Kutchhi Dabeli: History + Recipe
Updated: May 3, 2021
Recently one of our live class student said, “Koro thoyh”? when I
asked them how do you say in your family “What happened?”
Others said, “Shu thayu?”
Many were confused at the first
students’ response. That student speaks Kutchhi at home.
Kutchh is a western region of state of Gujarat in India which
neighbors the Sindh region in Pakistan, thus these two languages
Sindhi and Kutchhi are similar. Kutchhi is a mix of Gujarati, Punjabi
and Marwari (Rajasthani dialect).
As with quite few food inventions it comes out of a mistake or a
deliberate thought out process. Dabeli comes from the town of
Mandavi from the Kutchh region. A gentleman named, Keshavji
Gabha Chudasama also known as Kesha Malam, is credited for
coming up with this recipe.
My personal reason for loving Dabeli is that I love pomegranate and
this is one of the few Indian dishes that incorporates them.