Gatte ki Sabzi

Gatte ki sabzi

Dumpling Curry/ Gatte Ki Sabzi

Preparation tips:

Besan / gram flour is usually mixed with water, olive oil, yogurt or milk to make a paste that can be any consistency depending on the desired use. The paste is seasoned with any combination of parsley, cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chili, rosemary, onion or garlic. It’s traditionally cooked in a skillet to create a flat bread called socca or fried into fritters. Use a thick besan/ Gram flour batter to coat and fry vegetables or add small shrimps to a thin batter and fry them into appetizer-like pancakes.

Gattas/ Dumplings made with besan / gram flour dipped in a spicy gravy are absolutely delicious.

Serves: 5-6

Cook time: 40 minutes

Cuisine: India, Rajasthan

Course: Main


For the Gattas/ Dumplings:

  • 1 cup besan / gram flour
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 3/4 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1 tsp carom seed
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated fine
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup curd, whisked
  • Oil


For the gravy:

  • 1 onion big size, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes medium size, pureed
  • 2 Red chilies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 4-5  cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 cloves garlic, finely mashed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped


For the Gattas/ Dumplings:

Step 1.

In a bowl mix the besan/ gram flour, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, asafetida powder, salt , carom seeds , baking soda and mix it together well for making the gattas/ Dumplings.

Step 2.

Add to this the ginger and knead the dough with curd, adding carefully the sufficient curd/ yogurt, to make a firm and smooth dough. Add one tsp of oil to the dough and knead again.


Step 3.

Divide the dough into equal portions and shape each portion of the dough into a 1/2 inch diameter roll.

Step 4.

In a wide large bowl add four cups of water and let it boil, once the water starts boiling, gently slide the rolls into the water and let the rolls cook for about 10-12 minutes on a high flame. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Take the gatta rolls out gently from the water in a tray and let them cool down. When the gatta/ Dumpling rolls are cooled to room temperature, cut each gatta/ Dumpling roll into 1/2 inch pieces.

Step 6.

After slicing the gatte’s/ Dumplings, heat the oil in a frying pan and deep fry the gattes/ Dumplings in two three batches. With frying, gate become more firm, crisper and get fully cooked. Keep the fried gatte/ Dumplings aside.
For the gravy:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker put the tomatoes ( cutting each tomato into two halves) with one cup of water on high flame, the moment pressure is formed switch off the stove. When cooker cooled to room temperature, open the lid take out the tomato halves, peel and remove the tomato skin. Grind the tomatoes into a smooth puree and set aside.

Step 2.
In a grinder make onion paste. Now for making the gravy, heat a pan, add two tsp oil, add cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling add heeng fry for few seconds, add cloves, cinnamon, and add onion paste, garlic paste and sauté on medium flame for 7-8 minutes . Add the tomato puree and let it cook on slow flame till gets thickened .

Step 3.
Now add the powdered spices like turmeric, dhania powder, red chili powder and salt. Now add half cup of water and add the fried gatte’s and mix gently. Reduce the heat to low flame and add the whisked curd. Once you see the oil coming up to the surface switch off the stove.

Step 4.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves. A good accompaniment with boiled rice/ white rice or any Indian bread of your choice!



Nutrient Facts for Besan Flour/ Gram flour:

Besan flour, or gram flour, may not sound familiar until you hear its third name: chickpea flour. The characteristic nutty flavor from finely ground chickpeas gives besan flour the ability to create tasty, simple breads that stand on their own with few ingredients. It also stands above wheat flour in protein and folate content.


Besan flour is naturally higher in protein than wheat-based flours. One-half cup contains 10 grams of protein, compared to 8 grams in whole-grain wheat flour and just 6 grams in white flour. One-half cup of besan flour has 178 calories and 3 grams of total fat. Even though that’s double the fat of whole-wheat flour, 70 percent of the fat in besan flour comes from healthy unsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol. The same portion has 5 grams of fiber.


One-half cup of besan flour has 201 micrograms of folate, compared to 26 micrograms in whole-wheat flour and 182 micrograms in enriched white flour. If you consumed an entire half-cup of besan flour, you’d get 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate. This important vitamin is critical for the production of proteins and genetic material. In this role, folate is especially important during periods of rapid growth. When taken before and during pregnancy, it helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. The same portion of besan flour is a good source of thiamin and vitamin B-6. Thiamin converts food into energy, while vitamin B-6 is needed for the synthesis of red blood cells and the neurotransmitter serotonin that regulates appetite and mood.


Besan flour delivers a boost of iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Well known for its role carrying oxygen, iron also functions as an antioxidant and it’s needed for the production of collagen. Magnesium causes muscles to relax, which helps maintain vascular health and regulates blood pressure. Phosphorus combines with calcium to form the primary compound used to build bones. It also carries lipids through the body and activates enzymes that produce energy. One-half cup of besan flour has 2 milligrams of iron, 76 milligrams of magnesium and 146 milligrams of phosphorus.


Gluten Free

Besan flour doesn’t contain gluten, so it makes a good substitute for wheat flour in gluten-free diets. Depending on the food you’re making, the bean taste may not create the best result. Try mixing besan flour with white rice flour, making sure that the total amount is the same that’s called for in the recipe. You’ll probably need to adjust the fluids to create the same consistency achieved with wheat flour. If you’re making yeast dough, you’ll need to add about 1 teaspoon of guar or xanthan gum for every 1 cup of flour so that the yeast can rise.


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