Gatte ki Sabji
EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY
THEME: RAJASTHANI CUISINE
Rajasthan, The Land of The Kings, is dear to me as I’ve spent 4 years studying at a convent school in Mt. Abu. I’ve not seen the whole of Rajasthan but have been to Jaipur, Udaipur and Nathdwara. Aravalli hills is where with my friends I’ve climbed many rocks and seen fabulous sunsets. Its where we’ve walked around Nakki Lake, filled our school blazers with chana chor garam, ridden on horses till our thighs ached. It is where we always warned each other about tigers in the hills which might come up to the terrace when we slept outdoors during the hot summers. Whether that was true or not who knows. But I know that any strange noise at night had us shivering. Its where we’d enjoyed umpteen times cassata ice cream, gorged on milk cakes (kalakand) and our Gujarati teacher would bring a huge pile of theplas for us from his home. A land where we’ve seen beautiful waterfalls, admired the carvings at Dilwara temple, a Jain temple in Rajasthan.With such fond memories how can I not be partial towards Rajasthan?
I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy hot, hot sugary milk and steaming hot crispy kachoris when we went to Nathdwara. Japiur is where I bought my first bandhani (bandhej) sari, black and gold! Yes an unusual combination from the land of vibrant colours but that’s the one that caught my eye. Jaipur is where I walked through the shops all in a row, fascinated by the huge sacks of spices, mojris, meenakari work, lehariya saris, embroided bedsheets, wall hangings, tablecloths, blue pottery, colorful stone studded bangles, paintings, got work duppatas, or salwar kameez sets, puppets. You definitely have to go with an empty suitcase to buy all those things there.
This beautiful land is the largest state in India, is home to India’s largest Thar Desert, has colour coded cities where Jaipur is pink, Jaisalmer is sand colour, Jodhpur is blue, Udaipur white. It has the only saline river Luni that passes through the desert. Land of many palaces and forts, have on my wish list the Palace on Wheels journey. One day that wish will come true. A land with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a land where thousands of black rats live in at the Karni Mata Temple. I also want to visit the deepest step well in the world, Chand Baori. Rajasthan has so much to offer.
As for the cuisine, I got opportunity to sample an authentic Rajasthani thali at a restaurant. Its the first time that I tasted Ker Sangri, gatte ki sabji, dal batti and moong halwa. I love how they serve bajra rotla with gur(jaggery), ghee and a fiery hot garlic chutney. I’ve yet to taste ghevar. I love Rajasthani Cuisine. I’m not ashamed to admit that dipping batti in ghee is my all time favorite. Hot kachoris I can eat whole day long.
For this month’s theme, my partner was Narmadha who blogs at Nam’s Corner. I was really intrigued by her basundi with lauki recipe as basundi is thickened sweet milk and sometimes fruits are added to it. Adding a veggie is what fascinated me. Usually, whenever I’m partnered with anyone, I usually get to know them a bit more. Unfortunately, I was not able to do that with Narmadha as I was too busy with my niece’s wedding preparations. I just asked Narmadha whether she was open to any ingredients and she promptly replied yes. That led to me suggesting moong dal and ghee. With those two ingredients she dished out a curry similar to gatte ki sabji but different in that instead of chickpea flour or besan gatte she used lentil fritters/pakodas in a yogurt gravy. For the full recipe you’ll have to go to her blog for Moong Dal Karara.The fritters or pakodas are not deep fried as normally done, but she’s made them in a paniyaram pan.
I’d actually wanted to make gatte pulao so she asked me to use besan and ajwain. I didn’t prepare the pulao as sabji won the vote. You can serve it with bajra na rotla, rice, phulkas, etc. An ideal curry to make when you don’t have vegetables at home. But then that’s how most of the dishes from Rajasthan are. You make use of dried vegetables and spices when fresh are not available.
GATTE KI SABJI
For the gatte/dumplings:
1- 1¼ cup besan atta (chana flour)
¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
¼ tsp asafetida (hing)
generous pinch of soda bicarbonate (baking soda)
½ tsp fennel seeds, crush them lightly
¼ tsp carom seeds (ajwain, ajmo)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp yogurt
4 cups water
For the curry:
1 large onion (approx 1 cup chopped)
6-8 cloves of garlic
1-2 green chillis
1″ ginger, chopped into small pieces
1½ cup sour yogurt, beat it well into a smooth consistency
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
½ tsp mustard seeds (rai)
½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
¼ tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1″ cinnamon stick
2 small bay leaves
1-2 dry red whole chilli
¼ tsp asafetida (hing)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp garam masala
¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp coriander powder (dhana powder)
3 tbsp fresh fenugreek, chopped
Preparation of the Ghatte Dough:
- Sift the flour with soda bicarbonate, asafetida, salt, turmeric and chili powder.
