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Recipe: Bhelpuri Canapes Delight

There is more to party snacks than kebabs and cutlets having non-fried starters like ‘bhelpuri canapes’ on the menu

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

Bhelpuri canapes delight is a healthy snack option if you are watching your waistline. The ingredients that go into it have less calories and are gluten-free. Since it is part of the street food parcel, it has a bad reputation as it is not always made in a hygienic way and people are prone to fall sick. But if you prepare it at home with fresh ingredients under hygienic conditions, it can be one of the healthiest snacks that is very filling too.

Here is the simple recipe:

Serves: 5-6

Preparation time: 15 minutes


Ready made canapes:15

Puffed rice: ½ cup

Cornflakes: ½ cup

Peanuts: 1 handful (roasted)

Sev namkeen:1/3 cup

Papri: 5

Curry leaves: 6-7

Mustard seeds:1 tsp

Salt: to taste

Red chilli powder: 1 tsp

Chat masala: 2 tsp

Mint chutney: 1 tbsp

Tamarind chutney: 2 tbsp

Lemon juice: 1 tbsp

Oil: 1 tbsp

Onion: 3 tbsp (finely chopped)

Tomato: 2 tbsp (finely chopped)

Green chilies: 1 (finely chopped)

Fresh coriander leaves: 3 tbsp (finely chopped)


Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they start to crackle, add curry leaves. Add puffed rice, coarsely crushed cornflakes, peanuts and papri (broken in small pieces).Add salt, red chilli powder and chat masala. Mix well on low flame stirring for five minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool. Add finely chopped onion, tomato, green chillies and fresh coriander leaves.Add mint chutney, lemon juice and tamarind chutney. Mix well. And fill in the canapes immediately.Garnish with sev namkeen sprinkling it generously on top.Serve immediately.The main culprit that contributes to the calories is the sev that is generously sprinkled for crispiness and garnishing. If you are one of the fitness-minded people, skip the sev completely and make bhel with just puffed rice, cornflakes, peanuts and few papris. You can have this snack every day with your evening tea. It can be a staple part of your diet without a guilt.