It’s always fun to check out an ethnic grocery store.
But the experience gets better when you go with someone who is familiar with their food.
A few weeks ago I got to go to an Indian grocery store with my neighbor friend, D, and I had a blast!
It was so nice to have someone who can answer every single time when you ask “What’s this?” and tells you which brand is good and which one I should avoid.
When I found this bag of some kind of snack, I got interested.
But when D told me that you can make an Indian street food with this, I had to buy it.
It’s a mixture of rice puffs, peanuts, potato chips, and some other things.
D also introduced us to these yummy chutneys, which are also used to make the Bhelpuri.
Chopped tomato, red onion, and cilantro were added and combined well.
(D added tamarind and cilantro chutney and mixed well at this point, when she showed me how to make it the first time.)
This time I decided to add the chutney later, right before serving.
This is delicious as it is, but I wanted to add some more vegetables, and I decided to serve it in lettuce wraps.
Another twist was that I added fresh mango on top.
Loved the little sweetness from the mango.
This makes as awesome snack.
Or can be served as a light lunch.