Monday, July 6, 2015

Chapdi Tavo, a traditional kathiawari dish

Chapdi is nothing but thick fried/baked bhakhri and tavo is a mix vegetable gravy with full of Indian spices.

Ingredients (6 servings
    Wheat flour-2 cup,
    Semolina(suji/rava)-1/4 cup,
    Gram flour-1 tbsp,
    Salt-to taste,
    Warm water-3/4 cup,
    Oil-1/3 cup,
    Carom seeds(ajma)-1/8 tsp.
    Potato-1 medium size,
    Bottle gourd-1 cup (chopped in medium size pieces),
    Carrot-1/3 cup,
    Eggplant-1 medium size,
    Green peas:-1/2 cup,
    Garlic paste-1 tbsp+1/2 tsp,
    Ginger paste- 1 tsp,
    Green chili-2 (finely chopped),
    Onion-1 cup,
    Tomato puree-2 cups,
    Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp,
    Red chili powder-2 tsp,
    Cumin and coriander powder-2 tsp.
    Sugar-2 tsp,
    Garam masala powder-1 tbsp,
    Coriander-1 cup (finely chopped),
Tempering 1:
    Oil-1/4 cup,
    Cinnamon stick-1 small,
    Bay leaf-1,
    Star anise-1,
    Asafoetida (hing)-1/8 tsp.
Tempering 2:
    Oil-2 tbsp,
    Red chili powder(degi/kashmiri chili) powder- 2 tsp,
    water-1/4 cup.

Mix flour,semolina,gram flour,salt,carom seeds and oil well, then sprinkle water enough to form into stiff dough. Divide into 6 equal balls and form a round shape (as i did) and prick them. Fry them in low to medium heat in oil and flip them in between while frying. Take them out in a paper towel.

In a pan, heat oil and add all the tempering items as per Tempering 1,  followed by onion and saute for a minute, add garlic, ginger, green chili paste and pinch of salt. Cook until raw flavor of ginger-garlic reduces and onion becomes translucent. Add tomato puree followed by turmeric, red chili, coriander & cumin powder, salt, and all the vegetables. Stir well. Add 3-4 cups water and cook covered in medium flame until vegetables are done (Keep stirring in between).

Tempering 2:
Mix water and chili powder and set aside. Heat oil in a pan and add prepared mix and cook for a while. Pour cooked mix in tavo followed by garam masala, sugar and 3/4 cup coriander. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Get organic ingredients if accessible.
Add or omit any vegetables of your choice.
Adjust the amount of oil and red chili powder according to your choice.

How to serve
Crush 1 chapdi in a plate & pour hot tavo on it. Mix well.
Enjoy the dish with buttermilk, roasted papad, lemon slice and any salad of your choice.