Gatte ki subjee traditional rajasthani savory

Main Dish
4 servings
10 min
40 min
GATTE ki subjee or GATTE ka saag is one such mouth watering, very famous marwari dish, which can be savored with any Rice preparation or chapattis/ parathas/ pooris. Without this, the rajasthani thali is incomplete which is a treat not to miss. For this, you don’t need any green/fresh vegetables and that’s the specialty. You can prepare it when you missed shopping for fresh, green vegetables for any reason. You just need some besan/ gram flour, basic ingredients of an Indian gravy and some curd with som


Number of serving: 4

For the dough to prepare GATTE:

150 gms besan / chickpea flour/ gram flour

2 tsp. ajwain/carom seeds

salt to taste

2 tsp. oil for kneading dough + more for frying

1 tsp. each of jeera powder + coriander powder +amchoor(dry mango powder) + 1/2 tsp. haldi/turmeric powder

2 pinch hing / asafoetida (or as per your taste)

water to knead dough

For the gravy:

2 medium onion

4-5 garlic pods

2 green chilies

1 tsp. red chili powder – hot variety

1 tsp. deghi mirch – to bring in a deep color.

2 ripe medium tomatoes

1/2 cup sour curd, well beaten (fresh curd is okay)

salt to taste

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. coriander powder

1 tsp. kitchen king (I usually omit garam masala and use this)

Coriander leaves for garnish.

2 tbsp. oil


  • Pour the besan in a bowl. Add all the dry masalas for dough in it. Mix well.
    Now add 1 tsp. oil and mix. Once the besan takes some texture rather than powder, add very little water and mix until a dough is prepared.
    Plz be careful that extra water can spoil the dough, dough has to be a little hard and non crumbly. Even to this day, I also fail at times to prepare a good dough in 1 shot and end up mixing some more besan.
    Rest the dough covered for 10 mins.
  • Prepare onion-garlic-chilies paste separately and tomatoes paste separately.
    Keep water for boiling in a thick bottom pan/kadhai.
    Now take the dough, make small balls. Roll out each ball in to cylinders. Each around 4-5 inch long and 10 cm in dia. These measurements are just approximation and you can refer to the pics for the size.
    When the water is just about to boil, put these cylinders in the water, not overlapping each other and cook covered in low-medium heat for 10-12 mins. The besan should be cooked from inside. The cylinders will automatically come up and float once done. To check more precisely, cut a cylinder in two parts and check the inner portion. If not cooked, again keep in hot water for a min or so.
  • Now bring out the cylinders, cool then and pat them dry with a clean cotton cloth.
    You may see small blisters on the cylinders, which is alright.
    Cut the cylinders in to roundels of 1/2 inch sizes as shown in the pics. These are the GATTE, ready to be used in kadhi or pulav or in subjee
  • Now heat oil in a non-stick pan and lightly fry them for a min & gently not to break them. This will further cook the besan if uncooked properly. This is an optional step, but enhances the flavor of gatta.
    Now, heat oil in a pan and splutter jeera-rai.
    Add onion paste and cook until golden brown
  • Now, add tomato paste, turmeric, salt, both red chili powders, kitchen king and coriander powder. Cook until oil separates.
    Now beat curd, add very little oil in it and mix. This will avoid the curdling in the gravy.
  • Add this curd to the gravy and mix well. Cook covered for 1-2 min.
    Now add water and gatte and mix well gently.
    Simmer for 5 mins until the gravy thickens and takes a good red/orange color.
  • Relish with jeera rice!!


Gatte ki subjee traditional Rajasthani savory, photo 1
Gatte ki subjee traditional Rajasthani savory, photo 2
Gatte ki subjee traditional Rajasthani savory, photo 3
Gatte ki subjee traditional Rajasthani savory, photo 4
Gatte ki subjee traditional Rajasthani savory, photo 5
Gatte ki subjee traditional Rajasthani savory, photo 6
Gatte ki subjee traditional Rajasthani savory, photo 7


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