Ragda is prepared with dried yellow or white peas/ vatana, is a popular fast food which is a part of the street food of Maharashtra. Ragda is a stew like gravy prepared by pressure cooking dried peas, mashing it with a fried onion and spices to make a curry. Then comes the ragda pattice which is prepared with potato is topped with generous amount of the ragda, chopped onions, sev and colorful chutneys…. a delightful chat enjoyed by people of all ages! It can also be enjoyed plain… like just the ragda topped with few ingredients or topped on or along side of any chaat item! Recipe shared here is for plain ragda which is the main item for most of the chaats!
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|Ingredients for Ragda|
|Dried yellow peas||1/2 cup|
|Onion||1/2 cup (chopped)|
|Ginger||1 tablespoon (finely chopped)|
|Turmeric powder||1/4 teaspoon|
|Red Chili powder||1/2/ teaspoon|
|Coriander powder||1 teaspoon|
|Garam Masala powder||1/2 teaspoon|
|Water||3 & 1/2 cups (for pressure cooking)|
|Ingredients for Chaat|
|Onion||1 tablespoon (chopped)|
|Green chutney||1 teapoon|
|Tamarind chutney||1 teaspoon|
|Coriander leaves||1 tablespoon (chopped)|
|Lemon juice||1 teaspoon (to drizzle)|
Soak Dried yellow peas / White peas / Vatana in enough water for 10 hours or overnight.
The next day or after soaking them for atleast 10 hours, drain all the water. Rinse in clean water for few times. Then take them in a pressure cooker pan with enough water. (for 1/2 cup dried peas you may need 3 to 3 & 1/2 cups of water)
Once done the cooked peas looks like this with some water in the bottom of the pan.
Now heat little oil in a pan and start frying the onions and ginger.
Once they translucent, add in turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, asafoetida and salt.
Now add the cooked peas and mix.
Simmer for few minutes to reach the desired consistency. We don’t want too thick nor too watery consistency. Make sure the ragda is semi thick and switch off. Now your ragda is all ready for serving! Serve it plain topped with raw onion, chaat chutneys, coriander leaves and lemon juice or use it over any chaat item!
- 1/2 cup dried peas will yield 2 cups cooked ragda.
- Use plain sev or nylon sev for topping.
- You can serve it plain just topped with some coriander leaves or add chopped onions, tomatoes, mashed potato, sev, green chutney, tamarind dates chutney…
- Use it over puri chat, radga pattice, pav chat ad many more!