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.
Now this recipe is is part of our monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired every month with a different partner. Both select the secret ingredients for each other.This month the theme is "Steamed Food " which was suggested by Anu Kollon who blogs at Ente Thattukada. She made a traditional Kerala dish Vattayappam
I am paired with Pavani Gunikuntla. Do visit her blog Pavani's Kitchen for the authentic Andhra recipes. For this event I gave her Sugar and Green chillies and her recipe was Khaman Dhokla which is a popular Gujarati snack loved by one and all.
I was given Carom Seeds (Ajwain) and Asafoetida (Hing) by Pavani and using these two ingredients I chose to make this healthy Bafauri, which I am sure you are going to fall in love with when you make it.
Now let's proceed with the recipe.
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.
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
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!ReplyDelete
You will love them Mireille.Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Such a delicious and healthy snack. It definitely a great way to include proteins in diet.ReplyDelete
Yes, you are right ArchanaDelete
What an awesome protein rich snack .ReplyDelete
Very nice and detailed recipe with step by step images.
I am amazed at the similarity our Indian cuisine has . A very same kind of steamed snack using lentils is made in karnataka called nuchina and in tamil nadu it is called paruppu urundai which is dunked in sambar or majjige huli .
Yes Priya, as you rightly said there are so many dishes prepared in different regions with a slight variation of ingredientsDelete
Very healthy and yummy snack.. one of my mom's friend used to make this.. your post brought back her memories.. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will try it now.ReplyDelete
Thanks Swati. You must try this. So light and tasty.Delete
A super healthy snack. Sounds spicy and delicious. Also a protein rich snack because of dal. I would love to try it sometime.ReplyDelete
Yes dear. Very healthy snack. Do try it.Delete
This is such a healthy delicious protein rich snack ! Would love to give it a try soon.ReplyDelete
Thanks Poonam. Please do make it.Delete
It s been ages since I made some bafauri. Its such a healthy and delicious snack to enjoy. The first time I made it was amazed that though the ingredients all used were similar to the dhokla ones, it yet tastes so different. Its time I made it again.ReplyDelete
Thanks Mayuri. The ingredients also are similar to masala vada.Amazing isn't it.Delete
I have made this a few months before and loved the taste and texture of this healthy dish. I loved your way of cooking the bafuriReplyDelete
Ok. We loved it also. It has become ourfavourite.Delete
This dish has the same ingredients and same method as that of parippu vada(made in South India), except that this is steamed and the vadas are fried. These ones are healthy snack option because of zero oil. Great recipe.ReplyDelete
Very true Anu. Thanks . I am glad you liked them.Delete
Bafuri is healthy and looks delicious. I would like to make it sometime.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jayashree. You will surely like this healthy snackDelete
Dal bafauri sounds very interesting di,process looks like our dal vada. Loved the part of steaming it, can have more without guilt :)ReplyDelete
Very true. It is a healthy snackDelete
Protein rich snack looks so delicious and tempting. Love this traditional snack that can be gorged on guilt free.ReplyDelete
Very true Preethi. We really loved itDelete
This snack looks so Healthy and lip-smacking. Channa dal bafauri is a new recipe for me to try.It must have tasted delicious.ReplyDelete
Thanks Pavani. Yes it was verydelicious. You must try it.Delete
Indian cuisine is so versatile, that the same set of ingredients give rise to so many differnt dishes.. .this bafauri is so healthy and inviting, shobha.ReplyDelete
True Kalyani. ThanksDelete
When we were doing search for Chattisghar recipe, I really was intriguied by theis recipe. But my search did not get one authentic followable recipe. I am so glad to see a recipe I can try now.ReplyDelete
Yes, I found this very interesting too and am so glad that it came out perfect and tasted so goodDelete
Such a protein rich healthy snack.. We almost prepare vada using the same ingredients but any day, steamed food is healthier than fried ones. Will try soon.ReplyDelete
Very true Priya and this one really has a unique taste.Delete
Healthy and nutritious snack which we can enjoy guilt free. I love the combination of green chilli, ajwain and coriander leavesReplyDelete
This is one the heathiest preparation and I have never tried bafauri till now.Will bookmark and try for my kids.ReplyDelete