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Dhaniye ka besan....Fresh Coriander with Chickpea flour

What do you do when you have excess fresh coriander aka dhaniya. Sometimes ,this is a problem in winters. Excess of greens. Well my mom makes a side dish with fresh coriander and besan.

It pairs well with roti or paratha. You can also use it as a stuffing for parathas.

A very easy and quick preparation

The key is, after washing the dhania you should spread it on a clean kitchen towel , so that it dries out and all the excess water is absorbed . You can also spin it in a salad spinner to remove excess water.

These days I am using fresh turmeric in all my cooking. If you don't have that please use 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.

Do try it before dhania becomes a luxury.

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Dhaniya( fresh coriander) 150 gms

Besan ( chickpea flour) 1/3 cup

Mustard oil 2 tbsp

Asaefotida a pinch

Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp

Ginger grated 1 tsp

Fresh turmeric grated 1 tsp

Red chili pd 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Amchur (dry mango flour) 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar 1/4 tsp


  1. Wash the coriander. Remove the roots and very thick stems. Spread it on a kitchen towel.

  2. Once it's dry chop it fine.

  3. Heat oil in a pan.

  4. Add asaefotida and cumin seeds.

  5. Once seeds brown a little, add besan.

  6. Stir continuously.

  7. Once besan is slightly roasted, except dhaiya, add all the other ingredients in the order mentioned.

  8. Roast for sometime so that the rawness of besan goes.

  9. Add sugar and dhania and mix well.

  10. Cover and cook on low heat for a few minutes.

  11. Stir once in between.

  12. Remove from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  13. Now break the lumps if any with you fingers.

  14. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  15. Serve hot with roti or Paratha

Tip: you can also use it as a stuffing for paratha.


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