Hello Foodies and Buddies!
This week’s Dish of the Week is a Gujarati special that comes to us from Chef Ami Lalan: Dabeli. It is a popular snack originating from the Kutch region in Gujarat. It is a spicy-sweet snack made by mixing boiled potato with a special Dabeli masala and stuffed into Ladi Pav (Burger Buns).
It is a dish that holds some special significance to Chef Ami. She says, “Its roots are in my native so yes it holds a special significance in the sense that we like to make it only with the special masala bought from Kutch, Gujarat. This dish, though a snack, is filling and bursting with flavours and is a must try!”
It is a family favourite for Chef Ami and she says the biggest challenge associated with the dish is to stop eating it because it’s so delicious.
She was even kind enough to describe the history of the dish to us: “Dabeli literally means “pressed” in the Gujarati language. It is said to be invented by one Keshavji Gabha Chudasama alias Kesha Malam, a resident of Mandvi, Kutch in the 1960s. When he started a business he sold a Dabeli at one anna or six paise. His shop is still there in Mandvi and business is now carried by his descendants.”
Gujarati dishes are Chef Ami’s passion and she says she is looking forward to making more of them famous on FoodyBuddy. “Handva (Steamed Vegetable Pancakes) and Khandvi (soft melt in the mouth Savoury Roll) are two Gujarati delicacies which will win people’s tummy,” she concludes with a smile!