Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bhel Puri

I am quite excited writing this post.  The rolling thunder, the over cast sky, all in preparation of glorious rain.  Ooooh! Can't tell you how relieved and overjoyed I am.  Change of seasons are the best thing in nature and I am a ardent fan.  Having too much of anything is bad but the drama of creation with its ever changing nature is engaging.  Can you hear the pitter patter of rain outside?  I can, finally.

  The pictures are of bhel puri and if some of you get the urge to throw stones go right ahead.  It's not an authentic recipe but believe me quite close to it without the hassle of making mint chutney, tamarind chutney, sweet chutney etc.  Most of you I am sure will have the ingredients I have given for this recipe handy or an  alternative.  Well, talking about alternative here is an alternative recipe for bhel puri. Now you can't throw no stones no more, no more no more.  Yeah! Rains make me sing.  You should be glad this is not a video of cooking but just a blog you are spared the singing. while I enjoy this thunderous rain and pray that the tree does not fall over my apartment you have a nice day!

Ingredients:
1. Bhel - 2 cups
2. Cucumber - 1/2
3. Tomato - 1 medium size
4. Onions - 1/4 or to taste (I like them but just a lil)
5. Green chilies - 1 finely chopped
6. Carrot - 1 grated
7. Tomato sauce - 1 Tbspn
8. Tamarind - 1 - 2 tspn pulp (I took a small piece half of a marble size ball I would say and soaked it in about 2 tbspn of water and then mashed and pulled at it but made some sauce)
9. Chat Masala - to taste (I threw in around 1 tspn
10. Black salt (its pink in color but its called khala namak, you figure) - to taste
11. Lemon juice - to taste
12. Chili powder - to taste

Method:
1. Chop all veggies to small pieces and set aside
2. Throw in all of the sauces or some of each with the chili powder, chaat masala and salt and started by adding the bhel. I let it soak in some of the sauce by stirring it vigorously.
3. Follow up with all the veggies, mix well.
3. Check for salt and masala and add more if you like. It is a good practice to start with a little of everything I have mentioned and then at the end if needed to add more
4. Squeeze in a few drops of lemon/lime juice and chopped coriander. Mix well and serve
5. On each serving plate you can sprinkle sev/ potato bhujiya etc. (Indian fried snacks, store bought)

Notes:
1. The reason for adding tomato ketchup is so that it will give the sweetness that I couldn't with sweet chutney.
2. Its just a salad idea.

Contributor: Sunitha

54 comments:

  1. Bhel Puri yummooooo, and lovely presentation!!

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  2. Our fav street food...cute pic..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  3. Wow..yummy bhel puri and so colorful...very tempting can u pass to me..nice click.

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  4. My favourite Bhel puri..looks colorful..you are just tempting me to prepare bhel puri now..

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  5. So beautifully cut cucumbers! With this recipe no body will throw stones..Very healthy alternative to the original.

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  6. its healthy, its tangy and its lipsmackingly delicious. looks incredible. can I take a spoonful now?

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  7. My all Time Favourite snack during evening time.However, your pics tell us how much delicious it must have tasted. Looks Yummmmmy.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  8. Sunitha,

    Favorite street food. I love them nice color.

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  9. nice spicy chaat...lovely colors

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  10. Very innovative,fast and easy bhel.Looks delicious.

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  11. Spicy and yummy bhel puri..lovely color and awesome pic.

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  12. delicious chatpat bhel Puri..TH lovs it anytime, anyday

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  13. I love the rains too! Bhel looks so colorful and yummy!

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  14. wow so beautiful pics, simply superb presentation...

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  15. all time fav snack at my house...looks wonderful n delicious..

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  16. looks so colourful...lovely presentation

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  17. classic..classic...I need some now :)

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  18. Nice variation, and I can tell a delicious one!

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  19. WOWWWWWW,yum yum.Very delicious....lovely presentation.

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  20. really yummy and simple one..nice variation frm the original.liked the bhel puris new version...nice picture yarr

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  21. I love the "geela" bhel puri, compared to the dry one and what a wonderful pic (as always). It brought back so many memories. I love the monsoon season in Mumbai :)

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  22. Slurppp!!am speechless and cant take my eyes from the click, very tempting bhel puri..

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  23. love bhel puri anytime.. v don't miss the rains at all here in seattle coz we have it every other day...so cheers to lots more of these comfy foods

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  24. love bhel puri anytime.. v don't miss the rains at all here in seattle coz we have it every other day...so cheers to lots more of these comfy foods

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  25. so colrful n bful presentaion.....aweosome dear.....

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  26. Yummy Bhel Puri.... & Lovely pics..

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  27. Glad to hear you are enjoying the rain:) My daughter loves when it rains. Your dish looks delicious.

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  28. Wahaha! I love bhel puri! It's lovely and delicious! I can't help but drool! The snaps are cool!

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  29. always a fav....we love your clicks!! brings it to life..if only we cld reach out to the plate

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  30. love bhel puri...needs no special day for preparing this. Nice pics to compliment your effort.

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  31. Very very tempting!! Lovely pictures

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  32. superb presentation and here is the perfetc mood for a bhel too..nice rainy season and tasty tangy bhel..aha what a combo..

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  33. truely tempting...what a tempting comboo...with a wonderful presentation...love to catch bhel puri from the click itself..

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  34. I love Bhel Puri and ur pics are really gr8 and tempting...couldnt just take off my eyes frm it as im a big fan of those... :)

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  35. I somehow wish this is a singing dancing and cooking blog! Trying to imagine you doing a Bollywood number while cooking this beautiful dish!

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  36. i too ove bhel puri . this looks delicious and a plate of bhelpuri with hot tea, perfect for the weather

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  37. On top list of chaats is bhel puri for me... looks nice

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  38. your picture makes it all the more tempting..

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  39. One of my favorite chat, excellent click too...........

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  40. There will be no stone throwing from this cook. Anything that makes Indian cooking easier is a blessing.

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  41. Looks so delicious and love the pics dear...awesome

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  42. Yummy looking pics. Who wouldn't love this... YUM!

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  43. ok im sooo crying because of the rains here...and they say its summer..m super pisd!
    on another note..the bhel puri looks yum:)

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  44. I am yet to meet someone who doesnt like hel puri. Yours looks gorgeous and can be made in a juffy. Will try this evening...

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  45. A stunning & well flavoured dish!!

    Now, I want to savour the whole plate!

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  46. Very nice presentation as always. I make Bhel in a very different way. Your version is a lot healthier though. I add mixture/chow-chow, chaat puris, sev/bhujia, coriander and tamarind juice other than all that you have listed.
    Need to try your version sometime soon when Im in the mood for a lil healthy bhel ...and yes, defn. something to enjoy when its pouring outside, with a hot cuppa ginger chai I may add :)

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  47. Please pass on that bowl to me :-) Yumm!

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  48. Wonderful presentation...looks so adipoli...

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  49. perfect snack, rain or no rain...

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  50. Yummy! I have everything in house except the bhel. ;{ Looks so very good. Wish I had some when I was rooting around the kitchen for a little something this afternoon.

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