Besan ki Sabzi in Mustard Gravy, by Alpana


  • 1 cup Besan (chickpea flour)
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Mustard paste using soaked mustard seeds
  • 1.5 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 4 tbsp Mustard oil or as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required
  • Fresh coriander leaves



  1. In a bowl take besan, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 2 tbsp chopped onion and salt.
  2. Add enough water to make a thick paste.
  3. Heat a non stick pan, lower the heat and put the besan paste into the pan. Stir continuously till the batter becomes a thick halwa-like consistency.
  4. Spread oil on a plate. Take out the cooked besan from the pan and place onto the oil coated plate. Flatten it with a spatula into a 1/2 inch thick layer.
  5. When the mixture cools down, cut into square pieces.
  6. Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry the square besan pieces until golden brown on both sides.


  1. Heat oil in a kadhai and add methi/fenugreek seeds. When they begin spluttering, add chopped onions.
  2. When the onions become light brown, add garlic and mustard paste, then saute for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and salt.
  4. Cover & cook for 4 – 5 minutes or till the oil separates from the masala.
  5. Add water, remaining red chilli powder and bring it to boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add besan squares into the hot gravy and simmer for another 2 – 3 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.

Tip: Always use soaked mustard seeds to make paste. The paste may otherwise might taste bitter.

Alpana Singh is a talented cook who has even published a collection of her recipes. This is one she posted to our group and one that looked like it ought to be saved for future reference.