The Very Delicious Bihari Chakka Bhaji!

From our childhood we have seen this dish cooked in community kitchen. All Bihari women keeps fast of 30 hrs for their children, the festival is known as ” jeetiya”. After 24 hrs of the fast at midnight all the women starts cutting vegetables and its an eloborate affair as it takes 4-5 hrs altogether to cook this 25 kgs of sabzi for 51 households. Its a prasaad to be taken with puris in the morning breaking their fast. It was our sheer delight to see all the buas , maasis, chachis, tais working and singing together and cutting the vegetables and cooking it later as a family. Next morning we children demand holiday from school as we were watching them preparing the food..
This prasaad tastes awesome. Try it. Here is how to make!!

BIHARI CHAKKA BHAJI

PREP TIME : TOTAL TIME: 30 mins
Recipe type: Vegetarian Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 300 gm of each potato,pumpkin, parwal, brinjal cut into cubes, red spinach leaves finely chopped
  • Kala Chana soaked overnight. – 1 cup
  • Ginger finely chopped – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin powder – 2 tbsp
  • Chilly powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1tsp
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Dry red chilly – 2
  • Pachforan( mix of methi, mustard, black cumin, ajwain, saunf) – 1 tsp
  • Refined oil/mustard oil – ¼ cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadahi.
  2. Put pachforan, bay leaves and dry red chillies into it.
  3. Add potato and fry it for 2 min. Then add chana into it.
  4. Fry for another 2 min.
  5. Add brinjal into it. Fry till water absorbs.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in separate kadahi. Put sugar and ginger and fry for 2 min.
  7. Add parwal and pumpkin into it and fry till brown.
  8. Now add this to the previous kadahi.
  9. Now roast the spices on the tawa lightly except turmeric.
  10. Add this to the browned vegetables.
  11. Add turmeric, salt and the red spinach leaves.
  12. Now mix all the vegetables together.
  13. Cover it for 15 min. or till all the water absorbed.
  14. No need to add water as red spinach leaves plenty of water.
  15. Now place it in a nice bowl and serve with hot puris/rice.
    Article by Anjali Yadav.

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