Jan 22, 2014

Besan Gojju | Petla

Besan Gojju is a vegetarian chickpea flour based semi gravy. Idly and dosa are made to pair with Besan Gojju accentuates taste. This gojju is a novel way to prepare an instant curry.

The recipe is inspired from Maharashtrian cuisine and I learnt it from my mom. Besan Gojju otherwise also called "petla" in my house.   


4 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds 
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/4 cup Besan ( chickpea flour)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
4 cups of water 
Cilantro for garnish 


  • On a preheated large pot, add oil, mustard seeds , urad dal and fennel seeds. When it starts to crackle , add garlic and onions. Sauté until onions turns transparent 
  • Add tomatoes  and cook for 3 minutes
  • While this is cooking, in a bowl mix besan, turmeric powder and chili powder . Add a cup of water and mix well without any lumps. Return this liquid to the pot and stir frequently. Add water as needed depending upon thickness 
  • Season with salt and simmer for 10 minutes until gravy thickens 
  • Garnish with cilantro; and serve hot with idly or dosa

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