How to make Chakvatachi Bhaji -

Green Leafy vegetable cooked with chana dal.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Chakvat (चकवट), Split Bengal Gram

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Chakvatachi Bhaji

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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chakvatachi Bhaji Recipe

  • Chakvat 1 bunch

  • Split Bengal Gram 4

  • Fresh coriander leaves a few

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1/4 cup

  • Peanuts 1/4 cup

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Sugar a pinch

  • Salt to taste

  • Gram flour (besan) 3 tablespoons

  • Buttermilk 1/2 cup

Method

Step 1

Clean, wash and shred chakvat finely. Remove stems, wash and chop green chillies finely. Clean, wash and chop coriander leaves finely. Wash and soak chana dal in half a cup of water for an hour. Drain. Roast peanuts and then crush roughly.

Step 2

Heat oil, add cumin seeds, when slightly brown, add asafoetida, green chillies and chakvat. Stir for a while.

Step 3

Add chana dal, sugar and salt. Mix well and cook till chana dal is soft but firm.

Step 4

Mix besan and buttermilk till smooth and then add this to the pan. Further cook for five to six minutes stirring well.

Step 5

Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

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