Bhel Puri

A favorite Indian snack food, bhel puri is a crunchy savory treat that can be customized to your tastes or what you have on hand, but always contains some of the same elements: puffed rice, a couple of different chutneys and a combination of fresh chopped vegetables, which usually includes onion and tomatoes, often cubed potatoes and sometimes even cucumber or mango. Keep the wet and dry ingredients separate until just before serving, then stir them together when you're ready to party.

Bhel puri
Photo: Tara Donne
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 4 cups puffed rice cereal, preferably whole-grain

  • ½ cup roasted chickpeas

  • ½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped

  • ½ cup sev, plus more for garnish (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon garam masala

  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ½ cup finely chopped seeded tomato

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño or serrano pepper

  • ¼ cup date-tamarind chutney or mango chutney

  • ¼ cup coriander chutney

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Toss puffed rice, chickpeas, peanuts, sev and garam masala in a large bowl.

  2. Mix onion, tomato and jalapeño (or serrano) in a small bowl.

  3. Add the onion mixture to the puffed rice mixture. Drizzle with tamarind (or mango) chutney and coriander chutney and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cilantro and lemon juice; toss to mix. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Garnish with more sev, if desired. Serve immediately.

To make ahead

Store cereal mixture (Step 1) airtight at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Refrigerate onion mixture (Step 2) for up to 8 hours.


Sev is a thin crunchy noodle made from chickpea flour. If you can't find it, then crushed papad or papadam, or even rice crackers, will add the perfect crunch.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
9g Fat
25g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 302IU 6%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 18mcg 5%
Vitamin K 5mcg 4%
Sodium 273mg 12%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 25mg 6%
Potassium 175mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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