Kacchi Dabeli| Dabeli Recipe| Dabeli Masala

Kacchi dabeli is one of the popular street foods of the Western region of India, especially in Gujrat and Maharashtra. Dabeli is basically a mixture of sweet and tangy flavors and a delightful snack that offers a burst of flavors in every bite, making it a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Dabeli Recipe is generally served as an evening snack, but you can also serve it for breakfast or lunch, and it is made with a unique combination of ingredients.

The secret ingredient in this recipe that imparts an irresistible taste lies in the special dabeli masala, which adds a unique taste.

Dabeli Recipe

About Dabeli

 The name “Dabeli” is derived from the Gujarati word “Dabel,” which means “pressed.” This name aptly describes the process of assembling the dish, where a Dabeli masala-spiced potato filling is stuffed and pressed between the butter pav or buns. With every bite, you can experience a burst of textures, from the softness of boiled potatoes to the crunchiness of masala-roasted peanuts and sev.

Kacchi Dabeli is also called Double Roti. It is often referred to as the Indian Desi Burger, a lip-smacking Indian snack recipe that hails from the vibrant streets of the Kutch region of Gujarat, a region known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse cuisine. Thus, it is also named Kutchi Dabeli or Kacchi Dabeli.

Previously, it was readily available, mainly on the streets of Gujarat and Maharashtra. But now it is available in other parts of India because of its vast popularity.

Who invented the Dabeli recipe?

Originally, the Dabeli recipe was invented by Keshavji Gabha Chudasama in the 1960s, whose residence was in Mandvi, Kutch, Gujarat. In 1960, he started his business by selling dabeli, which was loved by all and became an extremely popular street food in Mandvi, Bhuj, and a few other regions of Gujrat due to its amazing taste.

Dabeli Masala

The magic of Dabeli is in the ingredients for dabeli masala, which are very common in kitchen spices. Anyone can easily make dabeli masala powder at home; without the dabeli masala, Kacchi Dabeli cannot be prepared. The basic ingredient you require to prepare the dabeli masala is that you must dry roast and grind the following spices: bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cardamom, star anise, and coriander seeds. But in this recipe, we have added more ingredients to make it more flavorful. The homemade Dabeli masala powder is a much better choice than the grocery store variety. For quick preparation, you can always find it online or at any supermarket.

The process of preparing the Dabeli recipe from scratch is a little long but easy. Once you arrange and assemble all the ingredients systematically, it could be easy to prepare and be ready in a few minutes to serve.

Dabeli Recipe

In this preparation, all you need to prepare is the sweet tamarind chutney, spicy red garlic chutney, mashed potato filling, and dabeli masala powder pressed and stuffed in a bun or pav, along with a variety of toppings such as coriander leaves, pomegranate seeds, roasted peanuts, and sev.

This vegetarian recipe gives you so many flavors at the same time with just a bite and leaves you hungry for more. Enjoy preparing this easy recipe for your family and its lip-smacking taste this weekend!


Dabeli Masala

  • Coriander seeds-½ cups
  • Cumin seeds-2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds -1 tbsp
  • Black Cardamom -4 Nos
  • Star anise (Chakra Phool)- 2 nos.
  • Clove-2-3Nos.
  • Black Peppercorns-(10-15) nos
  • White Sesame seeds-1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon stick-2 2 inches
  • Bay leaf -2-3 No
  • Dry Kashmiri chilli-2-3 Nos. (broken in half)
  • Black salt -2 tsp
  • Degi red chilli powder-1 ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida-¼ tsp
  • Dry Coconut -⅓ cup (grated)
  • Peanut oil-2 tbsp
  • Sugar -2 tsp

For Red Garlic Chutney

  • Dry Kashmiri red chilli-10-12 no. (soaked)
  • Garlic cloves-10-12 Nos
  • Salt -as per taste
  • Sugar-1 tsp
  • Degi red chilli powder-½ tsp
  • Peanut oil -2 tsp
  • Peanut -¼ cup

Masala peanuts

  • Roasted peanut – ⅓ cup
  • Dabeli masala -2 tbsp

Tamarind chutney

  • Tamarind – 1 cup
  • Hot water -1.5 litre
  • Peanut oil -2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder- 1 tbsp
  • Spicy red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Dabeli masala – 1 tsp
  • Sugar- 3/4 cup
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp

Dabeli (potato) filling

  • Peanut oil-2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Spicy red chilli powder- 2 tsp
  • Dabeli masala – 3 tbsp
  • Hot water- a dash
  • Hot water -1 litre
  • Salt- to taste
  • Boiled potato – 6 medium-sized
  • Tamarind chutney – 5-6 tbsp
  • Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1tsp
  • Sugar – 5 tbsp

For Assembling

  • Tamarind chutney
  • Red garlic chutney
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh coconut
  • Fresh coriander
  • Dabeli pav
  • Dabeli stuffing
  • Peanuts
  • Nylon sev
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Butter

How to make Dabeli Recipe

Step 1: Preparing Dabeli masala

  • Take a pan and switch on the flame on low heat, add the ingredients (coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black cardamom, star anise, cloves, black peppercorns, white sesame seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, dry Kashmiri chili, black salt, degi red chilli powder and asafoetida). Dry roast all the ingredients until the spices turn aromatic.
  • After, transfer it into a bowl.
  • Then in the same pan dry roast, the grated coconut and transfer it into the same bowl. Allow it cool down and transfer the mixture into the mixer grinder and grind it into fine powder.
  • In a bowl transfer ground masala and add peanut oil, and sugar, and mix well. Keep it aside for further use.

