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Bhel Puri is a very popular Mumbai street food and very easy to make at home. It is a tasty and chatpata snack made with puffed rice to which many delectable tidbits are added. My bhel puri recipe comes together under 45 minutes with three real quick chutney recipes.

bhel puri served with a side of crisp baked puri in a red rimmed white bowl

Two kinds of Bhel Puri

1. Wet Bhel Puri

Wet bhel or bhel puri is called as ‘geela bhel’ in Hindi. This is a wet bhel puri recipe where chutneys are added with onions, tomatoes and boiled potatoes.

2. Dry Bhel Puri

Dry bhel puri is called as ‘sukha bhel‘ in Hindi. In a dry bhel puffed rice is mixed with roasted peanuts, masala chana dal, spice powders, puri and sev. In the Dry Bhel You simply do not include any liquid chutneys.

About this recipe

Bhel puri is one of the most popular street food recipes from Mumbai which is now available in other parts of India in various avatars.

This is a wet bhelpuri recipe where spicy, tangy and sweet chutneys are included.

The three chutneys are:

  1. Sweet & sour chutney
  2. Green chutney
  3. Spicy red chutney

In this bhelpuri recipe, I am sharing these three quick chutney recipes. So you don’t have to hunt around for ingredients to make these chutneys and the bhelpuri can be made in less than 45 minutes. The three chutneys are very easy to make and do not take much time.

Apart from the three chutneys, puri or papdi and sev are also added. You make the puri and sev at home or buy from the market. I have here used baked papdi which I made at home.

Some people prefer bhel puri with chutneys and some without it. Bhel puri is eaten with papdi or crispy fried poori. At least this is how I have them at home. But you can even have them with a spoon.

Two regional variations of bhel puri are Jhal Muri from Kolkata and Churumuri from Karnataka.

bhel puri served with a side of crisp baked puri in a red rimmed white bowl

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Bhel Puri

Cooking potatoes

1. Boil 1 large potato or 2 medium sized potatoes in a 2-litre pressure cooker or in a pan with enough water. If using a pressure cooker, then pour water just about covering the potatoes. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles.

Once the pressure settles down in the cooker, remove the water and place the potatoes in a bowl. Let them cool or become warm. I was making some other snack as well, so I cooked more potatoes.

boiled potatoes in a steel bowl

Making green chutney 

2. Rinse and roughly chop ½ cup fresh coriander leaves (or ¼ cup mint leaves + ¼ cup coriander leaves). Place the coriander leaves in a small grinder jar. Also add ½ inch ginger (peeled and roughly chopped), 1 to 2 green chillies, ½ teaspoon chaat masala and ¼ teaspoon salt.

coriander leaves, ginger, green chillies, salt and chaat masala in a blender

3. Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice.

lemon juice being added

4. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water or as required and grind to a smooth chutney. Avoid making green chutney thin. Remove green chutney in a bowl and keep aside.

green coriander chutney for bhel puri

Making spicy red chutney

5. Peel 16 to 18 medium to large sized garlic cloves. Rinse them and place in the same grinder jar. Also sprinkle 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder and ¼ teaspoon salt.

peeled garlic cloves, salt and kashmiri red chilli powder in a blender

6. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water or as required and grind to a smooth consistency. Remove red chutney in a bowl and keep aside.

red chutney ready to make bhel puri recipe

Making sweet-sour chutney

7. In a small pan take 3 tablespoons jaggery, 3 teaspoons amchur powder (dry mango powder), ¼ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon roasted cumin powder, 1 to 2 pinches dry ginger powder (optional) and 1 to 2 pinches black salt or regular salt.

spice powders and salt in a bowl

8. Add 3 tablespoons water.

water added

9. Mix very well.

spice powders mixed with water with a steel spoon

10. Keep this pan on the stovetop and heat on a low flame.

mixture being heated

11. Let the mixture gently heat on a low flame.

sweet chutney mixture being heated

12. When the mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly, then switch off the flame. Keep aside. Check the taste and if required you can add more jaggery or mango powder if required.

sweet chutney mixture boiling

Prepping veggies

13. Peel and chop the potatoes. Finely chop 1 small to medium-sized onion and 1 medium-sized tomato. You can also chop 1 green chilli if you want. Chop some coriander leaves too.

chopped onions, tomatoes, boiled potatoes on a white chopping board

Roasting puffed rice

14. Take 2 cups puffed rice (murmura, pori, mandakki) in a pan. On a low flame stirring often dry roast the puffed rice.

This is not an essential step and you need to roast the puffed rice if they are not crisp. If they are crisp and crunchy, then you do not need to roast them.

puffed rice being roasted in a kadai

15. Roast the puffed rice for 2 to 3 minutes till they become crisp. You don’t need to brown them. Let the puffed rice cool at room temperature.

lightly roasted puffed rice to make bhel puri

Making Bhel Puri

16. Assemble everything before you begin. Keep the chutneys in a bowl. These chutneys stay well for about a week in the fridge. So you can keep the leftovers in the fridge.

chutneys kept in three glass bowls for making bhel puri recipe

17. In a bowl now take the chopped boiled potatoes, onions and tomatoes. You can also include some boiled moong beans or steamed moong bean sprouts at this step.

chopped onions, tomatoes and boiled potatoes in a large steel bowl

18. Add sweet chutney, green chutney and red chutney. You can add the quantity of chutneys as per the taste you want in a bhel puri.

For a spicy bhel puri recipe, include more of the red chutney and green chutney. For a sweet taste add more of the sweet chutney.

three chutneys added

19. Sprinkle ½ to 1 teaspoon chaat masala and ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder. Also, sprinkle some black salt as per taste. If you do not have black salt, then use pink salt, rock salt or white salt.

chaat masala, salt and cumin powder added

20. Drizzle ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice or according to taste.

lemon juice being added

21. Mix very well.

ingredients mixed evenly

22. Now add 1 tablespoon masala chana (optional) and 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts (optional). At this step, you can also top up with some crushed puri or papdi.

roasted peanuts and masala chana dal added

23. Add puffed rice.

puffed rice ahead

24. Add ¼ cup sev (fried gram flour vermicelli).

sev added

25. With a spoon, just swirl the whole mixture together well and be quick.

bhel puri done and ready to serve

26. Serve bhel puri immediately in individual bowls or plates. Top up with some sev, puri or papdi and more coriander leaves if you want. If you don’t serve bhelpuri immediately then it will become soggy and you won’t enjoy it. So be quick in serving.

bhel puri served with a side of crisp baked puri in a red rimmed white bowl

Tips

Expert Tips

  • Soggy bhel: Bhel puri has to be served as soon as it is made and immediately. Serving even after a couple of minutes will make the whole bhel puri mixture soggy and you won’t enjoy it.
  • Assembling: Keep all the ingredients ready before you start mixing everything for making bhel puri.
  • Roasting: The puffed rice should be crisp. If not crisp then roast them for some minutes in a pan on a low flame till they become crisp.
  • Variations: You can even include grated vegetables like carrots and beetroot. When raw mangoes are in season then you can even include them. Adding raw mangoes gives a very nice tangy taste and crunch.
  • Spicing: Spice powders and the chutneys can be adjusted as per your taste buds. You can make chutney at home or even use readymade ones. Best is to use homemade chutneys as you can make them as per your taste and they are fresher.

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Bhel puri is a crispy, sweet, tangy, spicy dish made with puffed rice, onions, tomatoes and assorted chutneys. This bhel puri recipe is easy to make and includes quick recipes for the three chutneys.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 30 mins


Cuisine Indian Street Food

Course: Snacks

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

Difficulty Level: Easy


Servings 3

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