Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger

By: Debdatta Mazumder

Do you want to taste the Indian version of a burger or as some may say, a sandwich? Surprised, right? Actually, today, people get so amused by the foreign food items that they forget there are plenty of dishes in India, which taste better than the usual fast foods, and are healthy too.

Dabeli is one of those types of traditional foods that can beat pizzas, burgars, etc., in many ways. It comes from the special cuisine of Gujarat, especially in the Kutch region. Dabeli can be your regular evening snack, for the days you want to try something different and yummy.

So, let's have a look at the ingredients and the recipe of making a Dabeli. This crunchy snack will really go well as an evening snack when you have guests.

Serves - 4

Preparation Time - 15 minutes

Cooking Time - 25 minutes


For The Stuffing

1. Dabeli Masala - 1½ tbsp

2. Sweet Chutney - 2 tbsp

3. Oil - 1 tbsp

4. Potatoes - 1¼ cup (boiled, peeled and mashed)

5. Coriander - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)

6. Coconut - 2 tbsp (finely grated)

7. Salt to taste

8. Pomegranate - 2 tbsp

Other Ingredients:

9. Dabeli Pav - 4

10. Masala Peanuts - 4 tsp

11. Garlic Chutney - 4 tsp

12. Onions - 4 tsp (finely chopped)

13. Sweet Chutney - 2 tbsp

14. Nylon Sev - 4 tsp

15. Butter - 2 tbsp (for cooking)


1. Take a bowl and add the dabeli masala and sweet chutney into it. Mix well. If you find it getting too sticky and dry, add water into it to make it a little runny.

Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger

2. Now, heat oil in a non-stick pan and add the mixture. Add the mashed potatoes immediately into it. And then add salt. Add water as required. Cook well.

Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger

3. When your dabeli masala is ready, take it out into a flat plate and garnish it with some chopped coriander, pomegranate and grated coconut.

Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger

4. To do the next step, you will need a dabeli pav. Cut it from the middle; but don't separate the two halves. It should open like a suitcase.

Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger

5. Now, prepare the base with garlic chutney and sweet chutney and fill it with the prepared masala. Brush the other side of the dabeli bread with both the chutneys and top the masala with chopped onions, peanuts and sev. Close it.

Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger

6. Now, turn on the gas stove and heat it. Add butter into it and heat the dabeli on either side. Heat the dabelis until they turn brown in colour.

Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger

7 Then, take them out and serve hot.

Dabeli: The Special Indian Burger
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