Gujarati food is nothing but an astonishing number of simple flavours coming together and creating something magical. I am hoping to put together family favourites for the benefit of the non-gujju’s like myself. Trust me you need to drive away the “Sweet” phobia to try these lovely dishes.
I shall name this series as “Gujarati-Food-101”.
First of this series shall be a truly Potato Lovers delight- Besan Bataka Nu Shaak [Potato and Gram Flour Curry]
You shall need: [Serves 3-4 People]
2 Large/3 Medium Sized…. Potatoes [Peeled and cut into bite size chunks]
2 Cup…. Water
2… Green Chillies [Chopped Finely]
1 Tbsp… Vegetable Oil
1/2 Tsp… Cumin Seeds [Jeera]
1/2 Tsp… Carom Seeds [Ajwain]
2 Tbsp… Gram Flour [Mixed with a little water to get rid of the lumps]
1/2 Tsp… Tumrmeric Powder
Red Chilly Powder and Salt to Taste
2-3 Tbsp… Corriander Leaves [Chopped] * Optional
2 Tsp… Jaggery
- In a wok, heat the oil and add the Cumin and carom seeds. Stir for 30 Sec.
- Add the green Chillies and stir for about 30 sec..
- Now to this add the potatoes and mix the oil, seeds and chillies.
- Pour water in the pan, cover it and cook for 12-15 min on medium heat or until the potatoes are almost cooked. [Try to not make them mushy]
- Once potatoes are done,add the gram flour paste in the pan.
- The sauce shall start to thicken immediately.
- Do not panic, stir a bit and then add some more water. The consistency shall however continue to be on a thicker side as compared to dals and other curries.
- Add the chilly poweder [If needed], Salt and jaggery.
- Cover the pan and let it simmer gently on a low flame.
- Stir ocassionally.
- The curry should be ready to be served after 4-5 min of simmering.
- Serve in a bowl with Corriander garnish.
- Enjoy this sharp, fluffy and sweet flavor contrast, best with Bhakris.
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