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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


When I saw ghatiya among the list of traditional recipes that Srivalli provided us to pick from, I was wondering how it was different than the regular sev. Both are prepared using besan flour and I was wondering whether it was a Gujarati name for the basic sev or the besan chakli. I made sure to hop on some blogs with authentic Gujarati recipes to find out. I realised in the process that ghatiya includes savory spices & lime juice, making it taste entirely different than the sev or the besan chakli.
I tried a small quantity yesterday and it was a hit. Even my daughter who doesn't peek in the kitchen when something is being cooked, came smelling and tried them. She liked it so much that she was praising the ghatiya even today before she left for school :)

Ingredients: (Makes about 4 cups)
2 cups chickpea flour / besan
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 tsp (or adjust as needed) ground black pepper
1/2 to 1 tsp ground carom seeds / ajwain (I did not use it as no one at my home prefers it.)
2 Tbsp hot oil
Oil for deep frying

* In a mixing bowl, combine everything except the oil used for deep frying. Add water little by little and form a soft dough. The dough should be softer than roti dough but not runny.
* Heat oil in a deep frying pan or a kadai.
* Fill a chakli press with the dough and press over hot oil in concentric circles. Fry on low flame, flipping in between with a slotted spoon until golden brown on both sides. If rushed, the chaklis don't fry properly and won't be crisp.
* Once done, remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent towels. Repeat the steps with the remaining dough.
* Once cool, break the fried chakli into small pieces and store them in an airtight container.

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Unknown said...

I love traditional homemade snacks like this.

chef and her kitchen said...

I love them...pass me some

Priya Suresh said...

Give a whole bowl of this crispy beauties,i'll be eating them without any hesitation.

Regarding the steamed vadas yep they were bit softer than the usual one,but tastewise there wasnt that much change.

virunthu unna vaanga said...

yummy dear...
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Prathima Rao said...

Nice & tempting traditional recipe!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Unknown said...

Eating with your pictures right from here!!!! hope the technology of grabbing something from pictures is found soon!!!!!
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preeti garg said...

Awesome snack.. good with tea

Unknown said...

Do u have chilie recipe to eat with that

sushma said...

Ghatiya look great.

Unknown said...

Love the crispy snack..

Pavani said...

Those look super crunchy and delicious. My family will be hovering in the kitchen to get their hands on these.. Great snack.

Jayanthi said...

Perfect snack...looks so crispy and tempting.

Padmajha said...

Lime juice in this must have given a tang, right.Looks very crispy and inviting...

Srivalli said...

I am so glad you took up this Suma, now I can happily make it myself..this was one of those I am yet to make it myself..:)..It's always nice to read which dishes your kids liked., I can attempt them for my kids.

Chef Mireille said...

looks crunchy and yummy