Friday, April 25, 2008
When I shifted to Chennai 5 months back, one thing i started missing was mumbai food!!! Paani Puri, Bhel Puri, Sev batata Puri, Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav and the list is endless!! And I tried tasting the chat items in Chennai but to my dismay that was no where close to what Mumbai offers. So I decided that I will try some at home, why not! Maybe the taste will not be as greeeeeaattt as we get on Mumbai streets, but it will surely be better than what is sold in chennai ....dont mind!
Recipe serves 2 to 3
1 packet Bhel mix
2 to 3 finely chopped onions (depending on size)
½ finely chopped raw mango
1 to 2 potatoes (depending on size)
½ a handful of tamarind
½ a handful of jaggery or 2 tbspn of sugar
3 finely chopped green chillies
Yellow thin sev for garnishing
Finely chopped coriander for garnishing
Cook the potatoes properly, they should be really soft- ready to be smashed, smash them finely and keep aside.
For the sweet n sour chutney , soak the tamarind in 1 cup of water for about half hour, after its nice soft, crush it with your hand while it is still in water , and the water becomes dark brown like the tamrind, remove the tamrind from the water and add jaggery or sugar in the water, blend it well till it mixes properly, you may heat it to fasten the process. Once done keep aside.
For the Bhel now, take a medium size vessel, pour the bhel mix in it, add chopped onions, smashed potatoes, chopped raw mango and chopped green chillies and mix properly. Now add the tamarind chutney prepared earlier and again mix well, till all the ingredients blend nicley, garnish with chopped coriander & sev.Serve immediately. Isnt it simple....and i bet its tastes very close to bambaiya bhel!!!heehhhehehehe.....
You can make a green chillies chutney instead of the chopped chillies, but i prefer to have the chillies crushed so i dont make the chutney.