Horn Ok Please serve up a contemporary twist on authentic Indian vegetarian street food – here they share a favourite recipe for you to try at home.

“Bhelpuri marries all key aspects of Indian street food that we love. It has the crunch and texture from the sev and puffed rice, the tanginess from the tamarind chutney, spice from the mint and coriander chutney and the freshness from the vegetables. There is something there for everyone. And who can say no to a bhel to go with a cold beer.”  Horn OK Please co-founders Sandhya and Gaurav.


Date and Tamarind Chutney

50g pitted dates
50g tamarind
1 tbsp dry-roasted cumin powder
1 tbsp dry-roasted clove powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp Himalayan rock salt
1 tsp oil

Mint and Coriander Chutney

Bunch of coriander
Bunch of mint
2 or 3 birds’ eye chillies
Lime juice to taste
Salt to taste


2 cups mumra (puffed rice)
1/4 cup sev (crispy noodles made with gram flour)
Note: Both mumra and sev can be found in most South Asian grocery stores
1 small finely chopped onion
1 small boiled potato
1/4 cup pomegranate
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander
2 tbsp date and tamarind chutney
2 tbsp mint and coriander chutney
1 tsp chaat masala


Date and Tamarind Chutney

1. Immerse dates and tamarind separately in water and leave for a couple of hours.

2. Blend dates and sieve tamarind.

3. Heat the oil in a thick-based pot.

4. Add the rock salt, dry-roasted cumin and clove powders and chilli powder.

5. Sauté them on low heat for half a minute, then add tamarind and date paste.

6. Bring this to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes until it forms an aromatic paste (slightly thick yet runny consistency), then take it off the hob and let it cool.

Mint and Coriander Chutney

1. Chop the coriander and separate the mint leaves from their stems.

2. Blitz these and the other ingredients in a blender till they form a smooth paste,


1. Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients for bhelpuri, including both chutneys, but leave some sev, pomegranate and coriander aside for garnishing.

2. Serve in a bowl, and add the garnish.

Horn OK Please | Serving at Southbank Centre Food Market every Friday to Sunday, as well as Borough Market from Monday to Saturday and various KERB events throughout the year 

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