I gave you the recipe for sweet chutney last week and now I need to give you something to eat it with. You can’t just eat plain sweet chutney. So, may I present bhel. Pronounced “bear” or “bare.” I don’t know why there’s an “L” in it. To confuse people probably.
**As numerous people have pointed out to me now, I’ve been pronouncing it wrong my entire life. The L isn’t silent! The world feels like it’s in much better balance now. Yay!**
***Update 2. I talked to my mom again and she pronounces it “bear.” It’s “bear” in Marathi and “behl” in Hindi.***
I think of this as a brunch or lunch food. A party food. Set it up on the counter and let people make their own. A bhel bar.
- green chutney
- brown chutney
- diced onions
- diced tomatoes
- chopped, boiled potatoes. (See steps #1-6 and step #17 of this recipe.)
- diced red peppers
- Bhel mix – you can get this at an ethnic grocery store.
- Prepare everything in the ingredients list.
- Put in nice bowls on the counter.
- Mix together.
- It’s not a big deal if you don’t have red peppers.
- You can add corn. I guess.
- My mom put cilantro in the onions and tomatoes to make it look pretty. Also, because it tastes good.