Cook's Hideout: Ghugni (Bengali Street food with Dried Peas)

April 08, 2016

Ghugni (Bengali Street food with Dried Peas)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 1: Bengali Cuisine
Day 7: G for Ghugni
Today I have a very popular street food from Bengal, called Ghugni. It is also quite popular in Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa too. I've made the Jharkhand version for one of the earlier mega marathons. There it is served with dhuska or a lentil based flatbread.
Bengali Street food with Dried Peas
Bengali version is almost similar to that of Jharkhand except it's made with white peas instead of black chickpeas. Read Sandeepa's post to learn more about Ghugni and how it is an integral part of Bengali food. It is like Chole to the North Indians.
I loved cooking and eating this ghugni. My husband was traveling when I made this, so I ate it all by myself -- it was my lunch & dinner for 2 days and I didn't mind eating the same dish one bit.
Bengali Street food with Dried Peas
I cooked the soaked dried peas in open pot because I didn't want to overcook them in the pressure cooker. But if you are confident that your pressure cooked peas will not get too mushy, then go ahead and use it -- it will surely save you some time.
Bengali Street food with Dried Peas
If you like chaats and spicy food, then this dish is definitely for you. Served up with chopped onion, green chilies and a boiled egg (which is optional, but I totally loved it), this is a delicious and filling dish that is going to be a sure shot hit with anyone.

Recipe from Sandeepa's Bongmom Cookbook:

    For the Peas:
  • 1cup Dried White Peas/ White Vatana
  • 1" Ginger piece, finely grated
  • ¼tsp Turmeric
  • ½tsp Kashmiri red Chili powder
  • 3~4 Green Chilies
  • 1 Medium Potato, peeled and diced
  • For the Bhaja Masala:
  • 1tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 2~3 Dry red chilies
  • For Ghugni:
  • 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2tbsp Mustard oil
  • 1tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½tsp Aamchoor or 1tsp tamarind paste
  • To Taste Salt
  • For the Toppings:
  • 1 Small Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 1~2 Green Chilies, finely chopped
  • 1~2tbsp Lemon juice
  • As needed Boiled eggs (optional)
  1. Prep the Peas: Soak the dried white peas overnight. Drain the water and rinse well.
  2. Make the Bhaja Masala: Dry roast cumin, coriander seeds and dry red chilies until fragrant. Cool and grind the spices into a fine powder.
  3. Boil the peas: Combine soaked peas, potato, turmeric, Kashmiri red chili powder, ½tsp Bhaja masala, grated ginger and green chilies in a heavy bottom sauce pan or the pressure cooker. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20~25 minutes or until the peas and potato are tender, but not mushy. Alternately pressure cook for 3~4 whistles. Set aside. Do not discard the cooking liquid.
  4. To make Ghugni: In a pan, heat 2tbsp mustard oil, add the cumin seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onion and cook till they turn lightly browned around the edges. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Next add the chopped tomatoes, 1tsp Bhaja masala and salt; cook till the tomatoes get mushy and the oil starts to separate around the edges.
  6. Next add the boiled peas and potatoes along with aamchoor or tamarind paste and ½cup of cooking liquid. Simmer for 10~15 minutes or until the peas are completely tender and soft. Add more cooking liquid if the ghugni gets too thick.
  7. Taste and adjust the spices and seasoning as needed. By the time the ghugni is done cooking, it should have a thick consistency.
  8. To Serve: Spoon ghugni into serving bowl and top with finely chopped onion, green chilies, squeeze of lemon and an optional egg. Enjoy!!
Bengali Street food with Dried Peas

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  1. Such a beautiful dish Pavani. I completely loved the recipe and the pictures! Made me drool all over your ghugni!

  2. Top down shot, the second one is amazing and is calling to grab the bowl. one of my neighbors use to make chaat with vatana and use to taste amazing. I am I would love ghungi.

  3. Street food brought alive !! Great choice

  4. Such a delicious snack you got there always you got us drooling over your pictures...

  5. I also chose it to make for the alphabet but later on found out that it was already on my space.I am drooling over the pics.So tempting and even I won't mind eating it for two days :)

  6. Love the setup.. Amazing recipe. Between where did you get the serveware from?

  7. Once again wonderful presentation. Love all your props. Ghugni is so flavorful and looks wonderful!

  8. Ghugni looks delicious Pavani. Your hard work cooking the peas in an open pot paid off, they look perfect. Bookmarked the recipe:)

  9. Wat an irresistible ghugni, makes me hungry and that last click is torturing me.

  10. That is one filling and tasty bowl of gughni. Your pictures speak a lot..

  11. beautifully prepare Ghughni...the version is different from what I made, but I will definitely try this version...beautiful presentation.

  12. I'm bookmarking this, will definitely try it sometime!

  13. Very tempting setup there. Love those earthenware pots.

  14. A beautiful dish presented in such a gorgeous background.

  15. wow that was a fantastic setting and beautiful pictures. ghugni look so tempting..

  16. what a filling meal with the egg - so good

  17. I have tasted this a couple of times but never made it at home. Your clicks are absolutely tempting and I can hear them calling out to be picked...

  18. Your clicks are awesome... This is a very filling dish...

  19. I made this for our Indian food odyssey, looks yummmm and the clicks make us drool more!!!

  20. Wow!!!!!such a lovely presentation. Looks so inviting


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