Mumbai has a lot to offer, especially its paradoxical nature. The city is chaotic yet magical, traditional yet contemporary, over-crowded and bursting at its seams – you get the drift. It’s a concrete jungle that everyone is striving to get a slice of. Speaking of slices, Mumbaikars are known for their crazy love for street food and of course, for its army of hawkers that help satiate their cravings. My search today lead me to the famous bhel puri.
The city takes its love for food very seriously, and you know what they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” So I did just that by exploring the fare that a local street food vendor had to offer. The moment I took to the street I knew I was in a mood to risk my taste buds in search of street food that’s light, tangy and crunchy, all at once. What could be better than giving the sweet and savory snack, bhel puri a shot! Made of potato, rice puffs, tomatoes and onions, the lip-smacking snack is a unique mix of texture, flavours and colours. It was ‘mind blowingly’ good! I couldn’t help but draw inspiration from it by re-imaging it to make it my own.
So here’s a low down on my version of bhel puri –
2 tsp black soya beans, roasted
2 tbs Black rice puffs
1 tbs Roasted fox nuts (makhana)
1 tsp Crushed roasted peanuts
2 tsp Diced avocado
2 tsp Chopped onion
2 tsp Chopped tomatoes
1 tbs Microgreens or Chopped lettuce
1 tsp Fresh coriander
2 tsp Lime juice
2 tsp Dried raisins
1 tsp Tamarind chutney
1 tsp Sriracha
Pinch Chaat Masala
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the puffs with nuts (you may use any other puffed grains or nuts of your choice). Add chopped tomato, onion, avocado, cranberries and coriander. Drizzle tamarind chutney and Sriracha to taste. Sprinkle chaat masala, a squeeze of lime juice, and lightly toss until thoroughly mixed. Lastly, fold in micro greens or chopped herbs.
Apart from being refreshing, my take on bhel puri makes it light, easy to digest, fun and completely vegan too! So when you are not up for having salad with lettuce I highly recommend you add my recipe to your ‘snack’ list.