The berry season has begun. The juicy red berries are perched perfectly to get casually added to our currently rare expedition (grocery shopping trips). The first batch of strawberries we bought was juicy and sweet. With these thoughts in mind, picked a few boxes more than usual.
The first batch we nibbled on when back home (of course washed!) was really sour. Biting into a sour strawberry actually reminded me of fresh raw mangoes. I knew my greedy grab is not going to be eaten up anytime soon if something was done to them. Serves me right for all that Greed!! The sour strawberry batch certainly will need tons of sugar added to sweeten them up to make some strawberry preserve, so not that way I would like to go.
Bhelpuri from the memories
The bhelpuri that migrated to the South of India has a cool touch to it. At least the ones we lived on in Manipal (during college days) had finely chopped raw mangoes and a touch of coconut oil added to the mix. This gave an unusual twist to the crispy puffed rice snack. This memory certainly opened up my ideas to the sour strawberries, go the savoury way.
The bhelpuri mix ( fondly called Bhel)
The basic fresh ingredients for this strawberry bhelpuri are certainly red onions, cilantro and green chillies. The swaps in this inspired bhelpuri are certainly sour strawberry and the creamy bites from the avocados. The strawberry replaces both the raw mango and tomatoes. Sounds good so far!! Scoop up some roasted puffed rice, added in some store-bought papdis (totally optional), roasted cashews, green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney with the dry masalas – chaat masala, chilli, black salt, roasted cumin powder etc. Get them all mixed up and have them straight out of a paper cone ( check the pin image)
Strawberry Bhelpuri with avocado, chaat chutneys and puffed rice.
- mixing bowls and spoons.
- 1 cup strawberry diced.
- 1/2 medium red onion diced
- 1/2 avocado diced
- 2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
- 1 small green chilli
for the bhelpuri mix
- 3 cups rice bubbles (murmura)
- 1/4 cup sev
- 10-15 papdi ( crispy round crackers)
- 1/2 cup cashewnuts roasted
- 1/4 tsp anardhana powder dried pomegranate seed powder
- 1 tbsp chaat masala
- 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
- black salt To adjust to taste
- 1-2 tbsp green chutney
- 1-2 tbsp tamarind chutney
- 1/4 tsp lime juice
- Wash clean and dice the starwberries, onion and chillies
- Chop the coriander leaves, acoop out the avocado flesh and dice it too.
- Add these into the mixing bowl, Sprinkle the dry masalas and chutneys with the lime juice.
- Mix it all well together without mashing the avocados much.
- Add the puffed rice, sev, papdi and the roasted cashewnuts.
- Sprinkle the coriander leaves and give it another good toss.
- Serve the bhelpuri immediately.
The first batch of the strawberry bhelpuri was passed around so quick. I am so glad a lot of those strawberries have found a good use. That’s two boxes done a few more to go. Hope you find this recipe interesting and will check out a few more of the chaat recipes we have on the blog
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