The ingredients are :-
– 1) ½ kg whole wheat flour (atta),
– 2) 1 tablespoon chana dal, coarsely powdered,
– 3) 1 medium size potato or 1 cup green peas,
– 4) 1 medium size onion, finely chopped or grated,
– 5) 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste,
– 6) 1 tablespoon Red chili powder, (more or less, as per choice),
– 7) 2 bay leaves,
– 8) 2 teaspoon garam masala,
– 9) 2 tablespoon oil,
– 10) 1 teaspoon turmeric powder,
– 11) Salt to taste,
– 12) 2 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped.
To proceed :-
- – 1) Add some oil and salt to wheat flour and need a soft dough, keep aside for 15 minutes.
- – 2) Knead it well again and take it in deep bowl. Add water till it sinks and mash the dough in water. Remove and reserve the water in another bowl.
- – 3) Repeat the process of breaking and washing the dough, till the water runs clear. (5 to 6 times.)
- – 4) Now you would have left with pure gluten, which would be about 25 % in volume, of the original dough. This would feel like rubber.
- – 5) Mix the chana dal powder to this gluten. This may be little tricky as the gluten would be sticky.
- – 6) Pressure cook this gluten for 5 minutes and let it cool completely.
- – 7) Cut it into bite size cubes and shallow fry them in oil, till golden brown.
- – 8) Heat some oil in pressure cooker and add bay leaves and turmeric. Add onion, ginger garlic paste, red chili powder, garam masala and fry for a minute. Add two cups of water. Add potato or peas, fried gluten and close the lid. Pressure cook for 5 minutes.
- – 9) When the pressure drops, open the cooker and add chopped coriander.
- – 10) Enjoy with Roti or Rice.
Those pieces taste almost like mutton (boneless, of course). The spices I have used are just one version. After frying the gluten pieces, you can make any type of curry, of your choice.
The reserved water can be used to add to this curry. If that water is kept still for few hours, the starch will settle at the bottom. The water can be poured off by tilting the bowl. The starch can be used in various ways like, thickening of soups and curries, or making kheer etc.