Bhadang


MK loves munchies—with chivdas and bhadangs topping the list. No matter how large a batch of chivda you make, it gets over in no time. He’s been convincing me that home-made chivda is a much healthier option than store-bought munchies, and after much rebellion I have finally given in.

Two weeks ago, I made a regular poha (beaten rice) chivda, which disappeared in record time. It was now time to make a new batch. This time, I took inspiration from Anjali and decided to make a bhadang using crisp puffed rice. My curry leaf plant was also begging to be picked, so I just had to make the bhadang.

 

 

Aside: Is it just me or do home-grown herbs impart a much fresher flavor?

Don’t be intimidated by the long-ish list of ingredients; you don’t have to use all of them. Also, the actual cooking takes just a couple of minutes, so it is definitely worth a try. For those of you who like an off-the shelf, light accompaniment to your chai, this is perfect.

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms of puffed rice or churmure
  • 6-7 green chilies
  • 8-10 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 sprigs of curry leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 sprig of cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp. red chili powder
  • A large handful of peanuts
  • A smaller handful of split, roasted Bengal gram dal (phutane)
  • An equally small handful of dried coconut slivers
  • 1 tbsp. kaanda-lasun masala (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Metkut (optional)
  • 1 tsp. tumeric powder
  • ½ tsp. asafetida
  • Powdered sugar, to taste
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp. ghee + 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

Method:

  1. Heat the ghee and oil together in a large wok.
  2. Meanwhile, quickly grind the green chilies, coriander seeds, cilantro, and garlic to a very coarse paste.
  3. Pop the mustard seeds in the hot fat and immediately tip in the coarse paste you’ve just ground.
  4. Follow with the asafetida and turmeric.
  5. Now, tip in the peanuts and wait for them to begin popping as well.
  6. Throw in the roasted gram dal and coconut slivers. Cook until the coconut slivers begin to turn golden.
  7. Now add all the spices and saute for a minute to release the aroma.
  8. Tip in all of the puffed rice and add salt and powdered sugar to taste.
  9. Keep tossing around the wok until the rice turns crispy. Cool completely before storing in air-tight boxes.

This can be eaten just by itself or as a salad-y, pseudo-bhel snack by adding onions, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and a chutney.

Note: Once all the bhadang is gone a few days later, you will find a wonderfully aromatic powder at the bottom of the box. Don’t throw this away—it contains a burst of flavor that you can put to good use—mixed with a little unsalted butter as a spread for bread or bhakri; or as a seasoning for raitas.

Comments (9)

  1. mandar talvekar June 5, 2009 at 2:18 am

    yum! much hunger happens.
    my mom and sis-in-law are under strict instructions — the chiwda and the bhadang containers at home have to be refilled every two weeks 🙂

  2. Anjali June 5, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Hey Saee you did make it! That garlic, methkut and kanda lasun masal must have given it a whole new dimension!! You know it right gal…The way to a man's heart…

    I loved your new profile pic too!

    So you are ready for the rains now…am sending them over.

  3. Saee Koranne-Khandekar June 7, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Mandy: I am beginning to believe that there is some weird male hormone that makes you guys go weak in the knees for chivdas and bhadangs. And beer.

    Anjali: My mum and gran swear by the metkut addition; and I must say it does add a lovely "khamang-pana" as well. Try it! About the rains, I'm standing at my door with an aarti thali to welcome them!

  4. sangeeta June 22, 2009 at 6:41 am

    hi saee…..came here first time n liked your pics and recipes…will come back for sure ..to see all of it.

  5. Saee Koranne-Khandekar June 22, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Sangeeta!

  6. Melanie July 9, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Hi Saee,
    I came across your blog through Ahalya and while I personally hate cooking, it was really nice to see someone with so much love for it.Reading your blog reminded me of sitting in the warm early morning sun.
    Cheers!

  7. Anjali November 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Hi. I am sorry to leave a comment on such an old post, but I’m a complete novice and I have a few questions about this recipe. When you say “3-4 sprigs curry leaves” or “1 sprig of cilantro”, how much do you mean? Is a sprig a stem or a bunch? About how many teaspoons or tablespoons is that?

    I am sorry if this is a silly question, but I have no frame of reference, so I find exact measurements helpful. Thank you for your time.

    • admin November 8, 2013 at 4:05 am

      Hi Anjali,

      Sorry for the delay in responding to you.
      A sprig of curry leaves would carry anything between 8-20 leaves. Using a little more will not harm the bhadang. If you’re very worried, I’d say use about 1/4 cup of curry leaves, loosely packed, and 2 tbsp. of finely chopped coriander stems. Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

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