Siddhu ghee/ Himachal breakfast

Last month, I came across a lady from himachal pradesh. She works in mumbai but her heart is in her homeland. Surprisingly she has stayed in mumbai since her birth and has been to himchal only during the key festivals. Her economic background does not let her enjoy the himachal pradesh trips as much as she would have liked but the longing is in her eyes always. I asked her what she likes about her native the most and she quickly said the weather and food. She told about the times when her mother (now nomore) made this healthy breakfast for her siblings before sending them off to work.
I picked the recipe to try and must say it took me by surprise. I suggest that folks who love steamed dumplings try this variety. My folks thoroughly enjoyed this...

for dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup curd
1 tspn salt
for filling
1/2 cup boiled green peas
1 tspn soaked poppy seeds
1 medium onion paste
1 tspn ginger garlic paste
1 tspn green chilly paste
salt to taste
Clarified butter/ Ghee to cook
1) Prepare the dough by mixing all ingredients. Keep aside
2) Grind the soaked poppy seeds mixture and green peas paste.
3) In a non stick pan, heat some ghee, add the onion paste. Saute it
4) Next add the ginger garlic paste and saute again
5) Now add the green peas mixture, salt and green chillies and cook till the mixture dries up
6) Saute until the mixture is dry and grainy in texture. Let it cool
7) Now, roll out small balls of the dough flat like a puri.
8) Place the green peas mixture and cover it up from sides to seal the filling
9) Now, repeat for the remaining dough
10) Steam the readied dumplings in a idli steamer or momo steamer until it is done. About 10 min
11) Remove them and let them stand for a min or 2
12) In a pan, heat 2 tbsp ghee.
13) Saute the dumplings in the ghee until they get blistered slightly
14) Serve hot with more ghee.

This is so delicious and will be perfect snack when there is nip in the air.


interesting. felt sober reading your introduction about the lady, infat..most many of us..who are away from, deep within, cherish the same it not, in a way ?
jayanthi said…
looks delicious. sounds great. will give it a shot sometime
Priya Suresh said…
Siddhu ghee looks like a prefect evening snack, simply love that stuffing.
Unknown said…
so aromatic and so flavorful.. love this delicious snack!!
I saw this recipe on a site and felt like surely is interesting and must have tasted great.
Usha said…
I did not consider this when I was looking for Himachal food but when I was doing the write up for the state, I found this recipe very interesting. IT seems to be a very popular dish from the valley. Looks delicious !
Pavani said…
That is the story of all immigrants :-(
Those steamed buns look great.
Suma Gandlur said…
Bookmarked Pradnya. Looks very yummy.
Very interesting recipe. You have done it so well. Very appetizing!
Gayathri Kumar said…
Lucky to get an authentic recipe. These dumpling looks so inviting...
Harini R said…
I almost made this but in the last minute decided to go with something else..Love it! I should make these dumplings sometime.
Srivalli said…
Really?..amazing man..should bookmark this for the breakfasts event..:)..thanks for sharing and getting me know such a new one Pradnya..
Archana said…
I had seen this and wanted to make it but I did not thinking I will not be able to manage it.I am bookmarking this.
Chef Mireille said…
I've never heard of these and they look so good
Padmajha said…
I can really understand what that lady felt like.Yes, its not always that you can afford a trip home! And this one is so nice. The sauteeing after steaming must have made it taste so yum!

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