- Add carom seeds, coarsely crushed fennels seeds and oil. Mix well.
- Add yogurt and begin to form a dough which is not too hard or too soft. If necessary add 1-2 tbsp of water.
- Grease your palms with some oil and make a smooth dough.
- Cover and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Grease your hands with oil again. Divide the dough into 5 parts.
- Roll each part into a log about 4-5 inches long. The diameter should be about ½ inch.
- Using a sharp knife cut the logs into slices about ¾ -1 inch in thickness.
Boiling the ghatte:
- Add 4 cups of water into a pan.
- When it comes to a rolling boil, add ghatte pieces, few at a time.
- Let them boil for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove one piece from the water and cut it to make sure its cooked.
- Remove the ghatte into a bowl or plate using a slotted spoon.
- Keep on the side till required. You will also need the water so don’t throw it away.
Preparation of the Curry:
- Add onion, garlic, ginger and chilis in a food processor. Process it into a coarse paste.
- Heat oil and ghee in a pan over medium heat.
- Add cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, whole red chili and bay leaves.
- When the spices begin to sizzle, add fenugreek.
- Then add the mustard and cumin seeds.
- Add hing. Immediately add the onion paste.
- Stir fry the paste till it begins to turn light pink in color.
- Add turmeric, red chili, coriander powders, salt and garam masala.
- Mix well.
- Add the whipped yogurt and stir all the time.
- Keep stirring till you see a bit of the oil.
- Add 3 cups of water in which you had boiled the gatte.
- Mix well. Let it come to a simmer.
- Add the boiled gatte. Cover the pan and let the curry simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
- Let the curry rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Add 3 tbsp fresh chopped fenugreek and heat it up before serving.
- Serve it roti, bajri rotla, paratha or rice.
- Make sure the dough for the gatte is not too soft or too hard.
- Adding oil to the gatte dough makes it soft and hard on cooking.
- Let the dough rest for a while. It will become easier to roll.
- Use yogurt that is not too sour and is thick.
- Add spices of your choice to the gatte dough and curry.
- Can be prepared without onion and garlic.
- Make the gatte ahead and store in the fridge.
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The Girl Next Door
August 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm
Wow, such a beautifully written, detailed post! Loved reading it. 🙂
The Gatte Ki Sabzi looks delicious. I’d love to have it with those lovely soft parathas.
August 3, 2019 at 10:12 am
Thank you so much Priya.
August 5, 2019 at 9:24 am
Most popular and delicious veg curry from the Rajasthani Cuisine. Easy to make too. Very well explained with step by step pics.
August 9, 2019 at 6:21 am
Thank you so much Shobha and yes its easy to make.
August 5, 2019 at 12:10 pm
your travel anecdotes is making me want to Visit Jaipur. I have landed so close to jaipur but cudnt visit the city . This curry is so flavoursome and our family favourite too !
August 9, 2019 at 6:21 am
Oh Kalyani, Jaipur is such a vibrant place. Next time take the opportunity to visit it.
August 7, 2019 at 7:24 am
Your post took me back in time to my college days in Rajasthan.. loved reading it.. Rajasthan it’s culture, people and food and costumes everything is so vibrant!! Gatte ki subzi looks so vibrant and delcious, we like to have it ajwain paranthas or hot phulkas!!
August 9, 2019 at 6:17 am
That’s true, Swaty, though I stayed only 4 years, still hold Rajasthan close to my heart.
August 7, 2019 at 7:25 pm
I was so happy to see this month’s theme as it is of my State!!! Your’s is the first recipe I am visiting. Gatte ki sabzi is hands down my favorite. I don’t make it so often because it is pretty involved but whenever I do, we enjoy it for at least 3-4 meals :p Your sabzi looks absolutely delicious!
August 9, 2019 at 6:11 am
Thank you so much Ashima. Next on the list is gatte ka pulao as that’s what I had for a fair that took place in our apartment complex.
August 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm
My neighbours while growing up were rajasthanis..we have had this dish countless nis of times.. totally love the simplicity of flavours of this sabzi
August 9, 2019 at 6:09 am
That’s true Priya, love the simple flavors.
