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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kolkata's Street Food Ghugni (Dried Green Peas Curry)


This should have been my Vijaya Dashami /Dusshera  post but due to my time constraint I couldn't post it earlier. During Vijaya Dashami we prepare a number of delicacies mostly a variety of sweets. Along with the sweets comes the much awaited ghugni accessorized  with an array of other namkeen snacks. But ghugni has an eminent position of its own ! 

A famous street food of Bengal: Ghugni is a familiar sight at every nook and corner of the city. And if you happen to visit mini Kolkata : C.R.Park in Delhi one can never miss the regular sight of ghugni selling like hot cakes. Giving a stiff competition to phuckas !

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Dried Green Peas (hari matar)
2 Onion, ground to paste
12 cup tomato puree
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tsp Coriander  powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Chilly powder
1 small Cinnamon stick
Salt to taste
Oil (white oil)
For garnishing 2 tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped) + chopped onion + lemon + finely cut green chillies and 1 tsp roasted Jeera powder

Method:
Soak the green peas overnight or if you have forgotten you can soak the peas in hot water next morning for minimum 3 hours. Pressure cook it with little salt and 1 cup water till 1 whistle (they should be done but not mushy). Heat oil in a pan add cinnamon stick, onion and a pinch of salt. Fry till the color turns light brown. Add ginger-garlic paste, fry for one minute and add the dry spices. Followed by tomato puree, fry till oil separates. Add boiled green matar to this mixture and mix well with the spices. Now add water to get the desired consistency, adjust the salt and close the lid. Lower the flame to minimum and let it simmer for 2-5 minutes. Ensure the peas are not overcooked. Garnish this hot ghugni with coriander leaves, chopped onions, lemon juice, green chillies and finally with roasted jeera powder. This can be served as a main dish or can be combined with luchi.

Serving Suggestions: You may add tamarind juice at the end and sprinkle some chaat masala to obtain a tangy taste.

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32 comments:

  1. Amader doler somoy jano ghugni akebare must chhilo....amra shobar barite pronam korte jetam aar ghugni khetam...akekjoner barite akekrokom taste....tomar ta dekhe khete ichhe korchhe....

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  2. nice presentation.. perfect with poori..

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  3. Lovely chaat,I love this chaat but I make with dried white peas

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  4. delicious dear....i have tasted this in my friends place

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  5. Yumm.... reminded me of home dear. Sunday evening snacks with the DD movie :).
    Thanks for the nostalgia

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  6. MMmm....looks very yum! Have had it a couple of times at my friend's home

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  7. aha ki bhalo dekhte. ei jinista sab Bangali i bhalobase taina.

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  8. wow this looks amazing yummy


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    this is all making me hungry now

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  9. Looks so yum!! I am going to try this soon :)

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  10. Love the street food across our country, its tasty and filling. Would love to have this with some bread!

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  12. Nice recipe dear..sounds very tasty! Bookmarking this recipe..

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  13. street food is always good,and yours is good and yummy too.
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  14. looks so yummy. I am drooling here. Love the beautiful clicks.

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  15. Gororm gororm ghugni thandar dinner .. iisssh! Nothing can beat that.

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  16. My mom was famous for making a dry peas curry with some meat masala adding to it, but sadly i dont have her recipe as she could never tell the amount of things, she will be like a hand full of this a pinch of this etc...
    I have not had dry peas dish for years and years. This famous kolkatta dish looks so yummy too.

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  17. Comforting dish,looks so yum,can't wait to try this.

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  18. super delicious and mouth watering dish.

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  19. Super tempting and wonderful one !! love it anytime !!

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  20. Hello dearie, hru??? Happy Diwali to you and yours!!!

    WOW, the curry looks heavenly! Wonder if I could join you now! :)

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  21. A wonderful dish to try after having all the sweet dishes for Diwali.

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  22. Street food across our beautiful country are my weakness...so next time when i am planning a visit to kolkata i sure will ping u :)...the first pic is totally amazing and looks rustic...yum!

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  23. Wat an incredible street food, one of my weakness too.Just craving for some.

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  24. Looks very nice.. wish to taste it :)

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  25. daruuun dekhte hoyeche, Deepa..don't mind, but 2nd & 3rd pic is my fav. of three.

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