AN INDIAN SPIN ON MEXICO CITY'S FAVORITE STREET FOOD: DORILOCOS
Dorilocos evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for me. When I was in Mexico City, there was not a day that passed in which I didn’t find myself diving into a bag of Dorilocos after a busy day of exploring. What is Dorilocos? Simply put, it's one of the greatest snacks of all time. This Eater article explains it perfectly, in that “it's hard to describe Dorilocos using words.”
Let me explain. Dorilocos starts with Nacho Cheese Doritos, but the way it ends is nothing short of the best kind of loco. You’ve got so many different textures and flavors from sweet to sour to spicy to salty, all thanks to the fresh jicama and cucumber, nuts, and lots of hot sauce. The best part? Dorilocos is served with a generous amount of Tajin and a big squeeze of lime.
Kurkurelocos has to be one of my favorite discoveries this past year. While banana bread, sourdough starters, and Dalgona coffee were flooding my Instagram feed– I found myself making a different recipe week after week: my Papri Chaat-inspired take on Dorilocos. All it took was a day in my kitchen one Friday evening (known as Bollywood movie night during quarantine) where I found myself craving the INCREDIBLE explosion of flavors that is Dorilocos.
Well...I didn’t have chamoy or Nacho Cheese-flavored Doritos, but when I uncovered a bag of Kurkure in my pantry, I knew it was game time and time to remix! Tamarind-date chutney is subbed in for chamoy and the crispy snackable soy-sauce flavored peanuts used in the traditional version are exchanged for the spicy coated peanuts, available in the snack aisle of your go-to Indian grocer in this mashup. I hope you enjoy this fun and fabulous take on Dorilocos as much as I do. :)
1 90g/3.17 oz bag of Kurkure (I used the Masala Munch flavor)
1-2 tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce (I used the Valentina Extra Hot kind)
1/4 cup of cucumber, cut either into matchsticks or cubed
1/4 cup of jicama, cut either into matchsticks or cubed, optional but highly recommended
1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) of Tajin Clasico seasoning or Trader Joe’s Chili Lime seasoning blend
2-3 tablespoons of spicy coated peanuts (I used the Bikano brand) or unsalted roasted peanuts
2-3 tablespoons of gummy candy (I used Haribo gummy bears)
Juice from half of a lime (roughly 1 tablespoon)
Take your bag of Kurkure and cut the bag open on its side rather than up top as you would normally open a bag of chips.
Then, drizzle on your tamarind-date chutney and your favorite hot sauce.
Layer on your cucumber and jicama followed by your Tajin seasoning.
Top with spicy coated peanuts and gummy candy.
Finally, squeeze on the juice from half of a lime before digging in with a fork. Enjoy!
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Kurkure, tamarind-date chutney, and spicy coated peanuts can all be found in your local Indian grocer or online via Instacart or Shop Indian Eats.
The best part about this recipe is that you can omit or add any ingredients that you’d like. There are SO many fabulous variations of this beloved street food, so feel free to get creative and add any and all toppings. Think of your bag of Kurkurelocos as a blank canvas. You can always add more of one ingredient, too. Want more of that spicy kick? Drizzle on more hot sauce. Want a bit more cucumber on yours? Go for it! Want to use a different gummy candy? Prefer gummy worms? You get where I am going with this. All I recommend is that you start with a little and add to taste as you go.
I’ve tried this with a few other flavors of Kurkure, but tend to reach for the Masala Munch flavor when making this recipe. Let me know if you try any other flavors that you particularly love, I'd love to hear. :)