While traveling from Mumbai to Hyderabad I tried this dish at Pune station. It was delicious. That day onwards whenever I used to travel to Hyderabad I used to eat this delicious snack.
But I never tried this at home until one of my friend asked for it. So finally last Saturday I tried this dish. It turned out very good.

Lot of people must be wondering what does dabeli means. How does it look?
In simple words it is a kind of vegetarian burger. In western part of India it is also known as Double roti.

Whenever you have guests next time instead of regular onion bajji or salsa chips try this as a starter. Guests will be amazed and I am 100% sure they will ask you the recipe.


Dabeli Masala Powder:

1tbsp of Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp of Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
2 Red chilies (U can reduce as per the spice level)
1/2 inch cinnamon Stick
2 cloves

Roast the above ingredients and make it like a powder in a blender. Keep it aside this is used in the filling.


2 Potatoes boiled and mashed potatoes
1 small onion chopped finely
1/2tsp of cumin seeds
2tbsp roasted peanuts
Pinch of hing (asafetida powder)
1tsp oil
Little bit butter to roast the buns.
Green Chutney (Recipe is added separately. Check in the Chutnies section)
Tamarind, Date chutney (Recipe is added separately. Check in the Chutnies section)
3 tbsp of pomegranate seeds (Optional. I haven't put them since it is not season right now.)
Sev for garnishing.


Heat a pan. Once the pan is hot add oil, cumin seeds, hing. Once the cumin seeds are turned golden color add chopped onions. Once the onions turned little golden color add the Dabeli Masala. Keep frying the onions in masala for 2 more mts; add the mashed potatoes, chooped coriander and salt. Keep it for 5-6 mts and turn off the heat.

Now take a pav/bun. Cut in a 3/4 so that the filling stays in the bun. Spread 1 tsp of coriander/green chutney, chopped onions, 1tbsp of potato filling/curry, 1tsp of tamarind-date chutney,5-6 peanuts.

Prepare all the buns the way it is explained above. Heat a pan and add little butter and roast the buns in butter for 1-2 mts and turn off the heat. Garnish the buns with Sev and pomegranate seeds.

These very tasty and it fills your stomach. Nice snack for the evening.


  1. I don't think I've been here before. You have a lovely blog.

    I like dabeli.:-)This post brought back memories of the street-food that I loved to eat and the good old days I spent in Bombay.

  2. Hi,
    thankyou for sharing this recipe,as today is sunday, i want to try this dhabeli pav. but i don't know how to prepare the green chutney,,I don't see it in chutney's section.can you pls let me know how to prepare it.thankyou.

  3. Hi it is there in http://sailajasrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/04/coriander-mint-chutney-green-chutney.html
    Check and let me know

  4. hi sailaja, i tasted thsi in my frnds kitty party. she gave me teh recipe but was also checking online and found urs too.. gr8 taste. will try out soon

  5. hey sailaja..nice recipes i must say and i m going to try dabeli this week.

  6. First time to your blog.you have a nice little space..yummy dabeli's ..going to try them today...
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