, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and give a nice mix.
  5. Cook on low flame for 2 minutes till everything is combined well.
  6. Finish with freshly chopped coriander and remove from heat. Dabeli Filling is now ready. 

How to Assemble & Serve Dabeli ? -

  1. Slice a pav or bun horizontally and butter the insides.
  2. Heat a tawa or pan and keep the flame on low, add butter and toast the pav to make it slight crisp.
  3. Now we are ready for the filling. So on one side (Inside) of the pav spread red garlic chutney and on the other side spread sweet tamarind chutney.
  4. Quickly spread the potato filling and top with some pomegranate seeds, chopped ginger-coriander, peanuts and sev.
  5. Tightly close the pav or bun and press it gently with a spatula so that the sides are sealed well.
  6. Dabeli is now ready. Transfer to a serving plate and top with more Dabeli masala, pomegranate, ginger, chilly, coriander and sev.
  7. Serve immediately otherwise it would turn soggy.
  8. Enjoy!

  • Name
  • Dabeli Recipe
  • Sub name
  • Kutchi dabeli | Dabeli pav | Gujarati street food | Snack
  • Category
  • Street food
  • Cuisine
  • Gujarati-Kutch
  • Key ingredients
  • Pav (Buns), butter, potatoes, spices
  • Taste
  • Robust with tangy, garlic & spicy flavors. Punch of sweetness too
  • Texture
  • Slight crisp on the outside
  • Preparation time
  • 40 minutes
  • Cooking time
  • 20 minutes
  • Servings
  • 2
  • Equipment used
  • 2 Pans, Mixer grinder
  • Steps
  • 0
  • Created date
  • 2018-06-29 11:27:28

About Sunayana Gupta



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