Gatte ki sabzi is a lip-smacking, traditional Rajasthani dish. Gatte are steamed gram flour dumplings cooked in a spicy yogurt and gram flour gravy. In this recipe, the gatte (dumplings) are very soft as only fresh cream and yogurt is used to make the gram flour dough. Adding water makes them a little hard.
I am from Jaipur and have fond memories of smearing all my fingers while trying to scoop the gatte curry with roti :-). If you ever visit Jaipur or any other city in Rajasthan, you must try the authentic Gatte ki sabzi.
Sabzi is the generic hindi word for a vegetable dish. There isn’t really any “vegetable” in this sabzi except for some tomatoes. But that also explains the origins of the dish in Rajasthan. Being a desert state, local fresh vegetables were rare and so Rajasthani cuisine developed a lot of dish that used grains and dals and other non-perishables like this papad ki sabzi.
One of the pleasures of having flown the nest is that when you come back during holidays, mom is in full pampering mode! You just have to wish for a dish and it will auto-magically get cooked! 🙂
So I wished for gatte ki sabzi.
The sabzi could have easily cooked in the background while I did whatever I do at my parent’s home, but this time I wanted to learn my mother’s gatte ki sabzi recipe. I am planning a big Diwali dinner when I get back to Bucharest and I really want to include traditional Rajasthani dishes as we are the only ones from Rajasthan in the Indian community there.
After so many years, I was back in the kitchen with my mom teaching me, exactly like 13 years ago when I had just started to learn cooking. I am still a stickler for exact measurements and she still adds ingredients “to taste” and “by estimate”. It was almost like the days when I would pester her “exactly how many tsps of salt?” and she would just smile and add a little salt, just like that! 🙂
Learning never stops and never from your first teacher! So this is recipe from my first teacher — of everything — my first word, my first step, my first dish. Don’t get surprised by the long list of ingredients. They are mainly spices. Just keep your spice box handy and you will see the recipe is very simple to follow.
Hope you like this authentic Rajasthani Gatte ki sabzi recipe. Please do take a moment to rate the recipe below and/or leave your comments after the post. It will really encourage me.
Rajasthani Gatte ki sabzi
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
for the gatte (gram flour dumplings)
- 1 cup gram flour (besan)
- A pinch of soda bi carbonate (meetha soda)
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp fennel seeds powder
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp ginger paste
- ½ tsp green chilli paste
- 3 tsp fresh cream
- 2-3 tbsp yogurt
for the gravy
- 1 cup yogurt
- 2 tsp gram flour
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ginger paste
- ½ tsp green chilli paste
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 8-10 fresh curry leaves
- 3-4 cloves
- 2 black cardamoms
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 3 tbsp oil
- 3-4 sprigs fresh coriander leaves
For making gatte
- Mix together all ingredients to get a soft dough like a chappati dough.
- Add more yogurt if required to get a soft dough. Do not add any water. Water makes the gatte hard.
- Rub some oil on your palms. Divide the dough into equal parts and roll them into 1” thick cylinders, about 3”-4” long each.
- In a microwave of cooktop steamer, steam the gatte for 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from heat and carefully open the steamer. Cut and check one of the gram flour cylinders. If it cuts easily, means they are steamed through. Once cooled, cut them into rounds of ½“ thickness. Keep aside.
For the curry
- In a bowl, whisk together yogurt, gram flour, turmeric, red chilli powder, salt, ginger paste and chilli paste.
- Add 1 cup water. Mix well and sieve through a big strainer to ensure there are no lumps.
- Heat oil in a kadhai/wok. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, curry leaves, cloves and black cardamom. Sauté for a minute.
- Add the yogurt mixture and stir continuously till there is a boil.
- Add the tomato purée (should be very smooth), mix well and again bring to boil. Reduce heat to low.
- Add the steamed gatte, cover and let the gravy simmer for 5 mins. Add more water if the gravy is very thick.
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or rice.
- This is a no onion-no garlic Gatta curry recipe, but you can also add onion and garlic paste while making the gravy.
- A tasty variation to this traditional besan ke gatte is paneer gatte. Just add ½ cup grated fresh paneer to the gram flour mixture to make the gatta dough.
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I’d never heard of gatte ki sabzi before, but this looks and sounds amazing – I’m going to have to add this to my list!
This is a very traditional Indian recipe and you should definitely give it a try! If you don’t want to cook it then do give it a try at one of the Indian restaurants in your region 🙂
I am sure you will love it!
lots of love,
aish das padihari
I have not tasted this dish yet and it look very yum. Gotta give it a try soon
This is a very special recipe from the desert state Rajasthan in India. Definitely give it a try and let me know if you have any questions.
dixya @food, pleasure, and health
i have never heard of this recipe but it does sound really comforting and delicious!
It is a very traditional recipe from India but all the ingredients are easily available at most places now. It really is delicious and you should definitely try it if you want some Indian which is different from the regular tikka masalas and curries.
Those sound delicious! I am from Panama and I found it hard to make tamales here with no easy to find steamers in the USA. My husband poked some holes in a couple throw-away aluminum pie pans for my tamales recipe and it works great!
You drop the tins in a large pasta pot with a little water and steam away! I need to try your recipe and steaming some gatte now!
wow! That really is an awesome DIY steamer! 🙂
Since we move countries every two years and we reach before our shipment, I have to manage with a very basic setup for almost 2-3 months while we wait for the shipment to arrive and that is when we get the most creative! I truly believe less is more! These days there are gadgets for everything while most cooking tasks can be done by normal kitchen tools!
Thank you so much for your share and rating!
This looks very tasty
Oh my I love Gatte ki sabzi and you are right I only ever ate it once in Jaipur when I visited there. They told me had to try this and the dalh so I did and I loved it. This looks awesome.
You need to try it again! It is the best dish from Rajasthan (I think Dal-bati can also compete equally!). But gatte ki sabzi is easy to make at home and so delicious 🙂
Thank you so much for your feedback and rating!
Dominique | Perchance to Cook
This looks so incredibly flavorful! I’ve never tried this dish, but now I want to. YUM
It is very flavourful.. The gram flour dumplings and the yogurt gravy both are cooked in aromatic spices. I feel this dish is like a celebration of Indian cooking 🙂
Really soul warming dish. The amount of spices never scared me from trying new delicious recipes! It looks fantastic !
Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
This looks really delicious. My parents are from Trinidad, and I grew up eating curry on a regular basis. I’m going to have to give this a try
I like the chickpea (gram) flour dumplings! I need to try that – I’m looking for more ways to use that flour.
I love dumplings in just about any form and with these flavors I know I’ll love this.
well it looks great.I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for this wonderful dish.
Thank you Swati! 🙂
Hi, I tried this today and it turned out to be really nice . I have tried many more recipes from your blog. They are quick and easy and the process is very well explained.
Thank you, Abha!!
I am so glad to read your message! So happy that you’ve found the recipes helpful and easy to follow. This really encourages me to keep trying new recipes and share more 🙂
Heard of this just ordered from a lady homemade loved it Now I will try it
Glad to know! Thanks for sharing