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Dabeli is a popular snack on the go, with street vendor in Mumbai. Pav (small burger buns) filled with spicy potatoes and topped with peanuts, chutney, fine save and pomegranate. Enjoy this delicious sandwich.

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  • Spice Mix:
  • 1 red chili dry
  • 1 teaspoon coriander (dhania) seeds
  • 2 cloves (laung / lavang)
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 4 black pepper
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup potato boiled and mashed (aloo)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Spice mix which we prepared that should be about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (imli)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Also Need:
  • 4 buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter for cooking
  • To Serve:
  • 1/4 cup roasted and crushed peanuts
  • 1/4 cup fine save available in Indian grocery stores
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate (anar) seeds, if not available red or green grapes cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro chutney (dhania chutney)


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Step 1

For Dabeli Masala: roast all the ingredients red chili, coriander, cloves, cumin seeds, cinnamon and black pepper, in a small pan on the medium heat for two minutes, spices will become very aromatic. Grind the spices to fine powder. This should make about one tablespoon.
For Filling: heat the oil in pan on medium heat moderately. Add cumin seeds when seeds crack add potatoes spice mix, salt and tamarind paste, mix it well.
Add about half cup of water mix it and bring to boil, cook on low heat for about two minutes. Mix should be consistency of thick paste. Set aside.

How to Proceed:
Slice the buns into halves and toast the buns over skillet on medium heat using little butter both sides.
Over one half of the bun put about ¼ cup of the filling, top it with chutney, pomegranate, peanuts and fine save, sandwich with the other half of the bun.

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