Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Luchi and Ghugni

Luchi, a deep fried Indian Flat-bread, also known as Poori is another favorite of most Bengalis. I like to make the vegetarian Ghugni (Yellow Peas Curry) with sliced coconut and serve as a side with this deep fried Luchi. From the days of my childhood, whenever I would ask my ma to make me some good food, she would make me Luchi, and I would be delighted. Luchi can also be served with Cholar Dal.

Ingredients: Luchi / Poori
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Warm water
  • Oil to deep fry
Take the Maida in a bowl, add the oil and the salt and mix well. Then knead the  dough by adding warm water slowly till the dough is soft. Keep it covered for around 20 minutes. Make small balls and roll them out in round shapes. Heat oil in a wok for deep frying them. Check the temperature of the oil, drop a pinch of dough and see if that floats up. Now fry the Luchi one by one.

Ingredients : Ghugni (Yellow Peas Curry)
  • 2 cups Yellow Peas
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Bay Leaf 
  • 1 Potato, diced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced Coconut pieces
  • 1 tsp minced Ginger
  • 2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder

Soak the Yellow Peas in water for about 3 hours and pressure cook them (1 whistle) and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan, add the Cumin Seeds and the Bay leaf. Next add the chopped onions and the potatoes, fry them till they become light brown. Add the sliced Coconut, minced Ginger and the chopped Tomatoes. Stir fry them for about 5 minutes.

Add the Turmeric Powder, Roasted Cumin Powder, salt and green chillies. Add little water and cook the gravy till oil separates. When the gravy is prepared add the boiled Yellow Peas and cook for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the Garam Masala and serve hot as a side with Luchi.


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  1. looks great Anu- especially the puffed up puri looks super delicious with the vibrant ghugni

  2. This looks very much fine Anu, loved the texture as well!

  3. So tempting and delicious !! Loved it !

  4. Reminds me chilhood birthday party...looks delicious!!

  5. I din't know poori has a different name as luchi, I'll switch from poori to luchi from now onwards. I love this combination, looks very delish...

  6. Delicious spread, both poori and yellow peas masala looks absolutely marvellous..

  7. I have never tried or tasted luchi. Would love to make this sometime :)

  8. wow...thats tempting n appetizing..

  9. YUMMY !! sprinkle some lime juice .. some raw onion and little cucumber and I can eat the whole bowl...

  10. Nice to learn about this traditional Bengali dish...never tasted it.

  11. Ummm Ami ki breakfast er jonne choley ashe? ;-)
    Flyffy, hot luchis are hard to resist by..specially when you have gugni also. My fav combi

    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. Nice clicks and they look to be a must-try combination... yummy recipe

  13. Yellow peas curry looks very delicious :)

  14. Thanks everyone..
    @Deepa..chole esho.. bhaloi hobe..
    @Kankana.. I like the lime juice etc when I am eating only ghugni, not with Luchi..

  15. Hey, your poori has come out so well. I'd love to mop up your delicious chole with those perfect pooris. All time favorite!

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  19. I didn't know pooris were also called luchis. good to know! yours are so round and poofy :D

  20. Anu, I love yellow peas, and especially with curry sauce. Look so comforting and delicious.
    Thank you, for sharing!

  21. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.
    I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Luchi and ghughni looks delicious and tempting. I feel like having it now.

  22. Very yummy combination. Thanks for sending..

  23. very lovely combination, awesome.... thanks for sharing.


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