Dabeli Masala

Posted by Sia | Thursday, September 03, 2009 | , , | 4 comments »

Dabeli or Katchi Dabeli or Double Roti is a street food mostly originated in Kutchi/Gujarat and very popular street food sold in Mumbai/Bombay. In my engineering days I survived eating these Dabeli for my lunch and sometimes for dinner from our campus Bakery. It is also known as Kutchi Dabeli or Double Roti and uses a special spice blend called Dabeli Masala.

Today I am going to post the recipe for preparing spice powder or masala which is the key ingredient in making Dabeli stuffing. This recipe for Dabeli Masala or spice powder is from Raghavan Iyer’s 660 Curries. Once you have prepared this spice blend you are ready to assemble delicious Dabeli (recipe to follow shortly) in jiffy. So shall we proceed and make this aromatic spice blend that takes just few mins of your precious time?

Spices for Dabeli Masala

Recipe: Dabeli Masala (Spice blend for Dabeli, a street food from Kutch, Gujarat)
Prep Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: None
Makes: Around 2 tbsp (sufficient for 5-6 Dabelis)
Shelf Life: 1-2 months
Spice Level: Medium
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Recipe Source: 660 Curries
Recipe by: Sia
1 tsp Whole Cloves (about 4-5)
½ tsp Fennel Seeds
½ tsp Black Peppers
½ tsp Coriander Seeds
4 dried Red Chilies (Thai or Cayenne), stems removed
4 blades of Mace or ¼ tsp Ground Mace
2-3 Whole Star Anise
1-2 Dried Bay Leaves
Seeds from 1-2 Black Cardamom Pods
½ tsp Ground Ginger
Pinch of Turmeric Powder

  1. There is no roasting of spices involved in making this aromatic Dabeli Masala. All you have to do is place all the ingredients in a spice blender or coffee grinder and grind to fine powder.
  2. Store it in an air tight container till needed. It will last for 2 months when stored in fridge.

Special Notes/Tips:
  • Most of the ingredients listed above are easily available in any Asian stores.
  • If you can’t find any one or two ingredients, then simply omit them and proceed to make the spice blend.

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  1. Sunshinemom // 3 September 2009 at 17:47  

    Sia, thanks for this one! I wanted it:)

  2. Sharmila // 3 September 2009 at 19:12  

    That's it?! How wonderful ... not having to buy from a dabeliwala's cart with a lot of apprehension about hygiene! Thanks. Waiting for the dabeli recipe. :-)

  3. Divya Vikram // 4 September 2009 at 00:15  

    Very neat post !Great info!

  4. Shwetha // 6 September 2009 at 23:00  


    You literally read my mind.I've been balking at the thought of having to run to my neighborhood vendor for my weekly fix of dabeli.
    And lo and behold here's your post!
    Thanks a ton!