When we were kids, our after school fastfood were mostly some upmas or dosa or sundal. It was
never a biscuit or a cake or a pastry and we would never ask for it too. We truly relished that tiffin or
snack, fastfood our mother made. I kind of ensure that I don’t indulge my children in wrong eating
habits. And thankfully, my children also enjoy the fastfood and tiffin I cook for them. Sometimes I
also involve them in making a dish and we all do it as bonding activity together. One of such dishes
that all of us enjoy making and eating together is the famous “Bhelpuri Recipe”.
Bhelpuri Recipe, as we all know is a famous chaat item from the streets of Mumbai. These days, it is easily
available in every nook and corner of all towns and cities, but when we were kids this fastfood
(snacks) was always thought to be available in chowpatty beach of Mumbai. The variant of this from
Kolkotta is known as Jhalmuri and the variant from Mysore is known as Churmuri. In Tamil Nadu, the
Bhel is spiced up and served as Kaara Pori.
Nowadays we get ready made or instant Bhelpuri Recipe in supermarkets with a tagline Cut, Mix and
Serve. But I always wonder, bhelpuri itself is such a simple dish which involves only mixing and
serving. So, better it can be made at home, more hygienically and healthily. And the best part of Bhel
puri is that it can be customized as per our taste and mood. All you need to do is to keep some mint
coriander chutney and some date and tamarind chutney in hand and set out to enjoy this delicious
and lip-smacking fast food chaat anytime.
RECIPE FOR BHELPURI:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: NIL
Puffed rice – 3 cups (available in Indian stores)
Potatoes – 2 (boiled, peeled and chopped into tiny cubes)
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Tomato – 1 (finely chopped)
Cilantro – handful (finely chopped)
Green Chilies – 2 (finely chopped)
Tamarind Date chutney – to taste
Green chutney – to taste
Sev – 1 cup ( for garnish)
Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
Papdi – handful ( crushed)
Peanuts – 1/4 cup (roasted)
Cucumber – 1/2 (chopped into tiny pieces)
Mix all the ingredients except puffed rice and sev in a large bowl.
Add the tamarind date chutney and green chutney according to taste preferences.
Finally add the puffed rice and mix together.
Garnish with sev and serve immediately. (otherwise it will become soggy)
A handful of pomegranate seed can be added. It gives a sweet taste to the chaat along with its
Bits of raw mango pieces can also be added for a tangy taste.
Another street fast food made with puffed rice common in Karnataka is called Churumuri. It is
prepared by mixing puffed rice with grated carrot, roasted peanuts, grated raw mango, finely
chopped onion, green chilies, cilantro and some lemon juice.