Friday, 2 March 2007

Weekend Lunch Series: Gota Bhajiyas

Second in the series of weekend lunches, I have a recipe for Gota Bhajiyas and Besan ni Chutney....authentic gujarati food,perfect for a weekend.

Gotas are synonymous with rain, thunderstorms and snowstorms in my home...each time it rains or snows heavily, K asks me to make a round of Gota be served with his favorite, Besan Ni Chutney, and Coconut-Chili chutney for me!

Here is my recipe for these perfect treats:

  • 2 cups Besan flour,
  • 1- tsp Methi (fenugreek) powder,you can also add fresh Methi leaves if you like.
  • 3 tbsp Rawa Flour (semolina)
  • 2 tbsp- Coriander seeds, crushed roughly
  • 1/2 tsp- baking soda
  • 1 tsp- black pepper
  • 1/2 cup- yogurt
  • 1- Medium red onion, chopped
  • handful of coriander leaves- chopped
  • 1-2, chopped jalapeños, to your taste
  • salt, sugar to taste
  • oil - for frying, 2-tbsp hot oil to be added to the gota mixture
Mix all the ingredients in the besan flour, starting first with 2 tbsp of hot oil, then the rest of the ingredients to make a thick batter. Let this sit for at least 10-15 minutes. When ready, heat some oil in a frying pan, add the gota batter in small rounds and fry until golden brown on medium heat to ensure that the insides get cooked thoroughly. Drain on paper towels.

To make the Besan chutney:
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Besan flour or more, depending on how thick you want this chutney to be
  • few curry leaves, 1 medium jalapeño
  • mustard seeds, asafoetida and 1 tsp oil for the tempering,
  • salt, sugar to taste
Mix the yogurt with the besan by adding a little water to form a thick chutney like consistency.
Heat oil in a saucepan, add the mustard seeds, chopped jalapeño and the curry leaves. When they start to sizzle, add the asafoetida. Now add the besan-yogurt mixture slowly. Keep stirring to avoid any lumps. Add the rest of the seasonings, and check for taste. This chutney should be semi sweet and tangy. Heat until it all comes together.

Serve the Gotas hot with this or any other chutney, few onion slivers on the side and of course, the customary cup of tea! I love tea with such treats....!
Enjoy while watching the rain, sun or snow...whatever your weather!

I am also going to be hosting the popular Weekend Breakfast Blogging series in the Month of June. WBB is the brainchild of the very talented Nandita of Saffron Trail. My theme for June's WBB will be "Spice It Up!",
more details coming soon.

Don't forget to send your entries for the "Spring Fling 2007- Family/Friends in the Kitchen Event" to win some very cool Prizes! I am thinking about extending the deadline for this event, to give everyone a break from the events that have been going on....more details coming soon!

Upcoming Post Preview: Acorn Squash-Potato Kofta in a creamy tomato-garlic sauce.


Vini K said...

Hi Trupti,just went thru the LCITK round up.I really admire you!Having two kids and still doing all of this work is really great.I would never ne able to do that!Ofcourse,your little chefs must be great help to you too!

Congrts on getting to host WBB.will look forward to it.:)

gota bhajiyas look delicious.and yogurt chutney!Hmmm my fav.:)

Sangeeta said...

Hi Trupti,

Yummy. It is raining here and my hubby has been making not so subtle hints about making these gotas with the chutney :) Definitely going to make it today. Thanks for this yummylicious recipe :)

Pravs said...

Hi Trupti,thank you for coming by.I see a lot of mouth water recipes in your blog.... makes me want to come here often.

Deepa Hari said...

Hi Trupti,

ur bhajiyas luks yummy with the chutney...will try it...

Mishmash ! said...

hmm..perfect winter snack with garam garam chai :)


Sandeepa said...

The Gotas look so delicious, almost like pakodis but the methi is different, and I have never added Rawa flour before so that is new too
Its raining here today and I so want to make this

Manasi said...

Oooh yummy gota bhjiyas!! I like the yogurt chutney.. had never heard abt it! thanx, will try soon!!
Fried food, HOT chai and rains go well!!! Perfect recipe for a chily evening! THanx!!

Sia's corner said...

my aunt gave me gota bhajias recipe trupti and i tries it sometime back and love it:) love eating them with stong coffee when its raining outside:)

Asha said...

