One of the many perks of being married into a Marwari family? You get to eat awesome vegetarian food that you have never heard of before. Being an Assamese, and spending most of my life in a small town in Assam, I hardly knew about Marwari cuisine. However, after my marriage, the food, including other North Indian dishes, was sort of a revelation! I never thought that vegetarian food can also be so so tasty and so many different varieties are possible.
For instance, consider the use of besan (gram flour); you can make the usual pakode (fritters) and kadhi (curd based curry) or make gatte, besan ki chapatti (gram flour Indian bread) and not to mention laddoos (sweet treats), the possibilities are endless. While in Assam, for us, besan meant only and only pakode!
In Marwari cuisine, “gatte ki subzi” (gram flour dumplings curry) is quite famous and also a very common dish. My mother-in-law showed me how to cook it and make awesome curd-based curries with it. However, one variation of this ingredient caught my imagination; and that was the dry fried version, made with small cut pieces of gatte, fried in oil flavoured with curry leaves and black mustard seeds. It was brilliantly flavourful. Inspired by that version, today, I am presenting my own variation of stir fried gatte.
I am a big fan of colourful food. Therefore, my variation is made with colourful vegetables.
This recipe serves 3-4.
To make gatte:
- 1 cup gram flour,
- 3 tablespoon oil (flavourless),
- A pinch of baking soda (soda bicarbonate),
- Salt according to taste (Around 1 teaspoon),
- ½ teaspoon each of carom seeds and nigella seeds,
- ½ teaspoon each of chilli powder and cumin powder,
- Water to knead the dough.
Vegetables for stir fry:
- ½ cup each of shredded cabbage and carrots (feel free to add your favourite veges),
- 2-3 garlic minced,
- ½ teaspoon green chilli chopped,
- 1 spring onion chopped,
- 1/3 teaspoon turmeric,
- Salt according to taste.
- Oil for frying.
Make the gatte:
- Mix all ingredients and knead.
- A sticky dough will form.
- Apply little oil on your palms, and roll the gatte dough in slim cigar shapes.
- Boil around 5-6 cups of water; drop the cigar shaped dumplings into the water.
- After 2-3 minutes, the dumplings will puff up and rise up.
- Keep boiling for 6-7 minutes more, and then drain and keep aside.
Stir fry vegetables:
- Heat oil and add garlic.
- Now add all the vegetables.
- Add turmeric and salt, and fry the vegetables for 3-4 minutes or till dry.
- Now chop the boiled gatte into small round pieces, and add to the vegetables.
- Mix carefully and fry on high flame for 3-4 minutes.
- Switch off the flame and its ready! You can squeeze some lemon juice to give it a tangy feel.
Hope you like this!
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