Wednesday, July 29, 2020


Bafauri is a very healthy snack from the North Indian states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There might be a slight variation from state to state. Basically it is made with chana dal which is soaked and ground coarsely. Finely chopped onion, coriander leaves and some spices are added for flavouring. Dumplings are made with this mixture and steamed to perfection. This is an oil free snack and the taste is also incredible. You can relish it with mint chutney or any  other chutney you prefer.You have to try it out once and I am sure you will agree with me.

Chana dal ............. 1 cup
Green chilli paste .. 1 tsp
Garlic paste........... 1 tsp
Onion .................. 1 (finely chopped)
Coriander leaves... 1/2 cup
Ajwain / carom seeds .. 1/3 tsp
Asafoetida .................. 1 or 2 pinches
Baking soda ............... 2 pinches
Turmeric powder ....... 1/2 tsp
Salt .......................... to taste
Oil ............................ for brushing the steamer plate.


Soak the chana dal for few hours.

Drain the water and grind it coarsely without adding water.

Add all the mentioned ingredients.

Mix them well.

Shape them in any form you desire. Line them on a greased steamer plate. You can also use the idli cooker any pan like I have done here.

Cover the lid and steam for 20 minutes turning the side once carefully. The time may vary a bit depending on the size of the dumplings

Touch them with a finger to see if they are firm.

Serve with any chutney of your choice.

This salad is part of the  "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly"  challenge where a group of bloggers are paired with a different partner each month. They choose two secret ingredients from the chosen theme and we have to prepare the dish using them.
 The theme for this month is -  Steamed Food , suggested by Anu Kollon
I am paired with  Pavani Gunikuntla who blogs at Pavani's Kitchen . Do visit her blog and check out her lovely recipe collection
 She  gave me the two secret ingredients - Carom seeds /Ajwain and Asafoetida / Hing Using these I made the healthy steamed Bafauri.


  1. What a great snack and I always love learning about the regional Indian cuisine. I am ready to try this immediately. Getting the ingredients tomorrow!

  2. Such a delicious and healthy snack! I love the addition of onion, ajwain, green chilli and garlic paste, and coriander leaves. Must have been so very flavourful!


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