Recipe: Bhel puri (snack mix with vegetables)

Total time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6

Note: This variation on a traditional Indian snack ran with an April article by Barbara Hansen about Bombay street foods. It's from Raunaq Savur of Rasa Catering. Sev, fine, crisp chickpea flour noodles, and Khatta Meetha, an Indian version of Chex Mix, are available at Indian markets. Serve with red chili chutney, green chutney and date and tamarind chutney. The chutney can be made in advance. To reduce the heat of this spicy dish, use half a jalapeño or less chutney.

Red chili chutney

1/2cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons water

5 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon red chili powder

1 tablespoon paprika

2 tablespoons sev

Combine the lemon juice, water, garlic, chili powder, paprika and sev in a blender and blend until all ingredients are incorporated. Makes two-thirds cup.

Snack mixture

1/2cup roasted peanuts

1/2cup sev

3 cups (about 8 ounces)

Khatta Meetha

1 cup chopped onion, divided

1 cup diced seeded Roma

tomatoes, divided

1 1/2 cups diced, boiled, peeled russet potatoes, divided

1 jalapeño, finely chopped

1/4cup lemon juice

3 tablespoons date and

tamarind chutney, plus more to pass

3 tablespoons green chutney, plus more to pass

2 tablespoons red chili chutney, plus more to pass

Salt, pepper

1. Mix the peanuts, sev and Khatta Meetha in a baking pan. Bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes.

2. Place the baked mixture in a large serving bowl. Add one-half cup onions, one-half cup tomatoes, three-fourths cup potatoes, the jalapeño, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons date and tamarind chutney, 3 tablespoons green chutney and 2 tablespoons red chili chutney.

3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well and serve immediately. Place the remaining onions, tomatoes and potatoes in small bowls and set out with additional amounts of the chutneys for guests to add as desired.

Each of 6 servings: 343 calories; 12 grams protein; 37 grams carbohydrates; 8 grams fiber; 23 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 491 mg. sodium.

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