Today I am putting up a snack called Besan bhujia or more familiarly Sev ( as in Sev Puri ). If you have seen the noodle-like topping on chat items you know what I am talking about. In addition to chat items I use this to top Rava idlis and Upma as well. Aside from its role as a topping, you can have this with chooped onion, corriander leaves and an optional grated cocounut. Besan atta, its main ingredient is nothing but bengal gram Dal powder. This atta is common and often indispensible ingredient in sweets ( see Besan Ladoo and Burfi), parathas and jhunka.
What you need to have:
1. Besan Atta – 4 cups
2. Green chillies – 8-10
3. Soft Asafoetida – Size of a peanut
4. Cooking oil – 8-10 Teaspoons
5. Salt – To taste
6. Oil to fry – 3-4 cups
Ingredients of Besan Bhujia
What you do with what you have:
1. Sieve Besan atta in the atta siever and keep aside.
2. Wash, chop and grind green chillis in the mixer to a fine consistency adding sufficient quantity of water. Strain the same in the strainer.
Strained ground green chilli juice
3. Dissolve the soft Asafoetida in a little water and mix it with the chilli juice.
4. Transfer the sieved Besan atta to a bowl and add salt, strained green chilli juice from step 3 , add 6-8 teaspoons of fresh cooking oil, required quantity of salt, water and make the dough so as to suit the mould yu have.
5. Place the dough into the mould.
Bhujia dough into the mould
6. Place a skillet with 3-4 cups of fresh cooking oil into it. On heating just press the mould and make bhujia in circular form and fry on both the sides till crispy.
Yummy crispy Bhujia
Store it in air tight containers on cooling. You can enjoy it with Masala Upma also. It can even be relished plain as a snack with tea.
Bhujia with Masala Upma
How long it takes: 30 minutes