Sunday, March 23, 2008


I am back to the kitchen after a loooooooooooooong time, with Khaman. This is a Gujarati dish, one of my favourites. The recipe has been altered a bit, so as to suit my taste and to make it healthier. Here goes:

Ingredients (for 2 people)
1) 1 cup besan
2) Salt to taste
3) Sugar to taste
4) Curd
5) Juice of 1 lemon
6) 2 teaspoons Eno fruit salt (plain)
7) Coriander leaves to garnish, chopped
8) A bit of oil
7) Green chillies, chopped, to garnish
8) Hing
9) Mustard seeds
1) Take the besan in a large bowl and add salt and sugar to taste. Add the curd and lemon juice. Add the Eno fruit salt and mix well to make a paste, a bit thicker in consistency than Bajji batter. The paste should taste slightly sour and sweet (pulippu and thidippu konjam thookal). If necessary, add more lemon juice and curd and sugar.
2) Whisk the paste with hands to make it slightly fluffy. Keep it aside for about 1/2 hour.
3) After 1/2 hour, grease a deep steel plate and pour this paste into it evenly. Steam in cooker for about 5 minutes without whistle.
4) Take out the plate. Heat some oil in a kadhai and add mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter. Add the chopped green chillies and fry a bit.
5) Pour this oil-mustard seeds-green chillies mixture on top of the steamed khaman and cut into square pieces.
6) Garnish with chopped coriander leaves before serving. Dry coconut (Kopra) can also be used for garnishing.

Note: 1) Can be eaten hot or cold as a snack by itself, or can be served with Bombay Chutney and/or Raw Papaya kosamalli.
2) People who do not like too much of a sweet taste can cut down on the quantity of sugar.


Rambler said...

Try tossing the kamand in the kadai which has the oil and mustard seeds, it helps to get the tadka well onto the kamands.
BTW, you did not write about the kajoor tamarind chutney which goes so well with this :)

Priya Iyer said...


thats a good idea! wil try it out next time! :)

people here don't have tamarind-khajoor chutney with khaman. we hav either bombay chutney or raw papaya salad. we have tamarind-khajoor chutney with dhokla, which is made of rice.

Sathej said...

Well, looks nice :) haven't even heard of such things though!

Priya Iyer said...


it tastes nice as well. try it out! :)

Me said...

made Khaman last week...but never made it from scratch...we get the mix and make it...will try this recipe next time...:)

Priya Iyer said...


we too used to get the mix earlier, but then a friend taught me how to make khaman from scratch. ever grateful to her! :) do let me know how it turned out!