While grilling a pair of friends who had just returned from a exotic vacation on the island of Mauritius it wasn't the beaches or tropical flora and fauna that they couldn't stop talking about—it was a humble street snack called bhel puri. They were absolutely raving about this combination of puffed rice and potatoes served over a fried pancake. Since a trip to Mauritius to sample these famed bhel puris was out of the question, I decided the second best option was to mix up a few at home using a recipe from Sephi Bergerson's Street Food of India. In this variation (there are countless versions of bhel puri) the pancake acts as a base for a creamy-crunchy mix of potatoes chunks and puffed rice, which are topped with tangy tamarind, diced onion, and coriander chutney. After sampling my homemade bhel puri I realized why this snack had earned such rave reviews: It had every craveable element of a great snack. Sweet, salty, spicy, crunchy, and even fried all combined in one bite, a pretty incredible feat. Adapted from Street Food of India by Sephi Bergerson. Copyright Â© 2010. Published by I. B. Tauris. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.