Monday, May 12, 2008

Rajasthani Gatte ki Sabzi

Gatte ki sabzi is a dish, that you can never miss out when you have Rajasthani meal. Gatte's are made with besan flour, and this sabzi is just made with gatte and with no other vegetables. any way you can add tomatoes as i did, but its optional.

When i first made this sabzi at home, i did not have any idea about it. even i had never tasted it before. now(its been 4 years since i have tried it). i make this sabzi quite often when i run out of vegetables. also i have tasted this sabzi in a rajasthani restaurant. so now i can prepare this quite good with the experiences learned.

gatte ki sabzi

I kept googling on what to try for RCI-Rajasthan hosted by padma. finally i landed on Vee's Gatte ki sabzi. I have tried quite few dishes from her blog...where she explains so neatly, that we cannot get confused with the order of what to do. she is really the best one to narrate the method of cooking.
Rajasthani Gatte ki sabzi
I can't narrate things like her..but just tell you what i did..well about this was so different in taste. me & hubby loved it a lot. and he asked me to prepare this for lunch regularly in this summer. It pairs well with chapathi as well as with rice.

For the gatte:

Besan flour / Bengal gram flour - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Kasuri methi - 1/2 tsp
Ajwain / Carrom seeds - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp's

For the gravy:

Curd / Yogurt - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 2
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 or 2 tsp
Corriander powder - 2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp

For tempering:

Ghee - 2 tsp + Oil - 1 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Hing / Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

Corriander leaves to garnish


1. First, to prepare gatte, in a large bowl, mix besan flour, salt to taste, ajwain seeds, kasuri methi, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well.

2. Now keep sprinkling water and knead to form into a firm and smooth dough. add 2 tsp of oil to the dough and knead again. shape the dough into a 1/2 inch diameter roll.

3. In a wide large bowl / wide pressure cooker pan, add 3 cup's of water and let it boil, once the water starts to boil, put the roll into the water and let the roll cook for about 15 minutes at high flame.
4. Once the gatte roll is cooked, remove the gatte seperately from the water and let it cool down. once cooled, slice the gatte into 1/2 inch pieces.

5.Once you have sliced the gatte's, it is optional to fry the gatte's in oil. if you are frying the gatte's they may break up in the oil a little. after frying, they become little crisper, this way you can ensure that the gatte's are fully cooked.
6. Heat a cup of water, put the 2 tomatoes in it and let it boil for 5 mins, so that the tomato skin peel's a little. drain the tomatoes, cool them, peel it's skin, grind them into a smooth tomato puree and set aside.
7. Now to prepare the gravy, heat a pan, add 2 tsp's of ghee, add cumin seeds, hing, garlic paste and roaast well. then add the tomato puree and let it boil well and gets thickened for about 1 or 2 mins. Then add the sliced gatte's and mix well. reduce the flame before adding the curd.
8. Take a cup of curd and using your whisker or fork, beat the curd well. now add this beaten curd to the gravy in low flame and mix well. then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, corriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala(optional) to the gravy and mix well. let the mix keep bubbling in low flame for about 5-10 minutes, till you see the oil on the sides of the gravy.
9. Remove the gravy from slow flame and garnish with corriander leaves.
Serve with rice or roti.
Gatte ki sabzi with rice
It is optional to add tomatoes, it just makes the gravy little sour and gives a good red colour to the gravy.
Never add curd in high flame, it may curdle and the sabzi may get bad.

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