Friday, 24 March 2017

Gatte ki Sabji (Chickpea Dumplings in Gravy) ~ Rajasthani Special


During our recent India trip, I promised my self that I would try and sample some new regional dishes whilst travelling through the country. In Jaipur, one dish that appeared on the menu regularly was Gatte ki Sabji. We were rather intrigued to see what it was and how it tasted. We got the opportunity to sample this dish for the first time at Choki Dhani which is a cultural Rajasthani Village on the outskirts of Jaipur.


At Choki Dhani they create a truly memorable Rajasthani dining experience, you are serenaded with traditional music, treated like royalty as you are escorted into an authentic village setting where you sit on the floor on cushions and eat your food on low wooden tables. The food is served in plates made from banana leaves, on offer is a vast  selection of both savory and sweet dishes, pickles, flatbreads and rice. The waiters come around and refill your plates constantly with the amazing delicacies till you stomach screams no more!!!




One of the items in the thali was Gatte ki Sabji which is a curry made with chickpea flour dumplings in a yoghurt sauce. It is traditionally served with Bajra na Rotla which are millet flour unleavened flat breads. In this post I have recreated the dish as I really loved the taste and authenticity of it.






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Gatte ki Sabji
Chick Pea Dumplings in a spicy tangy yoghurt gravy.





Ingredients:

For Dumplings
  • 125 grams Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon natural yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water to bind dough
  • 1.54 litres water for cooking dumplings
For Gravy
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 small white onion finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 red dried chilli
  • 100-150 ml cooking water left from dumplings
  • 3 tablespoons natural yoghurt beaten
  • fresh coriander finely chopped

Method:

1. In a basin add the chickpea flour, whole cumin, salt, chilli powder, natural yoghurt and oil and mix together. Add a little water to make a semi soft dough. If you find the dough a little sticky rub oil on your hands and knead the dough. Cover the dough and leave to rest for 15 minutes.2. In a large pan add the water and put the pan on the heat to boil the water.3. Divide the dough into 5 parts and roll each part into a sausage shape approx 1.5 cm in diameter. 4. Put the sausage shaped dumplings into the boiling water and cook them for 15 minutes. You will know when they are cooked as small bubbles will appear on the dumplings and they will float to the surface of the boiling water.5. Remove the cooked dumplings from the pan with a slotted spoon and keep aside to cool. Reserve the cooking water.6.Once dumplings are cooled slice them into 1 cm thick slices and keep them aside. 7. In another pan add 1 tablespoon of oil, when its hot add the mustard seeds and the red dried chilli, wait for the mustard seeds to splutter after which add both types of chopped onions and cook them till soft and golden brown.8.To the cooked onions add the ginger paste, green chillies, salt, turmeric, chilli powder, cumin powder and cook the mixture for 1-2 minutes. Add 100 ml cooking water from the dumplings and the yoghurt and simmer the gravy for 2-3 minutes on a low heat.9.Add the dumplings and cook the curry for another five minutes, add extra cooking water from the dumplings if the gravy seems dry.10.To serve transfer the curry to a serving bowl and garnish with the chopped coriander. Serve the curry with millet flour flat breads.
Details
Prep time:15Cooking time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings





36 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the look of these. Really like the idea of them coming in the yoghurt gravy, cool with heat, yum. Are they easy enough to make?

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    1. I have done a step by step collage it really was simple to make as you can make the gravy while the dumplings are cooking.You can also reduce the spice levels if you don't like spicy food. omit the chili powder,

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  2. This looks like delicious dish.

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  3. Wow this sounds amazing! There are so many lovely flavours going on and I love the idea of the dumplings made with chickpea flour. It's so easy to make vegan too just by using a vegan yogurt. I need to try this!

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  4. i love dumplins but never had them like this before what a treat

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  5. Oh, what lovely photos, Nayna - isn't India such a beautiful, wondrous country? I loved living in Kerala a few years ago. And of course, it goes without saying that the food is some of the best I've had anywhere in the world!

    Choki Dhani looks and sounds fantastic. As for that restaurant you went too.... my kind of place! I think I wouldn't ever want to leave!

    Your gattes look absolutely wonderful, and had I not already prepared this evening's meal (coincidently, Indian food!), I'd be out in the kitchen right now, making them! As it is, I guess I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow.

    Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous recipe! By the way, did you use Kashmiri chilli powder, or something a bit more fierce? xx

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    1. Hi Nico, My family cannot tolerate food that is too spicy so I used a mild chilli powder. You can make the curry as hot as you like or totally leave out the chilli powder.

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    2. Thanks for the clarification, Nayna - I can't have anything too hot either, as it plays havoc with my IBS! Besides, I like to be able to experience all of the spices, not have my tastebuds killed off by chilli! Ha ha!

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  6. Hi hun, This food looks completely yummy. Such a tasty feast. Thanks for sharing this :) x

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  7. When I went to Rajasthan I had the best food - would love to relive it, so thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  8. I love dumplings and these sound yummy but I don't think I'd be able to make these myself, I'd have no idea if they looked right x

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  9. oh wow the food looks incredible! I haven't tried chickpea dumplings before

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  10. These look and sound delicious, I'd love to try more traditional Indian dishes

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  11. Love the sound of these chickpea dumplings! I don't think I've ever eaten anything called a 'dumpling' without enjoying it haha

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  12. Yum I love eating dumplings. I love this recipe. xx

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  13. This looks like a fantastic dish and I am intrigued by the use of chickpea flour. It really seems to be a very healthy and filling dish.

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  14. Ooh nom, I like dumplings but have never tried chickpea dumplings before. This sounds absolutely heavenly x

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  15. Wow, that looks absolutely delicious, and I imagine it's high in protein since it's made from chick pea flour.

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  16. Oh wow now this is one we really have to try!! I love using chickpeas so this is a really cool idea and one I've not heard of before!

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  17. Great pictures, the food looks so good!

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  18. Yum! Thanks for sharing.... can't wait to try it!

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  19. Lovely Food, great pics :)
    Bookmarking :)

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  20. This is delicious I will try it!

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  21. I love chickpeas but always associate them with just hummus, this is a fab idea.

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  22. Oh my goodness, this sounds AMAZING. Bookmarked!

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  23. Wow,t hat looks and sounds incredibly tasty.

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  24. Those banana leaf plates look incredible (as do the dumplings obviously!) I like the idea of being able to cool down the spices with the yoghurt dressing.

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  25. Love what i see, will definitely try them.

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  26. Never tasted dis b4 but it's worth a try! I absolutely love it. Nice one

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  27. It looks delicious. I love spicy food.Thanks for sharing.... can't wait to try it!

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  28. It looks delicious. I love spicy food.Thanks for sharing.... can't wait to try it!

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  29. I am not so good yet when it comes to cooking but i'd love to try to do your recipe. I hope I can do it well.

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  30. I love chickpeas and love seeing the way that they can be used in unique recipes. This one looks so good!

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  31. These dishes look absolutely delicious! It looks like you have brought back loads from your trip!

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  32. Nayna gatte ki sabji looks so delicious... feel like going back to Rajasthan to have some. I love Rajasthan, the vibrant colours, the food, the hospitality. Truly a royal state.

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  33. I had visited Choki Dani in Jaipur too. The taste of the food we had there still lingers in my mouth.. the way they force you to eat more and more..
    Gatte ki sabzi is my favourite :p

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