Bombay Besan Chutney | Besan Chutney | Chutney Recipes

Tangy, mildly spicy and hot, an easy go-to side dish, Bombay besan chutney
10/28/2018 12:10:03 PM vindhyadesai

BombayBesanChutney

There are times when you have run out of vegetables and you are looking to make a side dish. Something that gets ready quickly and more than just grinding a simple chutney. So imagine making a chutney that has a nice texture that also looks like curry. This Bombay besan chutney is exactly that.
Very simple things go into this chutney and gets ready in a jiffy. Bombay besan chutney is similar to jhunuka or zunka from Marathi and North Karnataka. But it is popular all over South India. It is made as a dish for chapathi or dosa.

Bombay besan chutney is warm when served and it makes one feel really good on a cold winter evening. That is the reason why I would feature this on my comfort foods list. It has a slight tanginess, very mildly spicy and the besan gives thickness and aroma. Sweetness of shallots and tomatoes, simply mouth-watering. When I first started making this, I was not using this as substitute chutney but my go to chutney.
The cute little container I have served besan chutney is from my trip to Spain. The tapas dishes there are, small, cute and very handy and the colours are very attractive. Try more side dishes from FOI, chutneys and gravies and more. Also try more besan recipes from FOI, besan ladoo, chakli, kodubale, paneer besan cheela, ukadpendi, kanda bhaji etc.

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Tangy, mildly spicy and hot, an easy go-to side dish, Bombay besan chutney
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3 people
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp besan/gram flour/kadale hittu
  • ½ Tsp red chilli powder/lal mirch
  • ¼ Tsp turmeric/haldi/arishina
  • 2½ Cups water
  • ½ Tbsp oil
  • ½ Tsp mustard
  • ¼ Tsp jeera
  • 1 slit green chilli
  • 1-2 sliced onion or 4-5 sliced shallots
  • 1 finely chopped tomato
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped Coriander to garnish
Method
  1. Take besan in a small bowl
  2. Add red chilli powder and turmeric
  3. Give the mixture a quick stir and mix all dry ingredients
  4. Now add ½ Cup water and start mixing
  5. Mix into a slurry, small lumps are fine as they will disappear when the mixture cooks. Keep this aside
  6. In a pan, heat oil, add mustard and jeera
  7. When mustard and jeera crackle, add a slit green chilli and fry for a few seconds
  8. Next add sliced onions and saute
  9. When the onions turn soft and translucent, add chopped tomatoes
  10. Saute till the tomatoes become soft and mushy
  11. Pour in the besan liquid mixture
  12. Also add 2 more cups of water and mix well
  13. Add salt to taste
  14. Let it simmer, the mixture starts to thicken
  15. When the mixture is thick and starts to coat the spoon, it is done
  16. Garnish with chopped coriander
  17. Serve with dosa or chapathi as a side dish
Notes
Add a few curry leaves to the tadka, it enhances the taste

Adjust red chilli powder as per your taste, remember a green chilli is also mentioned in the recipe

Sieve the besan if your prefer

Bombay Besan Chutney Stepwise:
Take besan in a small bowl
Add red chilli powder and turmeric
Give the mixture a quick stir and mix all dry ingredients
Now add 1/2 Cup water and start mixing
Mix into a slurry, small lumps are fine as they will disappear when the mixture cooks. Keep this aside
In a pan, heat oil, add mustard and jeera
When mustard and jeera crackle, add a slit green chilli and for a few seconds
Next add sliced onions and saute
When the onions turn soft and translucent, add chopped tomatoes
Saute till the tomatoes become soft and mushy
Pour in the besan liquid mixture
Also add 2 more cups of water and mix well
Add salt to taste
Let it simmer, the mixture starts to thicken
When the mixture is thick and starts to coat the spoon, it is done
Garnish with chopped coriander
Serve with dosa or chapathi as a side dish

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