August 8, 2019 at 2:26 pm
I had made this curry once , It may seem long process , but once we enjoy the curry we will be satisfied with our work. Well explained recipe Mayuri…..
August 10, 2019 at 3:37 am
I love Gatte ki sabji with parathas. It’s a soulful meal anyday. Loved your write-up and the detailed recipe.
August 11, 2019 at 6:35 am
August 11, 2019 at 8:15 am
Always love your detailed way of explaining. You will take us along with you. Gatte ki subzi looks so inviting and delicious.
August 11, 2019 at 9:59 am
Thank you so much Narmadha.
August 12, 2019 at 2:21 pm
Gatte ki sabzi is something that we loved. I love the colors of your sabzi looks delicious n inviting.
August 13, 2019 at 6:29 pm
Thank you so much Archana. I love Rajasthani cuisine.
August 12, 2019 at 2:23 pm
Your description of Rajasthani landscape. foods has me wanting to visit Rajasthan immediately. Must take my elder one she is good for these adventures.
August 13, 2019 at 6:29 pm
Its a beautiful state and I love it. Still have to visit the desert and Jodhpur, but will do so one day.
Renu Agrawal Dongre
August 12, 2019 at 5:24 pm
Love to read all about one of my favourite place. Dipping the bati’s in ghee helps in digestion and that is what one of the reason, so enjoy. The moment you said, lentil fritters in yogurt gravy, I sensed it might be karara, one of my favourites at mom’s place. The gattas have come out so well. Looks soft and it has soaked in the gravy well. I really do not need anything else, I can just eat them on its own. Wonderfully explained recipe.
August 13, 2019 at 6:26 pm
Thank you so much Renu for the confirming why I should enjoy batti with ghee and the compliments for the gatte.
August 13, 2019 at 5:24 pm
Im constantly amazed how the same dish can have different versions, textures, flavours, with some underlying basic commonality. I have had gatte ke sabzi during visits to Rajasthan, and the ones I had looked quite different.Of course these were mostly at a company guest house I stayed in, prepared hurriedly and half heartedly by the cook! I like your version, it sounds tasty and quite robust in flavour. Must try this version.
August 13, 2019 at 6:22 pm
I too am amazed at the different versions Sujata. Like most common Gujarati foods I can only guess that it varies according to the regions. Like for example the way a Patel will prepare kadhi will be so different from let say someone from the Shah or Lohana community. I’ve had the one I prepared from a Rajasthani couple that stayed in Mombasa for a couple of years and then had the same yogurt version in Jaipur.
August 13, 2019 at 7:38 pm
That’s very interesting to know!
August 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm
Rajasthan is on my list to visit, good memories you have of here. This gatte ki sabzi looks delicious and makes a perfect meal anyday.
August 13, 2019 at 6:19 pm
Thank you so much Jayashree.
August 15, 2019 at 9:14 pm
This Rajasthani gatte ke sabzi looks very delicious, very well explained with step by step pics di. I never tasted this Sabzi, gravy looks very rich and tasty. And the way you served this Sabzi with Roti’s are inviting 👌
August 19, 2019 at 9:08 pm
Thank you so much Aruna.
Seema Doraiswamy Sriram
August 18, 2019 at 2:33 am
Absolutely loved the write up. I could picture each placevisibly as you described. I loved Mt Abu when I visited and felt that was heaven on earth. the step by step making of the gatte is impeccable. i am so tempeted to try it now.
August 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Thank you so much Seema.
Batter Up With Sujata
August 21, 2019 at 12:35 pm
Loved your detailed write up on Rajasthan visit. Really a beautiful state. I liked Chittorgarh most. I had some memorable days there. Gatta curry looks super tempting. Loved the roti on the side. I often make gatta curry. When we don’t have any vegetable in our pantry, gatta curry comes to resque.
August 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Thanks Sujata, I have not visited Chittorgarh. And you’re right this sabji recipe comes in handy when one does not have fresh vegetables.
Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth
September 3, 2019 at 11:14 am
I am amazed at how you have made a simple dish sound so exotic. In fact, I always feel such gravies are very innovative, of creating dishes with what you have in your surroundings. Looks like a very comforting meal…
September 5, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Thank you so much Rafeeda. This dish though simple is very flavorful.
Sasmita Sahoo Samanta
September 7, 2019 at 6:49 am
Gatte ki sabji looks so tempting di !! Love the details related to this curry with picture.. With some hot phulka I can finish up the curry 🙂
September 7, 2019 at 6:28 pm