Wish you all Happy Bhogi! While it is not a huge festival in our native. After coming to Bangalore, I learnt Some of my favourite North Karnataka recipes from my previous neighbour aunty, who hails from Solapur near Gulbarga. She used to offer some of her preparations. It starts from simple triangle chapati, obbattu, obbattu Saru, chapparadavarekai palya, chavlikai palya and khara byale Saru, Godhi nucchina Huggi, which she used to offer to God, every Friday evening and she used to distribute as a prasadam to us. Aunty used to prepare Sajje rotti and Bhogi palya, a mixed dry curry, with winter veggies, pulses and greens.
Bhogi Palle or Bhogichi Bhaji is a traditional winter recipe cooked all across Maharashtra and Uttara Karnataka region on the day of “Bhogi” a day before Makara Sankranti. This dish celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables and groundnuts and sesame seeds which provide the much-needed warmth and nourishment to the human body during winters. It contains all the nutrients, vitamins, and healthy fat from seasonal fresh harvest with no other added masala other than the ingredients’ flavour.
Ingredients may differ from family to family. But I like it in this way.
Mix vegetables – 1 bowl ( Potato, Red carrot, regular carrot, beans, brinjal, broad beans, cluster beans etc.)
Mix greens – 1 bowl ( palak, dill, methi, amaranth etc.)
Mix green pulses and nuts – 1 bowl ( lima beans, toor, choli or chana, double beans, groundnuts etc.)
Spring Onion – 1 small bunch
Tomato – 2 to 3 (Round heirloom variety)
Green chillies – 5 to 6 ( chopped)
Ginger – 1inch ( juveniles)
Garlic – 10 – 12 cloves
Turmeric – 1 tsp
Jaggery – ¼ tsp to balance the flavour ( an optional)
Seasoning: Oil, mustard, cumin
Coriander leaves – 1 small cup.
Garam masala – ½ tsp (an optional to garnish)
-Clean everything, keep greens, veggies, pulses separate.
-Chop spring onions, green chillies, crush the garlic. Coriander leaves and keep.
-Take one Kadai, heat oil, splutter mustard, cumin, curry leaves, garlic, ginger, green chillies.
-After frying for a while, add white part of spring onion, then tomato, turmeric, salt, and add jaggery, fry for two minutes. And all the other things from greens to pulses, veggies and give a stir.
Close the lid and cook in a small flame, When it is ready, garnish with chopped coriander leaves. If you wish, add little garam masala and stir well.
Serve with Sajje roti or any other millet roti or regular chapati. I like to have it as it is as well 😀