Oh yes...I am terribly missing my mom. When festivals come closer, preparations begin, family is what we need around. We have seen our mom cook and clean and celebrate each festival so well that we would want to do the way she did it: always right!!
I haven't started preparing snack and sweets for Diwali yet, but will be working on that soon. I have also volunteered to cook for our temple Annkut, for which I am super excited. Annakut means a mountain of food which is offered to Lord Krishna as Thanksgiving. Will make few sweets and snacks to take them to the temple as my part for Thanking God for everything.
Fansi are green beans in Gujarati. And, this is my mom's signature dish. Whenever I go to India for a vacation, mummy makes this delicious snack on the last day of my trip. Yes, it is my farewell treat, and I have been missing this since past few years.
Ghughra in Gujarati means a rattle. They come in various shapes and sizes and stuffed with delicious stuffing. Sweet dry fruit and nut Ghughras are very popular during Diwali. In fact, they are compulsory during Diwali Annakut. I will be posting sweet Ghughra recipe too. Fansi na Ghurghra are delicious appetizers and great substitute of regular samosas. Instead of fani.beans. you could use green peas for stuffing.
Here is the recipe for 12 large bean stuffed Ghughras
2 cups of chopped beans.
Heat a tsp. of oil. Add 1 tsp. cumin seeds. Add chopped green beans. Add 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp. turmeric. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
Beans should be just cooked. You need not over cook them or make it mushy. Uncover and let the moisture evaporate. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
Add 1 tsp. red chilli powder. 1+1/2 tsp. coriander powder and 1+1/2 tsp. garam masala powder.
Add handful of nuts and raisins (optional)
Squeeze fresh lime and mix well.
Add 3/4 cup of grated coconut (Fresh or Frozen)
Add 1 tsp. cumin seeds and handful of freshly chopped cilantro.
Mix the ingredients well and set the mixture aside for 10-15 minutes. Taste for salt, spice and lime. Add if needed.
To make the dough.
2 cups of all purpose flour or maida. (You could also use whole wheat flour instead)
Add 1 tsp. ajwain/carrom seeds and 1 tsp. jeera/cumin seeds (both are optional)
Mix 2 tbsp. ghee and using around 3/4 cup of water, make a stiff dough. Knead the dough well.
Cover and keep it aside for 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 equal parts.
You can decide the size of the ghughra. You could divide the dough into 24 parts too to make small ghughras.
Roll each ball into 4 inch disc.
Add around 1+1/2 tbsp. mixture in it. Bring the edges together and press the dough tight.
Here is my video to show how to stuff the ghughra.
Ripples or fancy design gives ghughra it typical shape. It is the traditional art to seal the filling in.
Here is my video to show how to make beautiful design on Ghughras.
Fry on low to medium heat till they turn golden brown. To make they really crisp, fry on low heat for long time.
Here is creating a different shape of Ghughra.
Roll and fold like regular ghughra and then bring the tips together and fuse the dough.
Serve as is with chutney
How about some Ghughra Chaat? Break into pieces and garnish with yogurt and chutnies.
Ghughras...you don't want to miss these!