Gota bhajias are delicious looking and those chutneys are to die for.Thanks T! I am loving this Gujju series!I will make it this weekend.Yummy.
Looking forward to WBB ,baking is not exactly thrilling for me but making any breakfast is great.
I will try to send for Family event,hope I can make it but little chef is ready!:)

Richa said...

Hi Trupti, I've always liked the besan chuney, and now Thanks to you I'll be able to make it at home. BTW I tried your Ringan-bataka shaak & got just the taste I was looking for - Yummy! Hope to get much more Gujju variety from you.
Keep Smiling!

Jyothsna said...

Ah, very my kinda food! Besan chutney is new to me! Will try this one soon!

Seema said...

I have seen the ready to make packets of gota bhajiyas and have often wondered how they look like and how they taste. Never had a chance to taste it so far. Loved your recipe. Will make it sometime and taste and let you know.

Priya said...
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Priya said...

You said it looks purrfect for a rainy day. I've never tasted the besan chutney..looks like a grat combo..probably a drizzle of khatta-meeta chutney too. Will try your combo this weekend.

swapna said...

Hi Trupti
gota bajjis are looking great!!!looking forward thru the WBB event!!!!

bee ( said...

can we bake these?

jacob said...

nice! the family that i used to stay with in vadodara during my pg years would make these and your post brings all those lovely memories back. thanks.

Vcuisine said...

Very nice Trupti. Something totally new for us. Nice presentation. And thanks for the events info also. Will sure participate. Viji

Linda said...

Trupti, didn't I hear you mention you have some little ones there at home? When do you get the time to make all these delicious snacks and host all these fantastic events!!?? ;)

Glad I didn't see this earlier today while it was pouring rain or I would have had to try right away... looks grand :)

Sushma said...

Gota Bhajiyas look eagerly waiting for rain here in Los Angeles and I am to your website :-)

Jaya said...

dear Trupti,
lovely Gota, is it very much similar like gatte in rajasthani dishes..
its alovely snack with garam chai..
wishing you happy holi ,enjoy...
hugs and smiles

Paddukoti said...

sorry long time since i visited u'r blog!! so many recipes to catch up!!!!
today is so grey and gloomy here in uk so i guess u'r snack will be our winter warmer today
thank u for sharing

Mallugirl said...

oooh.. i didn't know u had two kids!! yummy looking treats , just perfect for the rain here.

archana said...

Hi Trupti,
These bhajji's and besan chutney looking very delicious.Infact the besan chutney is totally new for me :)Feel like having them right now :)
I have posted the tandoor pictures in my blog !!

Sumitha said...

Trupti yummy looking bajjias,i have a methi powder kasuri methi?how thick should the batter be,should it be made into balls by hand and then dropped into oil or can we drop it using a spoon?

Lera said...

Trupti,Gota Bhajiyas are yummmmmmy! wish I could get to taste:) The round up is a great visual treat,great entries ! .


My wife is down for since month because of slip disk (in between I am surviving on Maggie Two minutes noodles , I amke it myself) and we have appointed a gujarati cook from Monday and I am going to ask him to cook gujju dishes mentioned on your blog.

USHA said...

Hi Trupti,

Gota Bhajiyas looks yummy!!!!Doing a great job....

Sandeepa said...

Hi Trupti
Made the Gota Bhajiyas today, were so good, that were gone before I could get the camera :)
So I don't have a pic, but have a great recipe. Thank you :)

Vanishree said...

Hi Trupti,
Just now visited your blog. It is very creative. Learned lots of things from here. Will try to implement in my blog. Do visit my blog "" and give your valuable suggestions in how to improve it. Bye : )

Anonymous said...

Great gotas ben...i love em with fresh methi..great really hot with chai...hmmmm...i can smell them from here....thanks for sharing

Lakshmik said...

Hi Trupti

Recently one of my friends told me about the Gota ready made mix. I was concerned about the level of sodium in it. Thanks to your recipe I will make it at home now from scratch:)

musical said...

Fun post :).

Mom used to make them often, and i have continued that ;).. I add some ginger, green chillies and cilantro. and yes, i love coconut-mirchi chutney too :). sometimes i get naughty and to give gotas a Punju touch i add anardana and dhaniya seeds (whch are so common in Punjabi pakora recipes).

Nandita said...

Im trying your muthias with besan chutney for dinner girl! I make tarla dalal style jowar muthias, trying with wheat flour today...
small correction, it's weekend breakfast blogging (not limited to baking alone ) LOL -

Will let you know how it turns out!

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