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Avantika Srivastava
240 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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Rice flour dumplings stuffed with chana dal and spices. This is a traditional recipe from Bihar, and is lipsmacking to taste.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Others
  • Bihar
  • Steaming
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Low Calorie

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. Rice flour 2 cups
  2. Chana dal 1 cup [soaked]
  3. salt
  4. turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. hing [asfoetida]
  6. garlic cloves - 1
  7. Green chilli -2
  8. Corriander leaves [handful]


  1. Soak chana dal for atleast 3-4 hrs in hot water.
  2. Make a soft dough of rice flour with water and rest for 5-10 min.
  3. Finely grind chana dal with garlic and green chillis.
  4. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt to the ground chana dal mixture.
  5. Make small balls of the dough and flatten them with rolling pin, to a small puris.
  6. Put the prepared chana dal mixture on one side of the rolled puri and bring other half on top, to seal, the shape would resemble gujiyas.
  7. Boil some water in a saucepan with a perforated plate like the one we use to steam idlis. The vessel must be oiled properly.
  8. place the raw farahs on the oiled plate and steam them for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Check after 5-7 min by pressing the farah.
  10. If pressing or poking the outer layer of farah, leaves a mark on it, that means the farah is done.
  11. Serve it hot with green chutney .

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Kalpana Arora
Kalpana Arora   Jan-10-2017

sounds so yummy!

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