Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dahi Phulkian ( Gram Flour Dumplings In Yogurt Sauce )

Dahi Phulkian ( Gram Flour Dumplings In Yogurt Sauce ) ... A refreshing and light summer meal. These are dumplings made of gram flour, topped with yogurt sauce, tempering and a sprinkle of chaat masala. Serve as a side dish or an appetizer.

Dahi Phulkian ( Gram Flour Dumplings In Yogurt Sauce )

Serves : 6 - 8

Ingredients :

For Phulki ( Dumplings ) :

  • 1 cup gram flour ( besan )
  • 1/8 tsp.  baking soda or Sodium Bicarbonate
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp.  red chilli powder
  • Pinch of nigella seeds ( kalonji )
  • 1/2 tsp.  cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp.  caraway seeds ( ajwaiin )
  • 1 tsp.  crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp.  dried pomegranate seeds ( anar dana )
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp.  fresh coriander leaves or mint leaves, chopped
  • Water, as required
  • Oil, for deep frying
For Yogurt Sauce :
  • 750 gm.  plain natural yogurt
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp.  red chili powder
  • Chaat masala, to taste
For Tempering :
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 4 - 5 large garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 - 3 whole dried red chillies, optional
  • Few curry leaves, optional
  • 1 tbsp.  cumin seeds   
Method :

For Phulki ( Dumplings ) :
  • Sift the gram flour in a bowl. Add soda, salt, red chilli powder, nigella seeds, cumin seeds and caraway seeds.
  • Add enough water, a little at a time, to make a medium thickness batter. Whisk thoroughly to remove lumps. The batter should not be very runny or very thick.
  • Add coriander seeds, pomegranate seeds, onion, green chillies and fresh coriander; mix well. Leave aside to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a wok or deep fryer on medium heat.
  • Drop in the batter a tablespoon at a time in oil and fry until golden brown, turn once or twice during frying.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on absorbent kitchen paper.
  • Add hot dumplings to yoghurt sauce, keep aside for 10 - 15 minutes so that dumplings absorb water and become soft.
  • Add tempering and sprinkle chaat masala before serving.
For Yogurt Sauce :
  • Whisk yogurt with 1/2 cup water, salt and red chilli powder to make a smooth paste.
For Tempering :
  • Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add garlic and fry till light golden.
  • Add dried red chillies, curry leaves and cumin seeds. Remove and add to the prepared dish.
Notes :
  • Adjust salt & spices according to taste.
  • If the yogurt sauce becomes too thick, add more water until the desired thickness is reached.

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  1. Oh my god I am almost craving to have a snack now .We usually make urad dal vada and soak in dahi but never had channa dal phulkiyan

  2. Love the yogurt sauce. I think I'm going to try my hand at this tonight! xo

  3. We make this with urad dal fritters..adding besan fritters is new to me! Nice pictures ambreen!

  4. A favourite at my place this looks great :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. OMG! a tempting dish, yummy and delicious.

  6. It looks just wonderful and I really wish I could taste it. I'm pretty sure I'd love it!
    You used some new herbs to me, and I'm curious so I'm going to try to find them here

  7. Thank you Meena, Sangeetha, Anu, Colette, Mahi, Uru, Divya & Winnie :)

  8. Looks yummy! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty Friday on See Vanessa Craft!

  9. Perfectly made curry.. Looks delicious and beautiful presentation..

  10. I love making these for iftar.

  11. Wow, I've never thought to add pomegranate seeds and nigella seeds to phulkiyaan! What an amazing combination!

  12. That looks good, even if I haven't heard of half of it, lol. Thanks for coming by Foodie Friday!

  13. Oh my goodness! This sounds amazing and if it were on a menu I wouldn't hesitate to order it. Wish I was this adventurous in the kitchen I have never deep fried anything. Sort of scares me but might have to make an exception so that I can try this out. Thank you for sharing Pinned it for when I want to take the plunge.

  14. Awesome Ambreen.. Looks soo tempting :-)

  15. Its not heavy as dahi vada n looks so tempting.

  16. Thanks Vanessa, Maha, Sadaf, Henna, Adelina, Felissa, Nilu & Kitchen Queen :)

  17. ¸.•°✿✿⊱彡

    Prato bonito, delicioso e muito leve.
    Ótima semana!

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  19. Wish I could grab them Ambreen.

  20. Luv this, very tempting and droolworthy.

  21. My hubby would love this recipe and even though they are fried, you don't use that much oil. Pinning to make. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

    1. Thank you so much Christie for your sweet comment. I'd love to hear how it turned out :)

  22. Thanks for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Join us at 8:00PM tonight for this weeks party.
    Debi and Charly


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