About this recipe:Gatta is a typical Rajasthani dish made without garlic and onion and its made in tomato gravy. I just thought of experiment it and making a sweet cashew based gravy and instead of regular besan ke gatte i thought of adding palak puree. This recipe has two parts.. one is to make the gatta and another is making the gravy.
For the gravy firstly : Firstly peel and chop the onions and immerse it in hot water for atleast ten minutes and then drain the water and make it into a fine paste.
similarly make a paste of cashews, raisins and almonds and keep aside
Now in kadai heat about 2 teaspoons of ghee and to this add the tej patha and tumeric powder, badi elachi and cinnamon.
Now add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
After this add the onion paste and let it cook till it starts leaving oil.
Now add the chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and 1 teaspoon of sugar and saute it for sometime adding a cup of hot water to this gravy.
After it come to a boil add the cashew, raisin and almond paste and let it simmer for about 5 minutes and now add cream to this mixture and bring to a boil and the kasoori methi and hing and salt to taste.
To make the gattes---Palak should be boiled in water containing salt for atleast 6-7 minutes. After draining the water soak the palak immediately in cold water/ ice water to maintain the green colour.
Now drain the water properly and blend the palak into a fine paste.
Now in a bowl add 2-3 cups of besan, 1 tbs of baking soda, chilli powder, ajwain, coriander leaves and little amount of warm oil and mix throughly
now the add the palak puree and make into a dough.
Note that this dough should of firm consistency and not soft.
Now divide the dough into equal halves and make strips of them.
Add these strips in a vessel which has boiling water in it, but before that ensure that gattas don break in water by putting a small ball sized dough into water. If it does not break on boiling then add remaining gattas. If it breaks the add a little besan and oil to the dough and knead again.
Let it boil for about 5-8 minutes.
Now remove from flame and drain the water and cut the strips into 1 inch long strip
Heat ghee in a pan and lightly sautee these cut gattes before adding them to gravy and bring to a boil.
Serve hot with rice or rotis.
boiling the onions before making into a paste is to remove the sharp taste.