Curries · Main Course

Maharashtrian Special Sweet And Sour Gravy

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This is a Maharashtrian special dish that is loved by all. Its sweet and sour flavour is extremely delicious. The combination of besan, jaggery, tamarind pulp and spices is a perfect tangy combination that is irresistible. It can be enjoyed with rice, roti or chapati.

Besan has more good fat than whole wheat flour. Most of the fat (about 70%) contained in besan are healthy unsaturated fats, which help to lower your cholesterol levels. 100 grams of besan has 5.6 grams of good fat while whole wheat flour has only 1.7 grams.It has more protein than wheat flour. 100 grams of besan has 20 grams of protein, as compared to 12 grams in whole wheat flour.Rich in complex carbohydrates and with a low glycemic index, besan is good for diabetics too. Also it is a good source of fibre which is important for diabetics. Besan is a good source of Magnesium which improves insulin response by lowering insulin resistance. Having very low magnesium will result in the pancreas not secrete enough insulin to control our blood glucose. It is also a good source of minerals like Phosphorus and Magnesium which are required for maintaining strong bones along with Calcium.

Ingredients
For Balls
1 cup besan
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander leaves
1/2 tsp roasted coriander powder
1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp oil
salt to taste

For Gravy 
2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp roasted coriander powder
1/4 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder
1 /2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp tamarind pulp
2 tsp jaggery
salt to taste

Method
1. Mix all the above ingredients of besan balls and add little water to make firm dough.
2. Divide the dough in little balls and keep in to the greased vessel and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
3. Take a deep pan and put oil in it, when the oil becomes hot add mustard seeds when mustard seeds crackle add turmeric powder and 4 to 5 cups of water.
4. When the water starts boiling add chilli powder, salt, roasted coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, tamarind pulp and jaggery.
5. Then add the besan (gram flour) balls and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
6. Add roasted and crushed peanut powder and cook for 5 minutes. Mix well.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chapati, roti or rice. Enjoy!

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