Bhels in a Unique Avatar

by Sanjeev Kapoor

While there are many kinds of chaat one loves digging into, bhel has its own fan-following. A carnival of textures and flavours with delicious puffed rice, it is filling and delicious at the same time. However, if you’re bored of the classic bhel and want to experiment with new ingredients and elements, we’ve got some interesting recipes for you to try and fall in love with.

Popcorn Bhel

Popcorn has to be the go-to snack that gets ready with minimal effort. However, popcorn also makes a fantastic replacement for puffed rice in this bhel recipe. The bland popcorn balances well with the spices and masalas resulting in a crunchy snack to munch on during movies or binge-watching TV shows.

Charmuri

This bhel recipe comes straight from the streets of West Bengal. Using puffed rice as the base, it is topped with coconut oil, along with masalas, onions, roasted chana, peanuts and some coriander. The aromatic coconut oil creates a distinct essence that combines beautifully with the spices and other ingredients, completing the delicious Charmuri.

Cheeslings Bhel

We all love hogging on cheeselings. These tiny baked squares are a perfect accompaniment with a warm cup of tea. However, what if we turned this into a lip-smacking bhel? Using Cheeslings as the base, all you need to do is top it up with some delicious chaat masala, red chilli powder, onion, raw mango and mint leaves.

Corn Bhel

Corn is known for its ever-so-versatile nature. And it can be made into delicious bhel too. Boiled corn tossed with tomatoes and boiled potatoes, drizzled with green chutney on top and garnished with thin sev. The boiled corn adds a lovely flavour and texture that will only tempt you for more.

Chinese Bhel

This Indo-Chinese Bhel recipe uses fried noodles and tosses it in a lip-smacking garlic sauce, along with carrots, cabbage, onion and capsicum. Garnished with fried onions and chopped spring onion greens, this is the perfect evening snack.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.