Recipes from Fairwater residents | 08 January 2019

Urban tadka platter (Dabeli) by Rekha Bhardwaj

Urban Tadka

Urban tadka platter is my childhood favourite dish. It is a traditional Northern Indian (Punjabi) - a platter that brings together various spices, sweetness and tang all in one plate.




 4 round buns

 1/4 cup scraped coconut
 1 1/2 tablespoon dabeli masala powder (get it from Indian grocery shop)  1/4 cup pomegranate peals
 3 tablespoons oil  10 - 12 black grapes, chopped
 2 large potatoes, boiled and mashed  1 cup nylon sev (you can buy from any Indian grocery store)
 Salt to taste  2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves chopped
 1 tablespoon lemon juice  1/4 cup red chili garlic chutney
 1/2 cup sweet date and tamarind chutney  2 medium onions chopped
 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)  2 tablespoons butter
 1/2 cup spice peanuts (optional)  




1. Heat oil in pan. Add potatoes, salt and a little water. Mix well and add dabeli masala, lemon juice, half cup of sweet tamarind chutney and sugar. Mix and cook till the moisture is absorbed.

2. Transfer the mixture into a plate and spread it out. Sprinkle spicy peanuts, scraped coconut, pomegranate pearls, black grapes, half sev and coriander leaves over the top. Slit the buns horizontally without cutting through.

3.Spread red chili garlic chutney, a layer of the stuffing, sweet date and tamarind chutney, onion and sev in between the two halves.

4. Place the stuffed buns on a hot tawa. Press slightly and toast on both sides, with a little butter till done. Serve hot.


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