Friday, 15 May 2015

Sev Khamani | Indian Cooking Challenge

This is my first recipe for the Indian Cooking Challenge. This time we have a authentic gujarathi recipe. And this is also the first time that I am making an authentic gujarathi recipe.

We enjoy gujarathi sweet recipes but are not a fan of savoury recipes that contain a lot of besan. Somehow eating a lot of besan based dishes gives us stomach problems - probably because we are not used to it.

We liked this recipe though. The end result was very colorful, yellow, red and greens - lovely color combination. H said seems like Gujarathi upma :-) Yes the texture definitely looks like upma.

The recipe is given in Indian Cooking Challenge blog but I also had a look at the recipes for this available in internet. Actually this Khamani sev is most of the times made with left-over dhokla. Or channa-dal is soaked and made into a batter. There were few recipes with besan But I followed the recipe made out of besan.


For Khamani:

Besan - 1 1/2 cups
Sooji (Rava) - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
Ginger - 1" piece
Green chillies - 2 nos
Oil - 2 tbsp
Water - 2 cups
Eno fruit salt - 2 tsp

To Temper:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 5 pods (finely chopped)
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Nylon Sev - 1/2 cup
Pomegranate pearls - 1/2 cup
Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
Coriander leaves (chopped finely) - 3 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp


Make a fine paste of ginger and the green chillies.
Mix the besan, sooji, salt, sugar, ginger-green chilly paste, lemon juice and oil. Make a batter similar to that of bhajji batter with the water.
Place a steamer on gas with enough water.
Grease a thali or a small bowl. I used a bowl.
Add the ENO fruit salt to the batter and mix very well. You should see some bubbles
Pour the batter in the Thaali / bowl, and place it in the steamer.
Close the lid and let it steam for 10-15 minutes.
Check with a knife if done, the knife should come out clean.
Once it is cooled, crumble the kamans.

In a kadai pour oil. Add the mustard seeds.
Once the mustard splutters add Jeera, asafoetida, chopped garlic. Fry well until the garlic turns sligtly brown.
Add the turmeric powder and simmer the gas.
Add the crumbled khamans and mix well. Switch off gas.
Transfer into a bowl or serving plate.
Garnish in layers with - coriander leaves, pomegranate pearls, nylon sev, grated coconut.
Drizzle lemon juice on top and serve.


  1. Surely looks very colourful!..nicely done!

  2. What a colorful and tempting snack. Looks amazing.