Every street, every beach and every hotel will have Bhel Puri (pronounced as Bhél Pooree) on their menu. It is impossible to come to Mumbai and leave without noticing this very popular snack. Bhel Puri is a mixture of Puffed Rice and other veggies & spices in a tangy tamarind sauce. It is also called Jhaal Muri in Kolkatta (meaning – Hot puffed rice) and Churumuri in Bangalore.
The best place to eat Bhelpuri is from a street vendor. If you are particular of cleanliness and insist on eating from clean restaurants, I don’t think you’ll get the authentic taste. There’s something about a street vendor which makes the Bhelpuri so good!
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Prep time – 5 min Cook time – nil
Makes 2 cups
You’ll need -
2 cups Puffed Rice
1/2 cup finely chopped Onions
1/2 cup chopped Tomatoes
1/4 cup roasted peanuts
A few Crispy puris (Click here, and fry them longer to get crispy puris)
1/2 a lemon
5-6 tbsp Tamarind chutney (I prefer adding a few drops of water and liquifying it)
2 tbsp Mint-coriander chutney
2 tsp chaat powder
Sev – for garnish
Coriander leaves – for garnish
Mix them all up!
Garnish with a few puris & some sev & coriander leaves
Bhel puri is something that you should consume as soon as it is made. If left for a while, the wet chutneys and juices from the tomatoes make it soggy and unpleasant to eat.
Alternative: DRY BHEL – Skip the chutneys and you have dry bhel!