Bhel Puri Chat(Spicy Crunchy Snack)

By: Manjula Jain

Serving : 4 people

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Bhel Puri Chat(Spicy Crunchy Snack)

Bhel Puri is a simple spicy snack with a light crunch! This is a popular snack with street vendors in Mumbai. Every vendor has his own twist to bhel puri but two main ingredients remain the same . . . puffed rice (murmura) and fine sev. Bhel Puri is low-fat, nutritious, delicious snack!

Bhel Puri Chat

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups puffed rice (murmura, kurmura) available in Indian grocery stores.
  • 1 cup fine sav (vermicelli-like snack made from gram flour) available in Indian grocery stores.
  • 1 cup  papdi broken in small pieces (recipe you can find on my web site) or available in Indian grocery stores.
  • 1/2  cup of chopped boiled potatoes
  • 1/2  cup of chopped cucumber
  • 1/2  cup of chopped tomatoes remove the seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 4 tablespoon of hari cilantro chutney
  • 4 tablespoon of tamarind chutney
  • 1 tablespoon minced green pepper optional

For Garnish

  • 1/4  cup fine sav
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

Method

  • In frying pan over medium heat dry roast the puffed rice for 3 to 4 minutes. Let it cool.
  • Combine the dry ingredients (puffed rice, sev, papdi,and salt) together and mix well. Set aside until ready to serve
  • Mix chopped potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro,and minced green pepper if you like it hot, and set aside.
  • When ready to serve, combine the dry ingredients and potato mixture.
  • Add hari cilantro and tamarind chutneys to your taste, making sure the chutneys coat the bhel puri. Garnish with sev and drizzle with lemon juice to taste.
  • Notes: Assemble bhel puri just before serving to prevent the puffed rice and sev from getting soggy

Notes

Tips
  1. Puffed rice (murmura) loses some of its crispness with time. Roasting restores the crispness and freshness.

Bhel Puri Chat(Spicy Crunchy Snack)

Bhel Puri is a simple spicy snack with a light crunch! This is a popular snack with street vendors in Mumbai. Every vendor has his own twist to bhel puri but two main ingredients remain the same . . . puffed rice (murmura) and fine sev. Bhel Puri is low-fat, nutritious, delicious snack!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups puffed rice (murmura, kurmura) available in Indian grocery stores.
  • 1 cup fine sav (vermicelli-like snack made from gram flour) available in Indian grocery stores.
  • 1 cup  papdi broken in small pieces (recipe you can find on my web site) or available in Indian grocery stores.
  • 1/2  cup of chopped boiled potatoes
  • 1/2  cup of chopped cucumber
  • 1/2  cup of chopped tomatoes remove the seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 4 tablespoon of hari cilantro chutney
  • 4 tablespoon of tamarind chutney
  • 1 tablespoon minced green pepper optional

For Garnish

  • 1/4  cup fine sav
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method

  1. In frying pan over medium heat dry roast the puffed rice for 3 to 4 minutes. Let it cool.

  2. Combine the dry ingredients (puffed rice, sev, papdi,and salt) together and mix well. Set aside until ready to serve

  3. Mix chopped potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro,and minced green pepper if you like it hot, and set aside.

  4. When ready to serve, combine the dry ingredients and potato mixture.

  5. Add hari cilantro and tamarind chutneys to your taste, making sure the chutneys coat the bhel puri. Garnish with sev and drizzle with lemon juice to taste.

  6. Notes: Assemble bhel puri just before serving to prevent the puffed rice and sev from getting soggy

Tips

  1. Puffed rice (murmura) loses some of its crispness with time. Roasting restores the crispness and freshness.
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Introduction to Bhel Puri Chaat Recipe

Bhel Puri Chaat is a delightful combination of appetizers and snacks, popular as street food, particularly cherished during summer. This vegan dish, rooted in chaat culture, embodies the essence of Indian street food recipes with its refreshing blend of flavors and textures. In this bhel puri chaat recipe, we'll explore the delightful world of Indian street food with a crunchy, spicy snack that's bursting with flavor. 

