Monday, December 5, 2022

Ghugni (The spicy Bengal Gram curry)

Ghugni is a popular curry made in Bihar which complements the the chatpata Poha namkeen to the core,The combination of chatpata Poha namkeen, Kachri and Ghugni is most popular street food and is a perfect for Diwali snacking when everyone is offering only sweets, Bengal gram is a very good source of Iron and protein both. This curry can be eaten with pooris / paranthas as well.

Preparation time:8 hours

Cooking time: 45 Minutes.

Ingredients:

Bengal gram: 250 gms (Soaked in salted water for 8 hours)

Onion: medium 6 in Nos. (finely chopped longitudinally)

Tomato : medium 3 in Nos (finely chopped)

Bay leaves: 2 in nos.

Red chili: 2 in nos.

Cumin seeds: ½ tsp

Black cardamom whole: 1 in nos.

Green chili: 2 (chopped)

Garlic: 10 cloves (paste)

Turmeric powder: ½ tsp

Coriander powder:2 tsp

Cumin powder: ½ tsp

Garam masala: 1 tsp

Black pepper powder:½ tps

Salt: To taste

Mustard Oil: 4 tbsp. 

Cooking steps:

Wash the soaked Bengal gram with fresh water and pressure cook it with a little Salt and turmeric powder in one cup of water, until it turns soft (4-5 whistles on medium flame). Remove the water and keep the boiled grams aside.

On a separate burner, heat a Pan and add mustard oil, when the oil is heated, put the flame on medium and add all the tadka spices  (seasoning) Cumin seed, bay leaf, red chili whole and black cardamom to the oil, let it crackle. Now add the chopped onion and stir it occasionally. Keep stirring till it turns golden brown. Now add salt, turmeric powder and chopped tomatoes to the pan and keep string with a ladle occasionally. In a small bowl add Garlic paste and all the spices add half cup of water mix it well and keep aside. When the tomatoes are done completely, add the spices to the pan and cook it until the mixture leaves oil. Now add the boiled  Grams to the pan and cook for some time. Add a little salt to adjust as per the taste. Now shift the ingredients in a pressure cooker again, add two cups of water and ½ tsp of garam masala and cook for two more whistles. When it cools down add 1 tsp of ghee and serve with Chatpata Poha namkeen, Kachri. Enjoy this unique desi snack with your loved ones on the auspicious day of Diwali.   

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