Gluten free Dabeli Pinwheel

Dabeli is a very popular street food of Mumbai, and it’s become quite popular in other parts of India. The use of bread and frying to make it crisp and applying a spicy masala on top is what makes this street food so popular. I thought of making it wee bit healthy and instead of bread I’ve used a lentil, applied cheese and some spicy chutneys and lo I have a tasty, yummy street food

Course – Snack

Cuisine – Indian

Author – Madhu’s Kitchen

Difficulty level – Easy

Serves – 2 people

Preparation time – 25 mins, Cooking time -30 mins


1/2 cup Moong Dal

1 cup water

1 big sweet potato

1/2 tsp asafoetida

1 medium size onion chopped fine

Salt as per taste

4-5 Tbsp Butter

Cheese to grate

For Garnish


Chopped coriander leaves

Few peanuts roasted

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

For Dabeli Masala

2 whole red chillies, whole coriander seeds, whole cumin seeds, 1-2 cloves, 1” cinnamon stick

For Spicy Chutney

2 whole red chillies, 2-3 garlic pods, 1 lime juice and a bit of jaggery

For Sweet Chutney

3-4 Dates and 3-4 raisins


Purée the ingredients for Sweet Chutney and set aside. For the Dabeli Masala roast the spices and powder it. For the Sweet Chutney blend the Dates and Raisins and set aside. Soak the Moong Dal for 20 mins and purée with water, salt, turmeric powder. Consistency should be thin. Add 1 Tbsp of Dabeli Masala to it and set aside. Boil the sweet Potato. Cool and peel and mash. In a non stick wok heat a little butter and add asafoetida, chopped onions and sauté till onions are pink, add mashed potatoes and stir. Add Dabeli Masala and mix well. Add salt and give one more stir and set aside. Add sweet Chutney to it. In a non stick wok heat butter and add 2 Ladles of Moong Dal batter and spread to make a Chilla. Flip the side once cooked. Set aside. On a kitchen counter lay the Chilla, smear with Spicy Chutney, add the mashed potatoes, chopped coriander leaves and add grated cheese. Roll tight until the end and then cut 1” thick pinwheels. Set aside. In a non stick wok heat butter a little and pan fry the pinwheels. When plating add the pomegranate, roasted peanuts and chopped coriander and enjoy

Dabeli Pinwheel
Soak Dal
Add water
Make thin consistency
Roast spices for Dabeli Masala
Add to the Dal purée
Add turmeric powder and stir
Boil sweet potato
Mash the potato, chop onions and coriander leaves
Sauté the onions in butter
Add mashed potato
Add sweet Chutney
Mix well
Ladle the batter
Chilla ready
Add spicy Chutney
Add mashed potatoe
Add grated cheese
Roll tight
Enjoy hot

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