We, Indians love chaat the most. In the domain of chart, Bhel is our favorite! It’s magical and addictive flavor warms the palate and also doesn’t cost much to pocket. A crowd-delight appetizer recipe is quick to prepare, provided you do some preparations before. Bhel is a very popular on Mumbai beaches. It is known by different names as Bhel-puri in hindi, Bhel in Marathi and Churu-Muri in B’lore.
This super delicious Indian chat is a mixture of puffed rice (murmura) with wholesome combination of onion, potatoes, tomatoes and sev to add crispiness to hearty chaat; further a kick from coriander and tamarind chutneys to offer sweet and tangy taste to your taste-buds. Just name, ‘Bhel’ is enough to make one drool.
- 2 cup puffed rice (churmure/murmura)
- 1 cup sev( thin noodle shaped fried snacks made from gram flour)
- 1 thinly chopped onion
- 1 thinly chopped tomato
- 1 tbsp roasted chana- dal (optional)
- ½ cup crushed papdi
- 2 tsp Lemon juice
- 1 little boiled potato (mashed)
- Finely chopped coriander leaves
- 2-3 chopped green chili
- 3 tbsp roasted peanuts
- 1 cup Gol – gappas
- Coriander chutney to taste
- Tamarind chutney to taste
- Garlic chutney to taste (optional)
- Salt to taste
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serve: 4 people
Method of Preparation
- Mix together churmure (puffed rice), potato, tomato, coriander, onion, green chillies, salt, roasted peanuts and roasted chana- dal in the big mixing bowl.
- Add all chutneys- tamarind, coriander and garlic (if using). Also add mint and some lemon juice. Mix the mixture well. In absence of tamarind chutney, squeeze a lemon.
- Lightly crush and add gol-gappas.
- Garnish with coriander leaves, and a great deal of sev and papdi.
- Serve the yum bhel-chaat immediately to eat.
- Sev and puffed rice are the major ingredients of bhel. If it is left for a stretched time, the juice of tomatoes and chutneys make sev and murmura soggy. So make sure you consume it immediately once it is ready.
- Tamarind chutney can be preserved in refrigerator for 3-to-4 weeks. So, can be prepared ahead of time and stored.
- Add chopped raw mango or/and grated coconut to bring variation in the dish.
- Add chaat masaala, red chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder for extra flavoring.
- Add yoghurt to make a variant called ‘Dahi-Puri’.
Enjoy eating Marathi-Bhel!