dabeli, baby.

July 12, 2008

dabeli, baby!So there are people out there who claim to be Gujarati and never heard of dabeli – also given the nomenclature of “fun in a bun” by my foodie friend Sheetal. Dabeli is the past participle of ‘press’ – so, in a word: pressed!
Forget vada-pav, that’s done with. Dabeli is a potato thing with raw onions (crunchy), peanuts and pomegranate kernels. And right before serving it, the vendor will sprinkle sev on it… Hot, spicy, sweet, crunchy, chewy — good stuff! At a street corner near you, but only in the evenings. And the best one ever is around the corner from my house! Yay ๐Ÿ˜€


21 Responses to “dabeli, baby.”

  1. Karthiksn says:

    Dabeli is definitely one of those things I dearly miss about Gujarat. I just love the crunchy feel of the peanuts and the slight sweet taste of those pomegranate kernels.I still havent found a place here in chennai which sells that good dabeli.

  2. Woah! I have had Dabeli several times when I was studying in Pune…Man…Nothing to beat its taste. It reminds me of all the ‘fun’ times I had over there…And oh as a Chennai-vasi, I have tried searching for dabeli at several places unsuccessfully!

  3. @chetthaker says:

    I totally agree – Dabeli is soooooo much better than vada pav. As Karthiksn pointed out I think what sets it apart is the contrast in textures and flavours with the peanuts vs potatoes and spicy chutney vs the sweet pomegranate kernels. Yumster!!

  4. manuscrypts says:

    a very bollywood name – chameli, paheli… ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. chhavi says:

    @karthiksn, @aishwaryarao @chetthakar – you’ll have to come join me in Bollyland. I promise to show you a good (dabeli) time. ๐Ÿ˜€
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ….

  6. A. N. Nanda says:

    Aha! What’s there in a name? “Babeli” would taste as hot by whatever name you called it!!



  7. Aditya says:

    dabeli is surely in my fav lists… tho i prefer vada pav… ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Sumit says:

    Oh ho! Yeh kya kiya Chhavi tuney. Bhook lag gayi!

  9. Gaurav Patel says:

    This Guji has never heard of such a thing. Judging by the picture, I have never tried it either. It sounds delicious though!

  10. chhavi says:

    @Gaurav Patel dude ๐Ÿ˜€ where are you? let’s fix you up with some dabeli!

  11. Animesh Raj says:

    Oh I love Dabeli! Wonder why it isn’t as popular as vada pav.

  12. chhavi says:

    @Animesh, I don’t know! I’ve been evangelizing people for a bit now ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve met one person so far who can’t stand the ‘meetha’ taste though. Maybe they prefer the straight saltiness of Vada Pav?

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  14. Teresa says:

    i love this thing but NA in Delhi:((( Pl get half dozen on yr next trip to the capital…..

  15. Nimesh Shah says:

    I love the dabeli. It’s a complete weakness for me. While it does appear simple, it’s still an art to get all the stuff just right.

    There have been times when I have consumed more than 4 at a stretch…..

  16. chhavi says:

    @Teresa, gladly. except it’s only available in the evenings and will be soggy by the time I get it to you. Still game? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Nimesh, four!!! I’ve been greedy enough to eat two a few times … ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Jatin says:

    I love Dabeli… its my fav snack…i cant resist. Am a Gujju so its also made at our home… ๐Ÿ™‚

    The best Dabeli u can get in Mumbai is at Mulund (Central Suburbs).

  18. Brad says:

    Boy! I so feel like havin’ one now! I agree with Jatin above about where you get good double rotis!

  19. chhavi says:

    @jatin @brad cool. I’ll have to go to Mulund in search of this dabeli … is double roti the same thing??

  20. I love dabeli.

    Being a gujarati, I always loved food and dabeli being one of the best thing to eat at evening time.

    Can anyone suggest any nice place in andheri(east) or nearby where I can get nice and yummy dabeli….

    I am already feeling hungry guys…

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