Dabeli is an Indian Street food available all over India. It is grab and go like food which people can eat as a breakfast, lunch or a snack in a hurry. It is basically a vegetarian slider, the patty is made out of mashed potatoes and spices.
- 2 russet potatoes, boiled and mashed
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons Dabeli masala, See note.
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup tamarind and date chutney, See note.
- ½ cup salted or spicy peanuts, chopped finely
- ¼ cup coconut, finely grated
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- 12-15 black raisins, roughly chopped
- 1 cup nylon sev (fine crunchy chickpea flour noodles), See note.
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
- ¼ cup garlic chutney, See note.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 slider buns
- Heat oil in a frying pan on a medium high heat, 2 minutes. Add shallot and sauté it until translucent, 2 minutes. Add mashed potatoes and stir to combine with shallot. Add ½ cup of tamarind and date chutney, dabeli masala, salt, sugar and lemon juice. Stir to combine with masala. Let mixture cook for 2 to 3 minutes. If mixture is too dry, add some water.
- Transfer the mixture to a plate or a baking sheet and spread it in even layer. On top of mixture sprinkle peanuts, coconut, pomegranate seeds, raisins, half of sev and cilantro. Stir the mixture with your hands to combine everything. Divide the mixture into four equal parts and make small patties to fit into slider buns.
- Slit the buns without cutting through all the way. Spread about 1 tablespoon each of garlic chutney on one half and tamarind and date chutney on another half. Sprinkle about ½ tablespoon sev on both sides of patty and slide into bun. Press the bun tight to seal the patty. Repeat same process for remaining buns.
- Heat non-stick pan or a griddle on a medium heat and add butter. Once the butter is melted, toast the buns with patty on both sides by gently pressing, about 2 minutes per side.
The Dabeli masala, nylon sev, tamarind and date chutney, and garlic chutney are easily available in Indian grocery stores.