Gatte ki Sabji
Gatte ki sabji is a popular gravy based dish from the Rajasthani cuisine. Gatte are gram flour (besan) roundels which are added to a curd based gravy.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
for making gatte
- 2 cups besan or 200 grams
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons curd or 30 grams (yogurt)
- 4 to 5 tablespoons water or add as required for kneading
- 4 cups water for cooking gatte
for onion paste
- ½ cup roughly chopped onion or 1 medium sized onion
- 3 to 4 small to medium garlic cloves or ½ teaspoon chopped garlic
- ½ inch ginger or ½ teaspoon chopped ginger
- 1 to 2 tablespoons water or add as required – optional for grinding
for making gatte ki sabji (gravy)
- 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 3 cloves
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 2 green cardamoms
- 1 small to medium tej patta
- 1 dry red chilli – seeds removed
- 1 cup curd or 240 to 250 grams, beaten
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoons red chilli powder
- 1 tablespoon coriander powder
- 1 cup of the cooked gatte water or add as required
- salt as required
- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
making dough for gatte
In a large bowl or a plate, take 2 cups besan (200 grams).
Add the following ingredients – 1 pinch asafoetida, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), ½ teaspoon red chili powder and 1 teaspoon coriander powder. Also add 1 teaspoon salt or add as per taste.
Add 3 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons curd. mix everything very well. making sure that the oil is mixed evenly.
Then add water in parts and begin to knead. Knead very well allowing the besan to absorb water. Overall knead for 10 to 11 minutes.
You will need 4 to 5 tablespoons water. Addition of water will depend on the type of flour. Also if the curd used is watery or has more whey in it, less water will be required.
Knead to a semi soft dough like a poori dough. It should be easy to roll and shape without applying too much of force or strength. You should not see cracks on the dough. If there are cracks, then sprinkle water and continue to knead. In case the dough becomes sticky, then sprinkle some besan and knead again.
Before making the gatte, take 4 cups water in a pan or kadai. Heat the water on medium or medium-high flame.
Divide the besan dough in 6 equal parts. Roll each part to a smooth ball.
Now with your fingers, roll each dough ball to a soup stick like cylindrical shape.
Do this with all the 6 dough pieces. Slice each dough piece in two to three parts so that they can be placed easily in the kadai.
Increase the flame to a high or medium-high and let the water come to a boil.
Now gently place each gatte in the hot boiling water. Do not over crowd the pan. So its better to use a medium to large kadai.
After they are cooked, the gatte pieces should float on top and bubbles will be seen on them. This means that they are cooked.
Gently remove them with a slotted spoon draining the extra water.
Place them on a board or plate and let them become warm or cool at room temperature.
making onion paste
In a small grinder or blender jar, take ½ cup roughly chopped onion. Also add ½ teaspoon chopped garlic and ½ teaspoon chopped ginger.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or add as required and grind to a fine paste. Keep aside.
making gravy for gatte ki sabji
Meanwhile whisk 1 cup of curd (240 to 250 grams) till smooth. Keep aside.
Reserve 1 cup of the water in which the gatte were cooked. Keep aside.
Cut the cooked gatte in small round thick discs.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil or ghee in another pan. Keep flame to a low or medium-low.
Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 3 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 1 small to medium tej patta and 1 dry red chilli (seeds removed). Add all the spices together. So keep them ready before you heat the oil.
Fry till all the spices crackle. Do not burn the spices, so fry them on a low flame.
Now add the onion paste. Take care as the onion paste splutters when you add it.
Mix well. Stirring often sauté onion paste on a low to medium-low flame till it turns golden.
making gatte ki sabzji
Now switch off the flame and add the whisked curd. You can also add the beaten curd in parts.
Quickly mix the curd very well with the sautéed onion paste.
Now heat the pan on a low flame and keep on stirring continuously while the curd gets cooked.
Let the curd come to a boil and you will see some oil specks on top.
Then add all the spice powders one by one – ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons red chilli powder, 1 tablespoon coriander powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (optional).
Mix the spice powders very well with the curd.
Continue to sauté for 1 to 2 minutes till you see some oil floating on top.
Now add 1 cup of reserved water in which the gatte were cooked. mix very well.
Add salt as per taste. Mix again.
Simmer the gravy or curry on a medium-low flame. Stir at intervals. let this gravy to a boil.
Once the gravy comes to a boil, then add all of the gatte pieces. stir gently and lightly.
Simmer on low to medium-low flame till curry thickens slightly. Overall cook the gatte ki sabji for about 5 to 6 minutes or till the gravy thickens slightly. Do note that on cooling the gravy thickens more.
Later switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.
Serve gatte ki sabji with roti or parathas or jowar roti or bajra roti. you can also serve this besan ki sabji with steamed rice or jeera rice.
Tips for making gatte ki sabji
- Please use full fat curd. Homemade curd is the best. Do not use curd made from low fat milk or toned milk.
- Both onion and garlic can be skipped in the recipe.
- Add water as required depending on the consistency of the gravy you want.
- 2 teaspoons of red chilly powder makes the gatte ki sabzi spicy. For less spicy taste, add ½ to 1 teaspoon red chilly powder. In this case also reduce the amount of coriander powder to ½ tablespoon.
- Gatte can be made a day before also and then added to the gravy. Keep the gatte in fridge if making a day before.
Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 16.8mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.8mg