Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bhel Puri?

My friends Daniel and Mirra from The Perennial Plate traveled through India recently, and just posted this great video featuring one of their favorite street food recipes, bhel puri. I’ve never had it, or even heard of it for that matter, but it looks and sounds amazing. I'm intrigued. Anyway, I just wanted to share the video, and see if any of you have had any experience with this dish. Enjoy! 

10 comments:

loodje said...

Hi Chef John, I've had this made from my south Asian friends ... it is absolutely delicious and when mixed just at the last minute before serving is very crunchy so the texture is over the top too. I've the recipe for it, but never made it before. This gives me the great excuse to do so! Thanks!

M Nguyen said...

I love Bhel Puri, I often order it as an appetizer. It's delicious, a little bit sweet, a little bit sour and and a little bit spicy. I love the texture, it usually comes with these puffed up crackers that you break a hole then put the Bhel Puri in it. Damn, now I want some!

Michael Minasian said...

Behl Puri is absolutely EPIC! So good. There's a great place for Dosa and Behl Puri in Sacramento called Mylapore. If you're ever up that way, check it out!

Mark said...

Awesome, Seem like really good people!

Unknown said...

It is indeed the best street food EVER!

Rick Sheahan said...

I just had this for the first time ever on Monday night. It's so great! I'm really growing fond of western and southern indian street foods.

steelo brown said...

Love love love Bhel Puri!

Puris are the little fried puffed out breads. Along with it's cousins Dhai Puri (Yogurt version), Pani Puri (You fill them and dip them in a watery sauce). There's so much flavour in each mouthful.

Nath said...

Bhel puri is an example of 'chaat', a street cuisine popular in northern and western India. Here's what the real thing looks like.

P.S. The 'e' in 'bhel' is pronounced like the 'ai' in 'rain'.

Shome Sengupta said...

The real thing is made with puffed rice, and not fried rice.

You can get packed and sealed version on Indian groceries nowadays. All ingreditents are separately sealed in small pouches. You need to mix them just before serving. Use the red chili chutney in moderation!

S said...

Yes of course...all of these kinds of dishes are grouped under "Chaat"

Amazing stuff! Spicy, Sweet, Tangy, Crunchy, Fresh and Nutritious!
Very popular street food.

Components usually are
Chopped boiled Potatoes, or boiled/sprouted beans.
Chopped onions
Chopped green chillies (fresh)
Lime/Lemon
Chopped Cilantro
Optional chopped tomato

Cilantro chutney for heat and tang
Tamarind chutney for sweet and tang

Puffed rice and/or Sev/fried crisps for crunch


I'd recommend visiting the local Indian grocery and picking up ready made bags of the puffed rice, crisps, sev etc. Also you can pick up ready made tamarind chutney to save time.