Dabeli Twists-make ahead and freezing instructions included

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Dabeli, such a tasty snack with  Meethi Chatni,Green Chatni, potatoes and Masala peanuts all toasted to a crisp! Till a few years back, I had never eaten or heard of Dabeli. My friend lavina introduced me to it a few years back when she made it for a Valentines day party.dabeli-twist-19

I followed her recipe, except instead of using bread rolls I gave it a modern avatar and used Puff pastry sheets. Also, the original recipe calls for frying the peanuts, but I used the Roasted peanuts and just crisped them in the microwave to make a low fat version of Masala peanuts.


The advantages of using puff pastry is that it gives it such a WOW factor! It can be assembled in advance and frozen and served hot from the oven,when your guests arrive, which is what I did for my Diwali party. I garnished with chopped onions,cilantro,chilies,sev and peanuts and that made it look so appealing.


Recipe by Lavina Sadarangani

Dabeli Twists-with make ahead and freezing instructions included
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    for Potato filling
  • 4 boiled potatoes, grated
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp Jeera/Cumin
  • 1 tsp Pavbhaji masala
  • 1 tsp Dabeli masala
  • 6 tbsp Meethi chatni
  • 2 tbsp Green chatni
  • 2 Puff pastry sheets
  • 2-3 sppons of Green chatni
  • 2-3 spoons of Meethi chatni
  • 1/2 cup Masala peanuts, Crushed coarsely
  • for garnishing
  • Chopped cilantro, Green chilies, chopped onions, and Nylon Sev


    for potatoes
  1. In hot oil, add Jeera/Cumin and let it crackle
  2. Add Dabeli and Pavbhaji masala,stir
  3. Add grated, boiled potatoes and Meethi chatni and continue to cook.
  4. Add Green chatni, turn off gas and remove.
  5. for Assembling
  6. Thaw puff pastry as per directions on box. Use one sheet and keep other in refrigerator, till needed.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 F or whatever are the directions on the box of puff pastry.
  8. On parchment paper, put the pastry, put water in cracks and roll a little with rolling pin.
  9. Spread Green chatni
  10. Spread Meethi chatni
  11. Spread prepared aloo/Potatoes
  12. Sprinkle Masala peanuta
  13. Roll the puff pastry as tightly as possible.
  14. Brush with milk or egg(I used milk) and cut into 16 pieces.
  15. Bake on a well oiled baking sheet till golden brown.
  16. For freezing for later use
  17. Spread pieces on a plate and put in freezer for some time. Once the pieces are firm, put in a container, spread wax paper and you can layer a second layer of dabeli twists on top. When ready to use frozen Dabeli twists,place on a well oiled baking sheet, and bake at 400 F till golden brown.
  18. Serve topped with chopped onions, cilantro green chilies, more chopped peanuts and sev.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Party Appetizer, Snacks, Breakfast


Always work with cold pastry, if it has been lying out for some time, put it in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes.


Here is the step by step pictorial recipe-

In hot oil, add jeera/Cumin till it crackles


Add Pav bhaji masala, Dabeli Masal, stir and then boiled, grated potatoes


Add Meethi Chatni and mix well


Turn off gas/stove and add Green chatni and remove


Put Masala Peanuts in ziploc bag and crush with rolling pin


Thaw puff pastry as per directions, and roll lightly with rolling pins, making sure there are no cracks.


Spread Green chatni


Put Meethi chatni on top of Green chatni


Evenly spread a thin layer of potatoes


Sprinkle coarsely crushed Masala peanuts


Roll Puff pastry as tightly as possible


Brush with egg or milk(i used milk) but egg gives a better color and glaze


Slice carefully into 15-16 pieces


Bake at 400 F till pastry turns a golden brown color


Garnish with chopped onions, cilantro, vhopped green chilies, sev and more crushed Masala Peanuts


Place on a plate/tray and put in freezer till they are firm and solid


Put wax paper between layers and freeze for making later




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16 Responses

  1. What a lovely twist.. honestly I loved this version..looks great 😊
  2. Being a Gujju, Dabeli is our one of the favourite snack, like your twist that you have used puff pastry, you've done a great job!
    • Aanchal Gupta
      Thanks Jagruti,glad you liked my twist to the traditional dabeli.
  3. Never tried or heard like this :) Awesome Recipe!
  4. What a lovely twist dear. Awesome recipe.
  5. I just love dabei and your recipe with puff pastry sheet sounds awesome thanks for the lovely share 😊
  6. Such an awesome way to present Dabeli!! Delish!! ❤️❤️
  7. Oh my goodness!! What a lovely teist to the same old dabeli!! Too good 👌☝️
  8. Afroz Shaikh
    Oh my god!! This looks so delicious.. i love dabeli. And using puff pastry to make dabeli pinwheel idea is excellent..

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