Bengali Cuisine,

White Pea Curry/ Ghugni

March 05, 2013 Motions and Emotions 4 Comments

Culinary Adventure

White Pea Curry/ Ghugni( Bengali Snack Item)

Hey are you ready for a culinary adventure?? Today I am goona take you to the eastern part of India. Taste it  :-). Ghugni is a famous snack item in eastern India especially in Bengal. It can be prepared either with white peas or green peas or black gram. This dish is very popular among kids. Here is the recipe.

White Pea Curry/ Ghugni

White peas - 1 cup (soak in water for 4-5 hours and then boil in pressure cooker)
Potato - 1 boiled and smashed
Onion - 3/4 cup, finely chopped
Ginger paste - 2 teaspoon
Garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon
Green chili - 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
Coriander leaves - a hand ful, finely chopped
Coriander powder - 1½  teaspoon
Tomato  - 1 cup, chopped
Bay leaves - 1 or 2
Cinnamon stick - 2 or 3
Turmeric powder
Kashmiri red chili powder - 1 teaspoon
Special Masala ( we call 'bhaja masala' - take coriander, cumin, black pepper and garam masala powder in 2:2:1:1 ratio in a pan and roast it) - 1 teaspoon
Refined oil

Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Once they start crackling add onions to fry and add a pinch of sugar to take nice brown color. After that add garlic and ginger paste and cook well. Now it's time to add dry spice powders and salt one by one. Lastly add tomato and green chili and fry it well. Add little bit of water and cook for few more minutes.  Now add potato and white peas and stir it to mix with the spices. Add more water and put a lid on the pan. After 5 minutes open the lid, add special masala and coriander leaves on top. Serve ghugni either with puri, batora, paratha (any Indian bread) or puffed rice ("muri" in Bengali). Add tamarind chutney and sliced raw onion on top of it  to make the dish more tasty.


  1. I have not eaten a lot of bangali food, this looks really good. My husband loves poori's so I do make different veggie preparations with it!

  2. Simple. . Yet mouth watering..

  3. Looks yum..I've always wanted to try Bengali dishes..will try this out :)Thanks for following...Happy to follow u too :)


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