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Bafauri is a healthy, steamed snack from the state of Chhattisgarh in India. This delicious snack is made from chana dal and simple spices. Usually it is enjoyed as a breakfast or evening snack with some chutney.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Soaking Time: 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 12 pieces


  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chilli paste or 1-2 finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil optional
  • ½ tsp ajwain
  • ¼ tsp soda bicarbonate baking soda
  • ¾ - 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • tsp asafetida
  • ½ - ¾ cup water
  • little oil for greasing


  • Soak the dal in warm water for 2-3 hours.
  • Drain out the water from the dal and wash it.
  • Save a tablespoon of the soaked dal.
  • Put the rest in the blender along with the measured water.
  • Blend the dal till it becomes a semi smooth paste. It should not be runny or too thick.
  • Add rest of the ingredients including the saved dal and mix the batter well.
  • Heat some water in the idli steamer.
  • Grease the idli moulds with some oil.
  • Spoon about a tablespoon full of the batter into the cavities.
  • When the water is begins to boil, put the idli stand into the pan.
  • Cover and let the bafauri steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Bafauri is cooked if the top does not appear wet.
  • Take the stand out of the pan.
  • Let the bafauri cool down for a 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove bafauri carefully from the idli moulds.
  • Serve it with your choice of chutney or sauce.


  • If you do not have an idli stand, then use small heatproof bowls (steel) or silicon cake cups.
  • Be careful not to add too much water when you blend the dal otherwise the bafauri will be shapeless when steamed.
  • The batter should be semi smooth.
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