Step 2: Red Garlic Chutney

  • In a mixer grinder, add soaked Kashmiri red chilli, garlic cloves, salt to taste, sugar, degi red chilli powder, peanut oil, and peanuts.
  • Add a little water into the grinder and make a fine smooth paste.
  • Transfer the red chutney into a bowl and keep it aside for further use.

Step 3: For masala peanuts

  • In a separate mixing bowl, add roasted peanut, and the prepared dabeli masala and combine it well.
  • Keep it aside for further use.

Step 3: Tamarind chutney

  • In a bowl, add tamarind along with hot water & and cover the bowl with a lid. Let it soak for 30 minutes.
  • Once the tamarind is soaked and mashed the tamarind nicely gets all the flavor into the water. Strain the tamarind water.
  • Turn on the flame on high heat, in a pan put peanut oil, and allow the oil to heat.
  • Once the oil gets heated, add turmeric powder, Kashmiri chili powder, spicy red chili powder, and dabeli masala. Stir it nicely.
  • Now, add all the strained tamarind water to the pan.
  • Next, add sugar, salt to taste, cumin powder and coriander powder. Stir it well and cook it for about 10 minutes.
  • Cook the chutney to a semi-thick consistency. Then, switch off the flame and transfer it into a bowl.
  • Allow it to cool down and it will be thickening bit more.

Step 4: Dabeli (potato)filling

  • On a high flame, keep a heavy-bottom pan, put peanut oil, and heat it up.
  • Then reduce the flame to low heat and add turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, Spicy red chili powder, and Dabeli masala and stir it well.
  • Immediately add a dash of water to prevent spices from burning. Stir it and cook the masala mixture for about 2 minutes
  • Once you have cooked the masala mixture add hot water to it and sprinkle some salt as per taste.
  • Then add boiled and roughly crushed potatoes into the pan.
  • Further add other ingredients tamarind chutney, cumin powder, coriander powder, and sugar. Mix it properly.
  • Cook the mixture for about 6 minutes, and the dabeli filling is ready. Let it cool to room temperature.

Step 4: For Assembling Dabeli

  • Transfer the dabeli filling to a plate and garnish it with sprinkled prepared masala peanut, chopped onion, nylon sev, fresh coconut, fresh coriander leaves, and pomegranate seeds.
  • Then, slit the pav in the center and spread tamarind chutney on one side and on another side red garlic chutney. Stuff the generous layer of prepared dabeli filling mixture into the pav or buns.
  • Roll the dabeli with nylon sev.
  • Set a non-stick pan on high heat. Add butter to it and toast the assembled dabeli stuffed pav in the pan and coat it well with butter from both sides.
  • Ensure that both sides of the pav turn slightly golden brown.
  • Garnish it with coriander, chopped onion and pomegranate. Delicious Dabeli Recipe is ready.
  • Always use fresh soft readymade buns or pav or homemade pav.
  • If you have a readymade Dabeli Masala at home, use that.
  • If you do not have Dabeli masala ingredients or the masala itself at home, you can add some Pav Bhaji masala instead. It adds flavor to your Dabeli.
  • Balance the spice level according to your taste preference.
  • If you want to avoid garlic in red chutney, then you make a spicy chutney without adding garlic to it.
  • You can add grapes to the dabeli filling.


1. What is the difference between dabeli and Vada Pav?

Dabeli and Vada Pav are both popular street foods in India, but they have some key differences. While both are served in a bun or pav, dabeli has a spicy tangy potato masala stuffed inside the Pav along with red garlic chutney, tamarind chutney, onions, sev, and pomegranate. In contrast, Vada Pav consists of a deep-fried potato called vada stuffed inside the pav, served with chutney and spices. Dabeli belongs to Gujrat and Vada pav originates from Maharashtra. Vada pav is not toasted in butter and Dabeli is toasted.

2. Is dabeli a sweet or spicy food?

 Dabeli is a famous street food in Gujarat. It is a flavorful and tangy street food snack that combines sweet and spicy flavors perfectly.

3. Which city is famous for dabeli in India?

Dabeli originated in Mandvi, a city located in the Kutch region. The city is renowned for its authentic Dabeli Masala, which adds a unique flavor to this delicious snack. Previously, the Dabeli recipe has gained popularity only in the Kutch and Gujarat regions. But now it become famous across various states of India such as Maharashtra, parts of Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

4. Is dabeli good for health?

Dabeli recipes consist of high amounts of oil, spices, and carbohydrates, which may not be suitable for those looking for a nutritious meal.
While it is delicious and enjoyed by many, I would like to point out that dabeli is not considered a healthy option.

5. What is dabeli filling made of?

The dabeli filling is made of a mixture of mashed potatoes, spices, red chutney, and tamarind chutney. It is then garnished with roasted peanuts, chopped onions, pomegranate seeds, and sev for added texture and flavor.

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