Bhel puri chaat is a popular dish enjoyed across India, known for its unique blend of textures and tangy taste. Whether you're craving a savory snack or hosting a gathering, this recipe is sure to impress your taste buds and guests alike.

Step 1: Gathering Ingredients

To begin making bhel puri chaat, assemble the following ingredients: puffed rice, sev (thin strands of fried gram flour), tomatoes, boiled potatoes, cilantro, green chilies, tamarind chutney, mint chutney, chaat masala, and salt. These ingredients can be found in most Indian grocery stores or online.

Step 2: Preparing the Base

Start by preparing the base of the bhel puri chaat. In a large mixing bowl, combine the puffed rice, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, cilantro, and green chilies. Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly distributed. This step is crucial as it sets the foundation for the flavor profile of the dish.

Step 3: Adding Crunch with Sev

Next, add a generous amount of sev to the mixture. Sev not only adds a crunchy texture to the bhel puri chaat but also enhances its visual appeal. Feel free to adjust the amount of sev according to your preference for texture and crunchiness.

Step 4: Drizzling Chutneys

Now, it's time to add the tangy and flavorful chutneys to the bhel puri chaat. Drizzle tamarind chutney and mint chutney over the mixture, ensuring that each bite is infused with the deliciousness of these sauces. The combination of sweet and tangy chutneys elevates the taste of the dish to a whole new level.

Step 5: Seasoning with Chaat Masala

Sprinkle chaat masala and salt over the bhel puri chaat to enhance its savory flavor profile. Chaat masala is a blend of spices commonly used in Indian cuisine, adding a unique and aromatic touch to the dish. Be sure to taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.

Step 6: Mixing Thoroughly

Using a gentle hand, mix all the ingredients thoroughly, ensuring that the flavors are well incorporated. This step is crucial for achieving a harmonious balance of flavors in the bhel puri chaat. Take your time to mix the ingredients evenly, ensuring that each bite is bursting with flavor.

Step 7: Serving the Bhel Puri Chaat

Once the bhel puri chaat is well mixed, transfer it to serving bowls or plates. Garnish with additional cilantro and sev for an extra pop of color and crunch. Serve immediately and enjoy this delightful snack with family and friends.

Tips for Making the Best Bhel Puri Chaat

To add an extra kick of heat to the bhel puri chaat, finely chop some green chilies and mix them into the dish.

For a refreshing twist, squeeze some lemon juice over the bhel puri chaat just before serving to enhance its tanginess.

Customize the bhel puri chaat according to your taste preferences by adding your favorite toppings such as chopped raw mango, peanuts, or grated carrots.

Variations of Bhel Puri Chaat

Aloo Bhel Puri Chaat: Add diced boiled potatoes to the bhel puri chaat mixture for a heartier version of the dish.

Fruit Bhel Puri Chaat: Incorporate diced fruits such as mangoes, apples, and pomegranate seeds for a sweet and tangy twist on the classic recipe.

Healthy Bhel Puri Chaat: Substitute puffed rice with roasted murmura (puffed rice) for a healthier alternative without compromising on taste.

Benefits of Bhel Puri Chaat

Nutrient-Rich: Bhel puri chaat is packed with essential nutrients from the vegetables and puffed rice, making it a wholesome snack option.

Quick and Easy: This recipe is quick and easy to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights or last-minute gatherings.

Versatile: Bhel puri chaat can be customized with various toppings and chutneys to suit individual taste preferences, making it a versatile dish for any occasion.

FAQs about Bhel Puri Chaat

Q: Can I make bhel puri chaat ahead of time?

A: While it's best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the components of the bhel puri chaat ahead of time and assemble them just before serving to maintain the crunchiness of the dish.

Q: Can I adjust the spiciness of the bhel puri chaat?

A: Yes, feel free to adjust the amount of green chilies or skip them altogether if you prefer a milder version of the dish.

