Dabeli (Indian Spiced Potato "Burgers")

  • 1/2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 c. mashed potatoes (a great way to use left-overs)
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 4 tsp. dabeli masala
  • 1/2 tbsp water, if needed
  • salt, to taste


  • Heat the oil in a pan over med-high heat.  Once the oil is heated, toss in the dabeli masala and the onions.  Cook until the onions become tender and translucent.
  • Once the onions are cooked, add in the mashed potatoes.  Stir everything well so that it is all combined.  Add a little water if your potatoes begin to look too dry.
  • Taste-test a little and add salt if needed.  Remove the mixture from heat and let cool.
  • Once the mixture is cool enough to touch, form into 6 balls (about 70 g each).  Flatten to form patties.
  • Grab a fry pan and spray it with cooking spray (or olive oil spray).  Once the pan is hot cook the patties for about 1 or 2 minutes on each side.  They'll begin to turn a little brown and kind of form a "crust."
  • Remove the patties from heat and set aside until you're ready to put everything together!

To Assemble:

  • Buns (I like Kings Hawaiian because they impart a nice sweetness to the dabeli)
  • pomegranate seeds
  • roasted peanuts- chopped
  • tamarind chutney
  • mint/coriander chutney
  • chopped red onion
  • chopped coriander (cilantr0)
  • sev (I used aloo bhujia--puchased from the Indian store)
Assembly Directions:
  • Spray each half of the bun with a little olive oil (or use butter if you want).  Toast the buns in a pan over medium-high heat.  Once they've begun to turn brown, remove from heat.
  • Spread the bottom half of the bun with a little tamarind and mint/coriander chutney.  Place the patty on top.
  • Sprinkle the patty with peanuts, pomegranate seeds and red onion.
  • Drizzle with more chutney (to your taste) and finish with a little sev and chopped coriander.
  • Savor the flavor!
Original Recipe and Photos found @ http://myfancypantry.com/2012/04/13/dabeli-vegan-indian-sandwich/