This is a very famous street food of Gujarat, India which you will find in many street corner. This is also widely available in Mumbai street side, which is loved by young and old. This is also one of my son’s favourite food. The reason I gave the name Jain dabeli is because I am using raw banana. Traditionally it is made using potato but there are many who doesn’t eat potato specially Jain community who avoid any kind of root vegetables. You can replace banana with potato or add half and half…choice is yours! I actually like using raw banana which gives dabeli natural sweetness.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
4-5 raw banana
2-3 green chilies chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp dabeli masala (available in Indian store)
15-20 grapes cut in half
1 cup pomegranate seeds (if it is in the season)
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup roasted peanuts crushed
Salt to taste
Bread – I used burger buns
Date Tamarind chutney
Garlic chutney (avoid if you don’t eat)
Finely chopped onion (avoid if you don’t eat)
1. Cut banana in two pieces and pressure cook for 1-2 whistle or boil until it is soft from inside. Once cooked, removed skin and mash it while it is still hot. Tip: It is much easier to mash banana when they are hot.
2. In a bowl, add mashed banana, chopped green chilies, lemon juice, sugar and dabeli masala. Heat 1 tbsp. oil and pour over dabeli masala. Then add grapes, pomegranate seeds, chopped coriander leaves, crushed peanuts and salt. Mix everything well. Taste it and adjust as per your taste. You can prepare this ahead of time.
3. On a burger bun, spread about 2 tbsp banana mixture. On that spread 1 tsp date tamarind chutney, garlic chutney, onion and cover the bun. Heat a flat pan, add some butter and heat the bun from both sides.
4. Serve immediately with date tamarind chutney on the side.
This is perfect for anytime of the day or pack for lunch. Use oil instead of butter if you are on vegan diet. If you want to make it Jain version, avoid using garlic chutney and onion. If you are on nut free diet, avoid adding peanuts. It will still taste great!!
Also let me know if you have any questions regarding the dish.
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