Friday, 31 January 2020

Phaanu - Uttarakhand popular recipe prepared using horse gram

Phannu- Today's special recipe is from Uttarakhand cuisine's garhwali recipe - Phaanu prepared using horse gram.It is also known as Gahat dal which is popular dal recipe from kumaon regions of Uttarakhand.  Phaanu is very delicious, creamy, tasty and healthy dish prepared using horse gram. This is very nutritious recipe which gives lots of energy to stay fit in cool climates of hill stations. Horse gram is very healthy lentil having it regularly cures kidney stones, heart diseases and diabetes.  Horse gram in telugu known as uluvalu, in Hindi it is known as kulthi dal, in Tamil it is kollu, hurali kalu in Kannada. Ulava charu is popular recipe that is prepared in Andhra. This is very simple recipe and can also prepare easily. We have to soak horse gram overnight or 8 - 10 hrs, later we grind it and prepare thick pancake / dosa with half batter and remaining we use it for gravy, isn't it easy ;) . I felt it as pesarattu mukkala pulusu with some variations. We can also prepare this dal with toor dal, green moong dal too.

Taking this super healthy, regional and tasty Uttarakhand cuisine - Phaanu to Shhhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge fb group started by Priya of Priyas Versatile Recipes and taken further till date by Mayuri she blogs at Mayuris jikoni.  Here admins will select one Indian state in alphabetical order. And they pick pairs for theme, pairs will share 2 ingredients, using that ingredients we will prepare recipe and post it in group album. Other group members will guess the secret ingredient. This month we choose Uttarakhand, i am paired with "Sujata Roy di"  who blogs at batterupwithsujata. Sujata di gave me hing and ginger as secret ingredients, in return i gave turmeric powder and cumin seeds. She prepared yummy and tasty aloo ke gutke recipe . Coming to Sujata di she is very talented chef who shares many traditional (Bengali cuisine) and authentic recipes. I can surely call her as "Sandesh Queen" as she prepare many sandesh varieties like sugar free pineapple sandeshhazelnut chocolate sandesh which i am planning to prepare. Do checkout her space.. I got this recipe from here.

Lets start recipe..


                            UttaraKhand - Phaanu

Soak Time: 8 - 10 hrs
Preparation time : 10 min
Cook Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
Category : Curries / Regional
Recipe Cuisine: Uttarakhand
Main ingredient: Horse gram 
Author : Aruna SarasChandra



To grind

Horse gram -1 cup
ginger - 1 inch
garlic - 2 pods
green chilli -2

For curry

Oil - 3 tsp
ghee - 1 tsp
onion - 2
Tomato - 1 
red chilli powder - 1 tsp
coriander powder -1 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp
cumin seeds -1 tsp
red chilli - 2
coriander leaves - 1 tsp
salt as per taste


1) Clean horse gram and soak overnight, later drain water and rub it skin. Skin will goes out easily i did not rubbed much.

2) Drain water completely and grind it coarsely by adding ginger, garlic and green chilli without adding any water. Take it into bowl add turmeric powder and salt mix it well.

3) Divide batter in two halves,one to prepare dosa / pan cakes and other for gravy. 

4) Heat tawa spread thick pan cake with coarsely grinded batter. Fry both sides till cook well. Prepare other pan cake and keep it aside.

5) Add 3 cups of water in remaining batter, heat a pan with oil and ghee. Add cumin seeds, jeera and red chillies, hing fry well then add finely chopped onion when starts changing color add tomatoes fry well.


6) Now add salt, red chilli powder and coriander powder mix well then add remaining grinded paste.

7) Cook the above well and low to medium flames for 10 minutes. If you feel gravy is very thick add some more water and cook for a minute.

8) Cut pancakes into pieces and add it in above gravy and cook it 5 minutes low to medium flames and then garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves.

That's it Uttarakhand popular garhwali recipe - Phaanu is ready to serve. Serve it with hot steamed rice with dollop of ghee.


** Soaking horse gram for minimum 8 hrs is must.

** Do not grind dal too smooth, grind it coarsely smooth paste.

** You can prepare pancakes or even fritters too.

** Adjust water accordingly, as gravy becomes thick quickly.

Also check other popular recipes from different regions that i shared in my blog, by just clicking the link below pic..

                                                      Baingan ke lonje

                                Tripura - Mosdeng serma
                    Tamil Nadu - Sundakkai vatha kuzhambu

                                     Punjabi Kadi
                                          Hyderabadi veg dum biryani

                                            Rajasthani - Moong dal halwa

                                           Nagaland - Pumpkin Oambal

                 gummadikaya majjiga pulusu/ pumpkin curd gravy


                 Hyderabadi Mirchi ka salan

                         Punjabi Dum aloo

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  1. Wow Aruna Phaanu sounds absolutely delicious and flavorful. Never tasted it but now I have to try it soon. Dish looks super tempting. Thanks dear for your lovely words ☺️

  2. Horsegram curry with pancakes sounds interesting ! This dish must be so filling and nutritious.

  3. The Phaanu looks so hearty and flavourful! So nutritious too, with the addition of horse gram. I need to try this out, soon.

  4. Lovely texture of the dal and superb color .

  5. Aruna, I too made phanu and its not only an interesting way to make a dal curry but also its a lovely creamy dal with simple spices. Love how you've added pancake pieces to the phanu, makes it look like the Gujarati dal dhokli.

  6. This looks like the gujarati dal dhokli. Phaanu looks tasty with the pancake in it. I would like to try it sometime.

  7. We make a similar version with gram flour pancakes. This one looks quite nutritious with the horse gram dal. I bet before adding in the curry I would eat half :-). Wonderful and detail explanation of the recipe.

  8. Interesting and different way of preparation. Phaanu looks so delicious and tempting