Have you found yourself in a situation where there aren’t enough vegetables to prepare a complete meal? Or you don’t have much time to cook on certain days because of other commitment and priorities? Simple and quick recipes are an absolute boon for times like these. An easy recipe needs just the basic aromatics, spices and something that’s can be used as a star ingredient; it could be anything, a vegetable, meat or a snack. Yes, you can make a delicious curry using a snack item too, which is exactly what I did – Bhavnagari sev bhaji.
Sev is a fried snack item that is made from besan or chickpea flour. There is a huge variety of sev depending on the place of origin, the different flours used alongside the chickpea flour, different spices, color, thickness, texture, etc. Gathiya or bhavnagari sev is a melt in mouth snack with a very distinct taste and texture.You can easily find it at the sweet shops in your neighborhood. Sev bhaji is a much-loved curry and I have already shared a typical, Maharashtrian Style Sev bhaji recipe that uses spicy red sev. You can check out that recipe here. Today I am sharing an easy recipe which calls for bhavnagari sev, which if you look at it, doesn’t belong to a particular regional cuisine. The Gujarati folks do make bhavnagari sev bhaji that goes by the name gathiya sabzi or ganthia nu shaak, but they use tomatoes, jaggery and many other ingredients. This one was born out of sheer reluctance to cook a lavish lunch on a weekend afternoon so it’s pretty simple.
Bhavnagari Sev Bhaji – An Ideal Lunch-Box Recipe for Grownups as well as Kids
Since the bhavnagari sev bhaji tastes so good even after it cools down, it is a perfect recipe for lunchbox. The sev stay soft and have absorbed all the flavors really well by then. Besides, mornings are usually very hectic. You need an easy recipe that you can make in under 10 minutes as your kids get ready to leave for school.
So let’s see how to make this super easy recipe of bhavnagari sev bhaji.
How to Make Bhavnagari Sev Bhaji
- Bhavnagari sev / Gathiya – 1 & ¼ cups
- Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
- Green chilies – 1 or to taste, finely chopped
- Curry leaves – 10, small
- Cilantro / Coriander leaves – for garnish
- Cumin seeds – ¾ tsp
- Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Water – ½ cup
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Heat the oil in a pot or skillet. Add the cumin seeds and once they sizzle, add the asafetida.
- Toss in the green chilies and curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.
- Add the onion and sauté it till it softens and turns pink.
- Add the turmeric and sauté for a couple of seconds.
- Pour in the water and season the curry with salt. Bring it to a boil.
- Add the bhavnagari sev / gathiya and mix with a light hand.
- Once the sev gets heated through, garnish the curry with cilantro and turn the heat off.
- Bhavnagari sev bhaji is ready. Serve hot with rotis or phulkas. Enjoy!
Bhavnagari Sev Bhaji Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below
To prepare the ingredients for bhavnagari sev bhaji, finely chop the 1 large onion, 1 green chili, and some cilantro for garnish. Lay out 10 small curry leaves, ¾ tsp cumin seeds, ¼ tsp asafetida, ½ tsp turmeric powder, some salt to taste. You will need 1 & 1/4 cups of bhavnagari sev/gathiya, and ½ cup water.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pot or skillet. Add the cumin seeds and once they sizzle, add the asafetida.
Toss in the green chilies and curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.
Add the onion and sauté it till it softens and turns pink.
Add the turmeric and sauté for a couple of seconds.
Pour in the water and season the curry with salt. Bring it to a boil.
Add the bhavnagari sev / gathiya and mix with a light hand.
Once the sev gets heated through, garnish the curry with cilantro and turn the heat off.
Bhavnagari Sev Bhaji is ready. Serve hot with rotis or phulkas. Enjoy!