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Italian Bhel

Niranjana Sankaranarayanan
Italian Bhel is a twist a to Indian Bhel puri. This is a colourful, crispy and easy to make chaat or starter. I usually make Chinese bhel at home which has fried noodles and Chinese spices in it. This recipe is an adaptation from the Chinese Bhel. Italian bhel is made with fried pasta specifically Spaghetti and mixed with some vegetables and Italian spices. I made pasta for the weekend and had some left over spaghetti. The next day it turned out to be a bhel.
Starter is a wide variety of dishes served before the main course of a meal. There are so many varieties of starters that can be served. One such dish is Chinese Bhel which is so crispy, spicy and tasty. Italian Bhel is an adaptation from that starter. It can aslo be served as a chaat or as an appetiser snack. You can also check my Bhel puri recipe.
Red Chilli paste
Red chilli paste is a main chutney to make any starter. It has red chillies, ginger, garlic cloves. This gives the main flavour for the starters apart from the sauces used. If we have this paste ready, we can make many types of starters easily.
Also check my other snack recipes
Bhel puri
Chutney for Chaats
Oven roasted Chickpeas
Oreo fry
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Chaats, Snacks, Starters
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1


  • Mixie


  • 1 bowl Fried Pasta Boiled Spaghetti
  • 1/2 tsp Corn flour
  • To fry Oil

Red chilli paste

  • 3 nos Guntur chilli
  • 3 nos Bedigi chilli
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 3 inch Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • To boil Water

Other ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Finely chopped Bell pepper
  • 5 nos Olives
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp Tomato sauce
  • As req Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Pizza seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder


Boiled Spaghetti

  • Take spaghetti, boil it with enough water with salt and a teaspoon of oil.
  • Once the spaghetti becomes soft, drain it well.
  • I suggest you make the spaghetti atleast two hours before you make the Bhel. You can also boil it a day before and refrigerate.

Fried Spaghetti

  • When you are ready to make bhel, remove the spaghetti from the refrigerator atleast 15 minutes before.
  • Dust it with corn flour and coat it well.
  • Heat the oil and once the oil is hot, fry the spaghetti.
  • Always fry the spaghetti in low flame first. Once the sizzling sound reduces, fry it in high flame until it turns golden brown in colour.
  • When it turns golden brown, remove it from the oil and keep aside.
  • Fried Spaghetti is ready.

Red chilli paste

  • Take water in a bowl.
  • Into the water add guntur chilli, bedigi chilli, garlic cloves, ginger, cumin seeds.
  • Boil it well until the chillies, garlic, ginger becomes soft.
  • Allow it to cool and grind it to a fine paste.
  • Red chilli paste is ready.

Final step

  • Take a bowl, crush the fried spaghetti into it.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, olives into it.
  • And then add red chilli paste, tomato sauce, salt, sugar and mix it well.
  • After that add pizza seasoning and black pepper powder.
  • Mix everything together well.
  • Italian Bhel is ready to serve.



  • We can add green, yellow, red bell pepper.
  • Adding onions is absolutely our choice. But this bhel tastes good even without onions.
  • Instead of pizza seasoning you can also use mixed herbs or oregano or any italian herbs.
  • Adding chilli flakes is optional. 
Keyword Bhel, Italian bhel, starters