Thursday, May 15, 2008

Kutchi Dabeli

Kutchi Dabeli is also called as Double Roti. It is a spicy-tangy-sweet-crunchy-fruity sandwich. The bread is like a small dinner roll type bread. Dabeli that I had eaten in Gujarat, had shallow-fried bread but in Mumbai, we used to get it just bread (i.e.without frying). A dear friend introduced dabeli to me when I was in college. You need to have a special blend called dabeli masala to make the stuffing. and it also has grapes or pomegranates, sev, onions, spicy peanuts, along with boiled potatoes and sweet-sour-spicy chutneys. It's really tasty.

Here's how I make it.

Recipe Inspiration-

Dabeli or Double Roti
Dabeli Masala (
1 red chili
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2" cinnamon
2 cloves
1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1 cup boiled mashed potato
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp dabeli masala (more or less per your taste)
1 tbsp lemon juice

12 small dinner rolls/paav, roasted/toasted on pan without oil

few green grapes, horizontally cut
1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
1 tbsp spicy, salty peanuts
1 small onion, minced
1 tbsp nylon sev
1 tsp grated fresh coconut
1 tbsp chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
chili-garlic chutney or sauce (per requirement)
multi-purpose chutney ( per requirement)

1. Heat oil. Add turmeric powder & dabeli masala. Add mashed potatoes & salt to taste.
2. Saute and make sure it is nicely mixed together. Set aside. Let it cool down.
3. Add multipurpose chutney, lemon juice. chili garlic chutney and spread the potato mixture in a deep thali/plate.
4. Add all the ingredients for garnish on top.
5. Just before serving, slit the pavs. Toast them lightly on tawa/frying pan.
6. Stuff the dabeli stuffing generously. Add more garnish if required.
7. Serve immediately.

Note -
1. Dabeliwalas in Mumbai keep the stuffing ready in their huge thalis and stuff it with a spoon in the paav. I used the same method instead of Tarlaji's making different portions for each bread. You can follow any method that you prefer.
2. Depending on the season/availability, dabeliwalas used to have fresh pomegranate seeds or grapes halves in the garnish.
3. You can substitute pavbhaji masala for dabeli masala.
4. Please note that "Kutchi" in the name of this sandwich refers to Kutch, Gujarat.

This post is my contribution to the Sandwich Festival - 2008 at Anupama's Food-n-more.


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