Yoghurt Recipe Corner: Gatte ki Sabzi

One of the popular and traditional curries of Rajasthan, Gatta ki Sabzi is gram flour dumplings in a delicious gravy of yoghurt curry. Easy to cook, it tastes better when cooked in pure ghee.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Serves 4

 

Ingredients (For Gattas)

  • Bengal gram flour – ¾ cup
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Carom seeds (ajwain) – 1/8 tsp
  • Yoghurt – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

 

(For Curry)

  • Bengal gram flour – 1 tbsp
  • Yoghurt , beaten – 2 cups
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Cardamom – 1
  • Curry leaves – 4-6
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cloves – 1
  • Oil – 4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander – 1 tsp

 

Method

(To make gattas)

  1. In a bowl, mix Bengal gram flour, chilli powder, salt, fennel seeds, carom seeds, yoghurt and oil.
  2. Knead into a firm dough using 1-2 tbsp of water.
  3. Roll small portions of the dough on a roller board with your palms into long strips. Remove the thin strips onto a plate.
  4. In a pan, boil plenty of water. When water starts boiling, add the dough strips and cook for 10-15 minutes on medium flame.
  5. Remove strips from water with a strainer and keep them on a plate.
  6. Cut strips into small cubes and keep aside.

 

(To make curry)

  1. Mix beaten yoghurt, Bengal gram flour, curry leaves with ½ cup water. Stir well so that no lumps remain. Keep the yoghurt mixture aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, asafetida, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. When the seeds start to crackle, add turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder and sauté for about a minute.
  4. Immediately pour the yoghurt mixture with 1 cup water into the pan and stir continuously for about 3-4 minutes.
  5. When the curry starts boiling, add salt to the curry and simmer for about 10 more minutes.
  6. Add the prepared gatta cubes and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Pour the gatta in a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Serve Gatte ki Sabzi hot with rotis.

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