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Monday, June 8, 2009

Snacktion: Zesty Bhel from Bombay Spice House in Berkeley

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Name: Bhel
Brand: Zesty Sweets and Snacks
Origin: Milpitas
Found at: Bombay Spice House (1036 University at San Pablo, Berkeley)
Cost: $3.29
Ingredients: Murmura, sev, papdi, spices, salt, oil
Calories per serving: Not listed.
The word: Ubiquitous in India but still a novelty here, bhel is puffed, spice rice.
Tasting notes: Apart from the texture, it's about as far from Rice Krispies as you can get, especially the suggestion of lingering heat. The flavor alone packs a ton of snap, crackle, and pop.
Buy it again? Yes, and we also want to try Zesty's other mixes, especially the spicy chana.
Extra credit: If you've never been, Bombay Spice House is an intriguing shop carrying a lot more than just spices. Seek out a huge array of Snacktion items as well as fragrant beauty products.

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