Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Golyachi aamti (Gram flour balls in gravy)

This is a typical Maharashtrian recipe with a concept of North Indian koftas but with just a touch of spice to enhance the gravy.


1 cup gram flour (besan)

1 medium red onion,finely chopped

2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 1/2 tsp salt or as per taste

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp oil

handful of chopped cilantro

tamarind extract from a lemon size tamarind bowl

Grind to paste

1 cup fresh/frozen coconut

3 garlic cloves,minced

1 tsp onion

1/2 tsp coriander seeds

Grind the above ingredients with little water to a smooth paste

Here's what you need to do

  • In a bowl mix together besan ,half of the chopped onion,1/2 tsp chilli powder,1/4 tsp turmeric,1/4 tsp salt,1/2 tsp sugar and 2 tbsp cilantro and with little water mix to form a stiff dough.
  • Grease your hand with little oil and make lemon size bolwls of this dough.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai,when hot add the onion and fry till translucent.
  • Add the ground paste,chilli powder and  turmeric.Saute this mixture for couple of minutes.
  • Now add salt sugar,tamarind juice and 2 cups of water.
  • Let the curry come to a rolling boil.At this stage add the besan balls.Simmer and let this mixture bowl for 5-7 minutes.Check for  spices and adjust the gravy consistency as needed.
  • Pour in a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro.

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