Q: Can I store leftover bhel puri chaat?

A: Due to the nature of the ingredients, leftover bhel puri chaat may lose its crunchiness over time. It's best to consume it immediately after preparation for the best taste and texture.

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By following these simple steps and tips, you can easily recreate the magic of bhel puri chaat in your own kitchen. Whether you're craving a flavorful snack or looking to impress your guests, this recipe is sure to be a hit!

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    Champa Isarani
    March 1, 2016 at 5:17 am

    If we add lemon juice and chopped cabbage it tastes better

    Suresh
    September 10, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Wow! great!

    jimmy
    November 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

    me and husband liked it…he told once more really

    swarna
    October 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    it’s perfectly good and is very good intaste .thanqs

    kawaljit
    October 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

    its awesome . . .

    michel317
    October 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    hello freind
    welcome to this site
    thanks manjula for giving us this wonderfull recepies

    dainik bhasker

    sonia pamnani
    August 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

    mouth watering aunty

    seema saini
    June 12, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Mouth watering recipies aunty. Realy thankfull aunty.

    lara
    May 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    thanks aunty for this wonderful recipie,
    your tip of roasting the murmura will be really useful as many times I have tried making bhel puri (without roasting) and find the crispiness lacking

    parshottam mathur
    February 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This is very testy snack thank you

    carmen
    October 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Very intresting !

    Sheela
    August 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Thanks aunty for the recipe! i love the puri, its delicious and turns out perfect every time. my mom loves this recipe!

    Jesse
    May 28, 2011 at 1:58 am

    This is one of my favorite chaats. I make it with kurmura because I bought it on accident and it is still fantastic! This recipe is so simple and easy to make ahead of time. Every time I make it it is devoured almost instantaneously. Its similarity to cereal has led to the joke amongst my friends that Indians make cereal with ground chillies instead of milk! I can not thank you enough for not only creating detailed recipes for complex dishes, but also ones like this that are simple. I think that is the best thing about your website – anyone can use it, either the experienced cook who is interested in Indian food or the novice who has never tried to cook before. You make it easy.

    Dimpal
    March 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Hello Aunty,

    Can u please tell us how to make roasted chana dal namkeen…
    i like it very much and want to try it at home nd tht too roasted coz frying causes lots of fat and calories..

    thank u … 🙂

    keerthi
    February 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    how do prepare masalapuri gravy

    Nisa Homey
    November 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Hi…I am new here via gayathris blog….awesome blog u have….great recipe too…

    Mazee Africa
    November 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Bhabhi,

    Thank Jaya for me I will buy the rice from an indian shop and try this recipe many thanks Jaya.

    Mazee Africa
    November 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Bhabhi,

    How to make puffed rice please reply.
    my e mail address

    mazeeafrica52@hotmail.com.

    Regards

      Manjula Jain
      November 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      Mazee,
      I dont know how to make puffed rice.

        rosemary
        June 7, 2014 at 12:16 am

        its made in typical indian charcoal or fire gas. the temperature should be very high and in a kadhai put 7-8 cups of sand let it burn, when it turns it colour add raw rice it should not be wet the using a wooden spoon u have to rotate it whwn it starts popping take out and sieve. the works should be done very fast cause it will burn the rice and u must be very careful with the sand cause a single grain can give lot of pain.its better to buy.
        I hope u liked it.

      Jaya
      November 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm

      Making puffed rice requires high pressure and steam. It’s too difficult to try to make at home because it requires special equipment. Some Indian ingredients are just not possible to make yourself.

      Buy puffed rice from an Indian grocery store.

    Mazee Africa
    November 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Bhabhi,

    Very tasty dish for snacks anytime, anything else we can put to improve the taste.

    Regards

    Fathima
    November 1, 2010 at 12:29 am

    How can I make puff rice? please reply

    kanthi
    October 18, 2010 at 4:32 am

    This recipe looks quite tasty and interesting,want to try it..

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