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Monday, April 9, 2018

A - Z Indian Street Foods ~ G for Ghugni Chaat

Bengal's ghugni aka ghugni chaat is a street food  popular both in eastern and northern parts of India. It can easily be classified under healthy and filling food category even though it is a street food. This chaat is full of flavors where dried peas are cooked in a base of aromatic spices, sweet onions and tangy tomatoes. This protein rich dish can be served as a chaat on it's own or even as a side dish for rotis / pooris.

3/4 cup dried yellow peas
2 red onions, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 small potatoes - peeled, cubed and cooked
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. ginger paste
1 tsp. garlic paste (I didn’t use any.)
1/2 tbsp. or more bhaja masala 
1/2 tsp. garam masala
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Ingredients to garnish:
Minced cilantro 
1 red onion, finely chopped
Sweet tamarind chutney
Bhaja masala (Recipe below)
* Soak dried peas for at least 6 hours or overnight. Pressure cook adding 2 cups of water for 2 whistles. Save the water used to cook peas.
* Heat oil in a pan, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for few seconds. Add  chopped onion for garnishing and cook until translucent. Next add tomatoes and cook until the oil starts to ooze out. 
* Add cooked potato cubes and peas, turmeric powder, cumin powder, chili powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well and add about ¾ cup water (or saved water from cooking peas.)
* Cook on medium heat until the desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. (It should be thinner than my version in the pictures. I didn’t pour more liquid in the serving cups for picturing sake.)
* Garnish with bhaja masala, cilantro, chopped onion and tamarind chutney. Serve immediately.
Bhaja masala preparation:

1 or 1.5 tsp. cumin seeds
2 red chillies (Use 1 chillie if less spice is preferred.) or 1/2 tsp. red chili powder 
* Dry toast the cumin seeds on low flame until they start to brown. Toast the red chillies if using. Cool and grind them together fine.
* If using chili powder, toast cumin seeds only. Grind cumin and mix chili powder to it. This is bhaja masala. 

So far, on this series,
A for Aloo Kabli
B for Bajra Vada
C for Chooda Matar
D for Dahi Batata Puri
E for Elaichi - Kesar Lassi
F for Fulwadi

 Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 87


Unknown said...

This such an amazing chaat suma, looks so addictive.. Ghugni is all time favorite, You made them so perfect, am drooling over it again n again.. Wonderful presentation !!

Gayathri Kumar said...

One of my fav chaats. Though I prefer to have it with a flat bread on the side. Great pick for the alphabet G.

Sandhiya said...

Another delicious chaat from you !!! Ghugni looks absolutely delicious. Like how colorful it is and the pics are really very inviting !!!

Harini R said...

Love the bowl of ghughni chaat. Very flavorful and appetizing.

Priya Suresh said...

Anything prepared with dry peas goes directly to my favourite dish, and this ghugni looks simply ultimate and my mouth is literally watering here..Too good.

Srividhya said...

The ghugni ki chaat seems quite popular in the Eastern states. You guys are tempting me to make it. Bookmarked all your versions. Will try it out soon.

Sharmila kingsly said...

Beautiful clicks and delicious chaat!! Too good your ghugni chaat looks!! Wish i can taste some.

vaishali sabnani said...

I love this chat which is so versatile. Love it with ragda, with aloo dum, with poha, with golgappas..oh the list is endless!Excellent gughni chat with all the condiments and spices it is a chat where you cant stop drooling. Awesome clicks.

Srivalli said...

This is was so good when I had made it..I somehow don't like the boiled peas smell, but loved it when it was masked as a chaat...your bowl surely looks so colourful!

Padmajha said...

The pictures look so crisp and nice, esp the first one! This is a lovely chaat and the clicks itself is tempting me to grab a bowl!

cookingwithsapana said...

I agree with Valli abut the aroma of boiled peas but the ghugni chaat really is so tempting.

Pavani said...

I’ve made ghugni and absolutely love it. As you said it’s packed with flavor and is so addictive. I wish I can get a bowl full right now :-)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

That is such a tempting bowl and we would love this anytime of the day. The best about these chaat is that they keep you filled up as well and is very nutritious.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

That is one addictive chat!!! Looks tempting, your pictures are making me hungry! Gorgeous ghugni!!!

Mayuri Patel said...

These different chaats are very tempting. I love your version of the ghugni. It looks colorful and tempting. I've come across some recipes where the preparation is brown in colour.

preeti garg said...

Wow.. looks so finger licking recipe... so perfect and tasty.