Bhogichi Bhaji | A Makara Sankranti Recipe from Maharashtra

Bhogichi Bhaji, as the name suggests, is a dish made on Bhogi in Maharashtra. It is a mixed vegetable that celebrates the winter vegetables such as Paavta (Indian Lima Beans), Fresh Green Chana (Harbhara), Carrots, and more. In addition, Bhogichi Bhaji uses Peanut Powder and Sesame Powders which are warming in nature and are perfect for the season. It is to be savoured hot with Bajrichi Bhakri.

I looked at many recipes online and used this one here as the base.

What I love about this wonderful recipe is that it celebrates fresh produce much like Aviyal from Tamil Nadu, Undhiyu from Gujarat, Shukto from Bengal, and Pindi Miriyam from Andhra Pradesh.

  • This is a no-onion, no-garlic version of this famed recipe from Maharashtra.
  • Bhogi is the first day of Makara Sankranti, the 3- or 4-day festival marking the start of Uttaraayan, the 6-month auspicious period in the Hindu calendar.
  • In Andhra Pradesh, small children and babies are showered with a mix of Bhogi Pallu (a kind of ber), sugarcane, flowers, rice, and coins. It is supposed to be a blessing and brings good luck. 🙂

 

Bhogichi Bhaji from Maharashtra
Bhogichi Bhaji from Maharashtra

How to Make Bhogichi Bhaji

 

Bhogichi Bhaji Recipe | Sankranti Recipe from Maharashtra
Bhogichi Bhaji | A Makara Sankranti Recipe from Maharashtra
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Bhogichi Bhaji is a wonderful mixed vegetable made in Maharashtra for Bhogi, the first day of Sankrant,
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 Hour
Bhogichi Bhaji Recipe | Sankranti Recipe from Maharashtra
Bhogichi Bhaji | A Makara Sankranti Recipe from Maharashtra
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Bhogichi Bhaji is a wonderful mixed vegetable made in Maharashtra for Bhogi, the first day of Sankrant,
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 Hour
Instructions
Soak the Peanuts
  1. Soak the peanuts in warm water for about 1 hour.
Making Bhogichi Bhaji
  1. Drain the water from the soaked peanuts. Set aside.
  2. In a kadai, over medium flame, heat the oil.
  3. Add the mustard seeds.
  4. When they splutter, add cumin seeds.
  5. Turn the heat down to low.
  6. Add the curry leaves, chilli powder, turmeric powder, and hing.
  7. Turn the heat up to medium.
  8. Add the peanuts, green chana, carrots, and drumsticks
  9. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Add the potatoes and carrots.
  11. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  12. Add about 1/4 cup water.
  13. Cook covered till the vegetables are just al-dente.
  14. Add the Pavta beans and brinjal.
  15. Stir-fry till the beans and brinjal is cooked.
  16. Add the Goda Masala, salt, and a few tbsp of water.
  17. Mix well and cook covered for 3 to 5 minutes.
  18. Add the tamarind pulp and a little water, if required.
  19. Mix well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  20. Turn off the heat.
  21. Add the grated jaggery, peanut powder and sesame powder.
  22. Mix well.
  23. Add the grated coconut and mix with a gentle hand.
  24. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.
  25. Serve immediately with hot rotis or Bhakri.
Recipe Notes

This bhaji tastes absolutely great with some hot Bajrichi Bhakri and Butter.

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Bhogichi Bhaji for Makar Sankrant from Maharashtra
Bhogichi Bhaji for Makar Sankrant from Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, peanuts, sesame, and jaggery play a big role in Sankrant celebrations. Here is a recipe for Til Poli which celebrates all three ingredients.

Methi Pithla | Methiche Pithle (Vegan Gluten-Free Recipe)

Pithla is a simple rustic curry made with besan (gram flour) in rural Maharashtra. You can make Pithla is many ways; plain with just besan, or add vegetables such as onions or drumsticks (Shevgyachya Shenganche Pithla | Drumstick Pithla). This time I made it with fresh fenugreek leaves and the result was a spicy, slightly bitter Methiche Pithle (Methi Pithla).

Pithla is very quick and easy to make and tastes absolutely great when eaten hot with Bajrichi Bhakri or Jwarichi Bhakri. You can also savour it with rotis or phulkas.

My memories of some of the best Pithla are always at the end of a hike to one of the many famed forts in Maharashtra. We used to trek in monsoons or in winter, and so welcomed the hot Chaha (Chai/Tea) and Bhakri-Pithla that awaited us at the end of the trek.

Both Bhakri and Pithla can be cooked within 15-20 minutes and so the villagers will always make it fresh for the multitudes of trekkers or picnickers who travel to the forts. The smoky flavour of the Zunka-Bhakar-Pithla cooked on a wood fire cannot be quite replicated on a gas stove, but you can still make a delicious version at home and enjoy!

Methiche Pithle | Methi Pithla: Gram Flour Curry with Fresh Fenugreek Leaves
Methiche Pithle | Methi Pithla

How to Make Methiche Pithle | Methi Pithla

 

Methiche Pitle | Methi Pitla
Methi Pithla | Methiche Pithle
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Methi Pithla (also called Methiche Pithle) is a simply rustic curry made with fresh methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) and besan (gram flour). It is flavoured with garlic and green chillies, and tastes divine with Bhakri or roti.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Methiche Pitle | Methi Pitla
Methi Pithla | Methiche Pithle
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Methi Pithla (also called Methiche Pithle) is a simply rustic curry made with fresh methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) and besan (gram flour). It is flavoured with garlic and green chillies, and tastes divine with Bhakri or roti.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
Preparing the Besan
  1. Dry roast the besan till it just starts to change colour.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add the turmeric to the besan and mix well.
  4. Sieve together the besan to ensure there are no lumps.
  5. Place the besan in a large vessel.
  6. Gradually, add 1 cup of water while mixing continuously to avoid lumps.
  7. Ensure you have a smooth batter.
  8. Set aside.
Making the Methiche Pithle
  1. Over medium flame, heat the oil in a kadai or a heavy-bottomed vessel.
  2. Add the garlic and fry till it just starts to change colour.
  3. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add the green chillies and asafoetida, and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  6. Add the methi leaves and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  7. Add about 1/4 cup water and cook covered so that the methid leaves are cooked well.
  8. Turn down the heat to low.
  9. Mix the besan batter.
  10. Slowly add the besan batter to the cooked methi leaves. Stir constantly.
  11. Add salt and mix well.http://aahaaramonline.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=sumome
  12. Turn the heat up to medium and cook the mix till the Methi Pithla becomes thick and glossy.
  13. Turn off the heat and serve immediately with roti or Bhakri.
Recipe Notes
  • Methi Pithla is best eaten hot.
  • If the Pithla goes cold, it will solidify. Just add some warm water and mix well. Heat the Pithla for 2-3 minutes.
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