• Amita Makwana

Chatpati Bhel

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

What is Bhel..?

Bhelpuri is a savoury snack, originating from the Indian subcontinent, and is also a type of chaat. It is made of puffed rice, vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce.

Bhel is often identified with the beaches of Mumbai, such as Chowpatty or Juhu. Bhelpuri was contributed by the city's Gujaratis, who made it by adding complex flavours to the simple North Indian chaat. Gujarati housewives began making it, and invented several varieties like the pakodi puri, and as it spread many different communities like the Mangaloreans and Sindhis made their own versions.

The recipe has spread to most parts of India where it has been modified to suit local food availability. Dry bhel is made from bhadang, a spicy namkeen from Western Maharashtra, and is consumed after garnishing with onions, coriander and lemon juice.The Bengali variant of bhelpuri is called jhalmuri (meaning "spicy puffed rice"). A native Mysore variant of bhelpuri is known as churumuri or churmuri in Mangalore.


  • 1 bowl Puffed Rice

  • Peanuts

  • 2-3 chopped Green Chillies

  • 1 cup Onion

  • 1 cup Tomato

  • Salt to taste

  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chilli powder

  • 1/2 tbsp Chaat Masala

  • 1 cup Sev

  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp Green Chutney

  • 2 tbsp Tamarind Chutney

  • Sev for Garnishing

Instructions -

  • In a mixing bowl take puffed rice, add peanuts, chopped green chillies, mixture, chopped onion, chopped tomato and salt to taste and mix well.

  • Now add red chilli powder, chaat masala, sev, lemon juice, green chutney, tamarind chutney and combine well.

  • Now garnish with some extra sev and serve tasty bhel.

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