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*Kutchi Dabeli (Double Roti)

Today's recipe in my blog comes from the soil of Kutch (Gujarat)-the land of Garba and dandiya and also my native place and I am proud to be a part of such a great land.

Kutchi/Gujarati cuisine is said to be a vegetarian's dream come true.The famous Indian British cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey has termed Gujarati cuisine as "the haute cuisine of vegetarianism."

I want to share with you all a small briefing on Kutchi cuisine:

The staple food is Rotlas made of Bajri (millet) which the locals relish with butter milk or `chhas`, jaggery or 'gud'. Khichhdi,made of rice and dal (pulses) is liked by everyone. It is eaten with kadhi -a savory curry made with yogurt using bay leaves, ginger, chilies and finely chopped vegetables as garnishing-onions and pickle.Using the same lentils and rice, Kutchi kitchens produce delectable items like the Khaman dhokla, a salty steamed cake made from chickpea flour; Doodh pak, sweet, thickened milk confectioned with nuts, and Srikhand, a dessert made of yogurt, flavored with saffron, cardamom, nuts and candied fruit which is eaten with hot, fluffy pooris. These three delicacies have made their way into the favorites list of the rest of India too and can be found in restaurants all over the country. (http://www.indianetzone.com/20/kutchi_receipes_beverages.htm)

Kutchi dabeli (Double Roti)

Kutchi Dabeli or Double Roti as it is popularly known is a tangy,sweet and spicy delicacy from Kutch ( Gujarat) and traditionally sold on the streets of gujarat. This snack has also become very famous on the streets of Mumbai,we can say its a different version of vada pav. This is one of my most favourite food...........It gives me a kind of nostalgic feeling and takes me down the memory lane to my childhood days when I was in mumbai. When me and my mother used to go to the market,we used to eat Dabeli from one particular stall......it was soooooooo delicious, I have never eaten such a tasty Dabeli anywhere else.

Here in US we don't get Dabeli masala, so what,no problems!!! You can make it at home or use this recipe for a jhatpat dabeli,no need to make dabeli masala separately.


  • Pav bhaji Buns 6-8
For Filling
  • Potatoes 4
  • Onion 1 (Medium)
  • Hot(spicy ) Peanuts 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind-Dates chutney 1-2 tbsp
  • Cumin-Corainder (Jeera-Dhania) powder 1-1 1/2 tbsp
  • Garam masala 2-3 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing) a pinch
  • Sugar 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
To serve
  • Butter 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind-Khajur chutney 4-6 tbsp
  • Garlic chutney 2 tbsp
  • Hot peanuts 1/2 cup
  • Onion (raw) 1/2
  • Nylon sev 1/2 cup
  • Pomegranate cleaned (optional)
  • Boil ,peel and mash the potatoes.

  • Heat the oil in a pan,add asafoetida and saute the onions in it till they are light golden brown.

  • Add the mashed potatoes,hot peanuts,cumin-corainder powder ,garam masala,red chilli powder,sugar and salt.Mix well.

  • Remove from the fire, add 1-2 tbsp tamarind-date chutney and mix well.

  • The filling is now ready.
How to serve:
  • Slice the bun horizontally in half.

  • Apply both the chutneys on lower part of the bun.

  • Take about 2 tbsp of filling and place it on the lower part of the bun.

  • Garnish with chopped onion, peanuts, sev, pomegranate.

  • Roast both the sides of the bun using little butter on a non stick tawa.
Ho gayi Kutchi Dabeli taiyaar.....Enjoy!!!

Serves 4

I am very happy to send this recipe for the Sandwich Festival hosted by Anupama of Food-n-more. Eagerly waiting for the round-up.


Asha said...

Great looking Dabeli, Indian style chatpati sandwich. Good job! :))

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Thanx for the amazing recipe dear

Cham said...

I thought it was pav Bhaji... but glad to know it is originated from Gujurat. It looks Great ur Kutchi Dabelki recipe !

asmita said...

I love dabeli! will definitely try out your recipe..

Madhavi said...

Dabeli looks goood, very nice recipe.thanxxx for sharing!!!

Meera said...

I sent the same entry for the sandwich festival!:-D

Looks great! Wonderful entry.

karuna said...

hey hetal, thnx for visiting my blog. wht a co incidence, i made dabelis today. i am punju married to a gujju, so i learnt all this after marriage. nice blog.

Madhuram said...

Nice entry Hetal. It looks very good.

I have something for you in my blog. Check it out.

Seema said...

Dabeli looks great...Saw it recently in someone elses blog too, cant remember whos!! So many bloggers out there.. Thanks for visiting my blog.. you have a great one too!

meeso said...

This looks good, I am enjoying your blog so far :)

Jigna Desai said...

Dabeli is one of my favourite picnic dish. I also add small green/red grapes, cashew, pomegrantes just to give little bit fruity test.

Sunshinemom said...

Wow, that's a great entry. Did not even think of it:). It is a very popular dish at the stalls in Thane. In fact Thane is famous for its dabeli too.

delhibelle said...

I love dabeli,such a nice entry for the sandwich festival!

Vani said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Hetal! I love dabeli - did u know I first came to know of it, not in India, but in the US?! Congrats on the award! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry...Couldnt resist myself from commenting. But, i am a big fan of Dabeli and have had it hundred of times....Its a very common snack served at Mumbai stalls....The most important ingredient of dabeli masala is cloves and cinammon and you dabeli masala does not have either...

Hetal said...

Hi Anonymous,thanks for your comment.
As mentioned in my post,instead of Dabeli masala I have used garam masala which has all the spices.

Jyoti said...

Thanks Hetal

A great recipe, I always remember the double roti at Darbargadh it was the best as were the Pani Puri and Dahi Vada we always had second helpings. Bless you Hetal, you brought Kutch home to me I will definitely make this to surprise my family.

The Housewife said...

Hey Hetal! I finally managed to log on to the comp and track down your dabeli recipe! Simply awesome! Btw you're a brave lady to be making pita at home!

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