Monday, August 29, 2005


Originally uploaded by dalbhat.
My bag is heavy and I am just about to leave my local bazaar in the evening...when the bhelpuri cart attracts my attention. I'm not sure if it is the fun of watching him put a little bit of this and a little bit of that into his recycled conical cup or the tangy taste afterwards that draws me in the most.

Although I tend to favor the stall right near home, bhelpuri snack stalls are ubiquitous in this city, and are said to be synonymous with the beaches of Mumbai. Puffed rice forms the base of the bhel. To this, finely cut tomatoes, onions, boiled potatoes and chillies are added. Next some chutneys (tangy tamarind!) are added to give it a sweet or spicy flavour. Lastly various fixings are sprinkled on top like fried puris, other crunchies and freshly chopped coriander leaves. This mix all adds up to a sour/pungent/sweet taste you can eat right from the cone (made of recycled magazine pages!) with your little wooden spoon. Ahhh. Now I can go home for the evening!