Bombay Bhel or Mumbai Bhel puri is similar to life at Mumbai.It is a mix of various flavors and tastes.Although you may not like everything but together everything makes sense.There is spice,little sweetness and tangy crunch in this street food.Spicy chutneys,crunchy nuts give it a great flavor.Rice flakes make it vegan and gluten-free too.Mumbai is known for its fast life and street food.Be it pav bhaji, sev puri dahi puri, pani puri, misal pav or ragda patties.Most people love to go to Chowpatty or Khau gully every weekend if they stay far and enjoy these delicacies. Finish the snacks with a falooda or kulfi or just have some masala chai. You are so full that your dinner is done.Mumbai is a place of dreams.A city where time is money.You also travel a lot between home and work.Hence, Mumbaikars love snacking. Beach comes alive every night where locals throng for some cool breeze.Some want a quick bite or just want to unwind after a long day.
You can easily make Bhel when you come home from work. You will also find Bhelpuri chat stalls in canteens & weddings. Bengalis call the same bhelpuri Jhaal muri.There is just a slight variation.We saute rice puffs in mustard oil for this recipe. Unlike pani puri which needs prep like boiled potatoes and jaljira, this is more easy to make instantly. This is my go to recipe.If it is raining,you definitely feel like having something fried like pakodas or have a chaat. Bhelpuri satisfies your appetite and the craving for junk food.Yet it takes care of waist line as all of it is not fried. Add roasted nuts to it instead of fried sev and you can have it without being concerned about your weight.I always store some mint and date chutney in freezer for this instant fix. Just thaw the chutney and serve with any snack you wish to eat. Be it samosa vada pav or aloo tikki.
You don't need to be a chef for this snack. Add or subtract any ingredients as per your choice.
How to make a diet bhel puri or low cal bhel puri ?
To make this a low calorie recipe, reduce the namkeen or sev by other healthier ingredients. I prefer to add grated carrot in this recipe to increase the volume and reduce the number of calories in the recipe. Carrots also add to the nutrient content and helps you with Vitamin A. Great way to disguise them when your kid refuses to eat it.
Ingredients for bhel
- Murmura - Puffed rice
- Namkeen - trail mix/snacks
- Onion - chopped
- Tomato - chopped
- Chutney - Coriander and Tamarind/
- Pomegranate seeds (optional)
- Green chilli
- Carrot - grated (optional , only if you want to make it healthy)
Read the recipe of healthy Bombay bhel or Mumbai Bhelpuri
Bombay Bhel /Mumbai Bhel puri recipe
- 1-½ cup 'murmura' or puffed rice
- 1 tomato chopped
- ½ onion chopped
- 1 -2 tablespoon green chutney mint,coriander chutney
- 1-2 tablespoon tamarind or date chutney
- ¼ cup Bombay mixture or any spicy trail mixture optional
- ¼ cup nylon sev
- 1 small green chilli finely chopped
- ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds optional
- A pinch of salt as per taste
- Handful Coriander leaves finely chopped for garnish
- Add all ingredients in a bowl except salt and mix well.
- Add salt in the end just before you serve so that it remains crunchy.
- Serve in paper cups or bowls.
You can make the snack as spicy or as mild as you want. Make a spicier version by adding more chopped green chillies. Remove the chilly to make a milder version. Just go as per your taste buds. You may add fried sev or bake sev and store it at home. Add crushed roasted peanuts if you do not have trail mix at home.Make it spicy or sweet as per your mood.Indian street food can pep you up instantly however bad your day might have been.
Make and store the chutney in a plastic jar in the freezer. Thaw in warm water before serving. This way you can make bhel anytime.Better than buying it ready made.
You cannot mix all ingredients and keep together as it gets soggy. Best to chop ingredients fresh and add just before eating.