Bhelpuri

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Title: Bhelpuri
Yield: 1 Servings
Categories: Appetizers, Indian

Ingredients:

Puffed Rice (1 carton Rice
Krispies may be
1 pk Bhel mix or Sev
2 c Mashed Boiled potatoes
(mashed crudely and
1/2 c Chopped Fresh Coriander
Leaves (a.k.a Chin
3 tb Freshly roasted and ground
Cumin
To taste Green chillies
Freshly ground black pepper
To taste Tamarind
To taste Jaggery
-(or Brown Sugar)
1 c Chopped onions.


1. First boil the potatoes. Mash them and salt them, add pepper to taste.
Add some coriander leaves too.

2. Roast the cumin and grind it.

3. Dissolve about 4 tbsp of Tamarind concentrate in 1 cup of hot water,
and let it simmer to thicken gradually. Dissolve the jaggery (or sugar)
till the sauce becomes tart and slightly sweet. (You may add some salt and
ground red paprika, if you want to). The sauce should be of a consistency
slightly thinner than maple syrup. Pour into a serving container (like a
creamer). Mix the puffed rice and sev/bhel mix in a large bowl.

4. On your plate, serve yourself the rice-bhel mixture, add the
potatoes, then the onions, chillies, dust the cumin powder over it. Then
pour the sauce. Top with the coriander garnish. (Add salt/pepper to taste).

5. Mix the goop in your plate and eat it soon.

Note: This is a concoction that I often bought from street vendors in
India. My mouth still waters whenever I think of Bhel. The recipe
presented here was taken off the net and I haven't had a chance to try it
yet. I include the note from the contributors:

Warning: this recipe is directed at those who know what Bhelpuri tastes
like, quantities mentioned are approximate, proportions are left to the
readers, to their taste. Purists will have to go to an Indian grocery shop.
Deviationists may use substitutes) The most important thing is to keep
the puffed rice-sev mixture crisp by not adding the other ingredients to it
until serving, and do so on your plate.

Recipe By : Somesh Rao

From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster collection at www.synapse.com/~gemini