New York's Suvir Saran says this Indian snack is the quintessential street food of Bombay, loved by both children and adults. It's based on a packaged snack food called bhel mix, which is a combination of puffed rice and chickpea noodles.
Saran likes this salad for its textural blend of soft, liquid and crisp, but the differences mean it must be eaten right away, before the bhel mix turns soggy. If the chef has a cold boiled potato to cut up or some green mango to dice, he'll toss those into the bowl as well.
Servings: 3 - 4
- 1/2 package (7 ounces) bhel mix (available at Indian markets and some specialty food stores)
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced
- 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped (may substitute 1/2 pint chopped grape tomatoes)
- 2 tablespoons green chutney, or to taste
- 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons tamarind chutney, or to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add more chutney, if desired. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Suvir Saran.
Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.
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