Dabeli is also called double roti in Bombay. I think Dabeli might be the second popular fast food sold after vada pav in Bombay. If you get a chance to go to Bombay, you should definitely try Dabeli there.
Here is the recipe for making Dabeli Masala at home
3 Teaspoon Fennel seeds
4 Teaspoon Cumin (Jeera)
1-1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds (dry Dhaniya)
4 Bay Leaves
3 Pepper Corns
A 2” long Cinnamon Stick
½ Teaspoon Turmeric
½ Teaspoon Amchur Powder
4 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Star Anise
Seeds from one Black Cardamom (kali Elaichi)
Note: I didn’t have black cardamom and star anise at home, so I skipped these two ingredients.
For making the Potato Mixer you will need:
4 medium Sized Potatoes
Salt to Taste
Kernels Separated from a Pomegranate
1/8th Cup Shredded Carrots
1/8th Cup Shredded
1/4th Cup Grapes (Halved)
1/8th Cup Finley Chopped Coriander Leaves
Now For the Spicy Peanuts:
1 Cup Peanuts
Salt to Taste
1/4th Teaspoon Garam Masala
1/4th Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon Oil
Method for Making Spicy Peanuts:
Dry roast the peanuts on slow flame until it turns crunchy. (I heat the oven to 175 degrees F and roast them for 15-20 minutes). Let it cool. Then rub them between your hands to remove as much peanut skin as you can. Add all the ingredients required to make spicy peanuts. Mix and keep aside.
Garlic Chutney and Khajur Imli Ki Chutney:
Click here for the Garlic and Khajur Imli ki Chutney (sweet and sour chutney) recipe.
To assemble a Dabeli, you will also need “laadi pav” or dinner rolls/French rolls/burger bun. I use French rolls and cut in half to make two Dabelis out of bread.
Method for making Potato Mixture
If you are using French rolls, cut them in half (lengthwise) such that you can make two Dabelis out of one roll. Make a slit in the middle of the bread keeping the bottom 1/4th part intact. Now apply the garlic chutney and khajur imli ki chutney per taste. (I don’t apply khajur imli ki chutney on mine, because my Dabeli wala [in Kandivali:)] never applied mithi [sweet] chutney on Dabeli). Then place a big spoonful of potato mixture in the center of the bread. Now add some pomegranate kernels, some spicy peanut and some onion. Make 4-5 Dabelis at a time, so that they can all be cooked together. Heat a griddle, and melt some butter on it. Now place the stuffed breads on the griddle and cook at low-medium flame. Apply some more butter on the upper surface of the breads and carefully flip to cook both sides evenly. Cook until both sides are crunchy and golden brown in color. Serve Hot.!!!