June 30, 2008

JFI-Tamarind: Besan Chikki

My second recipe is for this month’s JFI, being hosted by Sig of Live to Eat. I’m revisiting one of my husband’s favorite, Besan Chikki for JFI-Tamarind. My MIL made it on demand and it was just awesome. I can never make it the same way she does even with the recipe on hand. Here’s the recipe.


Ingredients:
For Chikkis:
Besan – 1 cup (sifted)
Green Chilies – 3-4, chopped fine
Curry leaves – 3-4
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Salt – to taste
For Gravy:
Onion – 1 small, chopped
Tamarind pulp – ¼ cup thick home made kind
Fenugreek powder – ½ tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – ½ tsp
Red chili powder – 1tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste


Ingredients:
  • To make besan chikki: Fry besan in a pan on medium-low flame, until it turns golden and does not smell raw anymore. Remove and keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil, add mustards and cumin seeds; after they pop, add chilies, turmeric and curry leaves.
  • Add 1¼ cups water and let it come to a simmer. Slowly add the fried besan and mix thoroughly making sure that there are no lumps. Keep stirring until the mixture comes away from the sides. Remove onto a greased plate, cut into squares and let cool.
  • For the gravy: Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and after they splutter, add onions and sauté till light brown. Add tamarind pulp and ½ cup water. Add all the remaining ingredients and on a slow flame, bring the gravy to a simmer, about 15 minutes. Add the besan squares and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve with rice or roti.

15 comments:

  1. Never heard of besan chiki! Great recipe Pavani, thank you for this entry...

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  2. your blog's yummy!!

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  3. That dish so new to me Pavani. Chikki is sweet Peanut brittle for us Kannadigas. Looks wonderful, almost like Dal Dhokli. Great entry. I will try this when I am on my blog break!:)

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  4. this one is new to me .... but looks yummmmm

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  5. Pavani, this looks good. but no idea how will it taste. never heard it b4. tell me how does it taste. added to my favourites.

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  6. I never heard of it before, will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Very nice recipe, looks great!!!

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  8. wow...pavani...besan chikki...never heard of it till now...thanks for introducing me to this!

    Veda

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  10. hi pavani , sorry for disturbing u again . actually if space exists between catagory name like "rice dishes" it is not coming where as if there is no spae like "chutnies " it is working.just see my blog and test the dropdown boxes so that u can understand.
    plz reply me back and if possible send one "from around the world " code of ur hideout.
    thanx®ards,
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  11. Hi Pavani, you know we face this situation when we have no vegetables at our house and we still feel eating something nice and spicy. I think this is a great recipe for those times :) Thanks for sharing it!

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  12. HI PAVANI THANX A LOT FOR GIVING CODE . ANYWAY NOW ITS PERFECTLY WORKING. THANX A LOT ONCE AGAIN.
    BYE ,
    PREETHI.

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