I love the concoction of colors and flavors in this dish. I fell in love with it the very first time I laid my eyes on Nupur's post and this goes to her event-BB. A dabeli is nothing but some spicy potato curry stuffed in a pav/indian bread and embellished with different chutney/sauces, pomegranates, grapes and sev (a crispy condiment-hmmm like deep fried onions?). It kinda looks like vada pav and tastes sorta like pav bhaji. It is simple and yet so enriching. Just like our lives, so mixed up with different feelings, plethora of emotions and inundated with relationships. A kutchi dabeli so very well exemplifies the above; it is sweet, tangy, hot, chewy, soft.... it just has a lot going on there. I will simply term kutchi dabeli as 'very sexy' and hence, one needs to have a hand on it at the nearest opportunity possible (pun unintended).
He loved our leather reclining Sofa :)
Last night, we had an unexpected guest in our house for an hour. Unexpected alright, but it was the most fun I had the entire day. Goose: My neighbor's black 3 year old lab. He is simply adorable. Avi and myself plunged into the offer to look after him for an hour uwhile she packed her things to shift into another apartment (yes, we won't be seeing Goose anymore). Although he was newly adopted from a shelter, he was so well behaved and loving. I decided that we would adopt a dog from the shelter as well (when ever we do adopt that is) and give a dog a loving family it deserves. It was heart breaking to know that 60% of the dogs in the shelter are euthanized. Not fair at all; all of them are so full of life and eager to please you. I totally agree with an "about me" space my friend filled in facebook. He said, " I want to be the person my dog thinks I am". So true, they love us as if we are the best. They don't judge or ask questions. They wag their tail and welcome us no matter how many times we come through the main door.
Coming to today's chow, Avi had a bite and an "ummmm" ensued. I was pleased. We had dabeli for dinner, made some for today's lunch and cribbed about it getting over this evening. I made the meetha chutney from scratch as well. You can follow Nupur's recipe here.
I just added some green chutney (coriander-pudina chutney) to the dabeli as well. The fresh coriander-pudina flavor seems to do wonders for this dish. I couldn't find sev at the Indian store this time, so added some crushed chips for the crunch. Do not add too much of the chips as they tend to overwhelm the dabeli and it can get salty too as chips are already salted. I preferred the dabeli in diner rolls better than the small hamburger rolls. One can chose the bread as per convenience.
Going back to my recurrent dailies, driving my own car has been added to the list. Yes, more driving in the future for me. I have also started to crotchet half an hour a day. My plate is full and it is nice this way.
Do not forget to add the grapes and pomegranate seeds. They will a world of difference to your dabeli. It is an absolutely imperative to do so; no two ways about it.