Ghoogni | Ghugni with matar dal

Ghoogni | Ghugni is a chatpata bengali dish that’s quite popular as a street food. In evenings, maa serves Ghoogni | Ghugni  with a slice of bread at home. Even in some parts of West bengal Ghoogni | Ghugni is best enjoyed with muri  ( puffed rice ).


The Ghoogni | Ghugni recipe that I am going to share here is especially with minimal spices yet it gives a wonderful chatpata flavor to satisfy your small hunger pangs. I have used no extra chat masala out here.

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Total cooking time to prepare Ghoogni | Ghugni: 30 minutes

Ingredients to make Ghoogni | Ghugni:

  • Matar dal ( whole ) – about 3 cups
  • A paste of 1 big onion, 6 – 7 cloves of garlic, 1 inch ginger, 1 big tomato
  • Few finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, turmeric powder, 1 tsp red kashmiri Mirch powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • Refined oil
  • 1 – 2 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice
  • Finely chopped onions for garnishing

Ghoogni | Ghugni recipe with minimal spices:

  • Soak the matar dal overnight in water
  • In a pressure cooker, put matar dal, water, salt, coriander, cumin, chilli powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri Mirch powder. Pressure cook for 7 – 8 whistles
  • In a pan, pour refined oil
  • When the oil is hot, drop a bay leaf
  • Add onion – garlic – ginger – tomato paste and fry till oil starts to separate
  • Switch off the gas and add the same to the pressure cooker and mix well and let it cook for some 5 – 8 minutes, till the desired consistency of the Ghoogni | Ghugni is achieved
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and simmer for a minute or two
  • Switch off gas. Add a dash of lemon juice. Sprinkle some fresh chopped coriander leaves and onions over it and serve in a bowl!

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