Thursday, July 26, 2018

BESAN KI MACHLI / BESAN KI SABZI


This is a very popular vegetarian curry made with gram flour from Bihar and Jharkhand region. This vegetarian delicacy is also nicknamed as Besan ki Machli  (Vegetarian Fish Curry) because it tastes as good as fish curry.
I made this curry for our monthly event in our group , "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" . This month the theme is Jharkhand Cuisine. My partner is Poonam Bachhav. Do visit her blog Annapurna to check out some delicious dishes.

Ingredients:
Gram flour ... 1 & 1/2  cups
Yellow or black mustard seeds .. 2 tbsps
Cumin seeds ..... 1+1 tsps
Fenugreek seeds ... 1/4 tsp
Saunf / aniseeds .... 1 tsp
Black pepper corns .. 8-10
Garlic .................... 12 cloves
Turmeric powder .... 1/4 + 1/4  tsp
Red chilli powder ...... 1/2 tsp
Salt ............... to taste
Kasoori methi ......... 1 tbsp (I used fresh methi 3 tbsps)
Mustard oil ............ 1/4 cup


Method:

Mix together gram flour, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and salt.








Make a smooth and thick batter adding water little by little. Set aside.









Dry roast the mustard seeds, saunf, pepper corns, cumin seeds.








Grind them to make a coarse powder. Add garlic and little water. Grind together to make a paste.







Now heat a griddle. Pour ladleful of gram flour batter and make thick pancakes.







Spoon a little oil to cook them .Fold the sides to make a roll and flatten it.







Repeat until the batter is finished.







Cut them into slices.










Now heat mustard oil in a pan to smoking point. Reduce the heat. Add fenugreek and cumin seeds.








When they crackle, add the ground masala and saute.









Add salt, 1/4 tsp haldi and red chilli powder.









Continue to stir until the oil is separated and the masala is fried well.









Add about 3 cups of water.









When it starts to boil tip in the gram flour pieces.









Add kasoori methi or sauteed fresh methi and simmer for about 12-15 minutes.
Keep the consistency of the gravy thinner as the liquid is soaked up on keeping the curry for a longer time.







28 comments:

  1. Besan ki machli sounds like Maas vadi, a Maharashtrian delicacy with besan..but that gravy is coconut based..your gravy with ground mustard seeds sounds flavorful di. Will give this a try soon.

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    1. Ok.. I would love to try out the Maharashtrian version too. I love coconut based gravies.

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  2. Such a delicious sabzi, very interesting, cant wait to try this yummy dish soon.

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  3. Very tempting,and interesting, will try it out.Seemscto be easier than gatte because of no steaming

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    1. Yes dear.. do make it and give me the feed back.

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  4. This curry looks amazing, Shobhaji! I'm definitely going to try this out. :)
    Great share for the theme!

    ~Priya Iyer from www.thephotowali.wordpress.com

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    1. Must try Priya.. you will love it.
      Thanks

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  5. This curry looks so tempting. An absolutely new dish for me. It showcases that there are so many dishes in India we have not even heard of. Wonderful share for the theme Shobha.

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    1. Thanks Mayuri.. I like this theme events which give us a chance to try out something new from various regions.

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  6. Curry sounds so flavourful and mouthwatering . We make borar jhal or besan pakoda in mustard gravy. Your sounds interesting. I will try it soon

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    1. Ok.. must be tasting similar too.Thanks.

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  7. Yummy...We do make this using besan chila's, something similar....Yours looks droolicious.

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  8. Loved your style of step by step presentation of the recipe

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    1. Thanks Priya.. this helps the beginners to follow the recipe easily.

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  9. I loved the name of the dish and it reminded me a lot of Aani Basar that my Sindhi colleague makes. I will try this soon, Shobha-ji.

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    1. You are Right Aruna.. this is somewhat like aani .. only the masalas used in the gravy are different.

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  10. I had a hard time guessing this but loved going through the step by step pics. It shows what a time consuming dish this was but the end result was totally worth it. Absolutely delish and I am all keen to try this soon.

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    1. Yes dear.. it was delicious and worth the efforts.

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  11. very similar to Gatte ki sabji, delicious!

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    1. Yes.. but the gravy and spices used are totally different.

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  12. This is so cool. When i saw the machili i kid of dismissed it in my brain till i read the entire recipe. wow, this is awesome.

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