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Ghugni – a Kolkata street food speciality | Street food recipes

After yesterdays’ Samusa Thouk recipe, today is a speciality street food again from the Eastern part of India. Its made in both Kolkata and Jharkhand with some minor variations, starting with the kind of lentil / legume being used. I read a few versions of Ghugni here, here and here.

There were some differences, but the more I read, the more it seemed to resemble Ragda Patties in most parts,  except for the addition of Bhaja Moshla . I was lost in thought for a few days if I should indeed pick this, but as my to-do lists for this Cooking Carnival were assembled, hijacked and restored a million times, I thought to myself : the longer the procrastination, the higher the chance my list will change (again!)


And the elder kid & the husband know me by now that I would do anything for Ragda Patties ; the rest of the family would crave for a Ghiradelli brownie or a large chunk of dark chocolate post dinner, and I would salivate for Ragda patties :p

Ahem ! I digress.  Coming back, I made this over 2 days (was undecided even after I soaked the peas). But once it was cooking, there it was : ready to be made and savoured. It was a weekday off on account of a local festival, so we had this for lunch :-))

And with the leftovers the next day, made some modifications to make Dahi Ragda Chaat :-))  !

It tasted good, and Sandeepa’s tips came in handy :-))

Ghugni seller in Kolkata. Photo Credit : here

Ghugni – dry white peas based street food | Vegan and GF snack

Prep time + soak time : 10 hours +  ; Cook time : 30 mins ; Serves : 4-6


  • Yellow / White dry peas – 1.25 cups (1 cup = 200 ml)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Bhaja Moshla

  • Cumin powder – 1 TBSP
  • Coriander seeds – 1 TBSP
  • Dry red chillies – 3 to 4 (adjust spice)

Other ingredients:

  • garlic chopped – 1 tsp
  • Spice powders : Turmeric powder, Red Chilli powder, Kashmiri Mirch (1 tsp)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Onions – 2 large
  • Tomatoes – 1 large
  • Oil – 3 TBSP
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Tamarind Paste (thinned down) – 1/4 cup
  • Jaggery – 1 TBSP (opt.)
  • Potatoes – 1 large



Stage (1) : 

Dry roast all ingredients of Bhaja Moshla one by one, till fragrant and cool. powder it in a spice grinder and keep aside.

Stage (2) :

Soak and pressure cook the peas (aka Motor in Bengali) for 8 -10 hours (or overnight). Next day, drain all the soaked liquid, wash the peas in running water, and pressure cook it with 1 potato cubed for 4 whistles (you can also cook it in a pot, but I pressure cooked it to save time). Also add the following to the pressure cooker along with the potato : turmeric, green chillies, kashmiri chilly powder, 1 inch grated ginger, 1 tsp of the spice powder (from the stage 1 above). Cook till its done and has a bite but not overcooked. Drain all water and reserve the cooked water.

Stage(3) :

To make the ghugni, heat oil. splutter cumin seeds, add chopped onion. Fry on high heat, then add the chopped garlic, kashmiri mirch and remaining Bhaja Moshla. Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute well till the tomatoes get mushy and oil begins to leave the sides. Now add the boiled peas – potato mixture along with a little of the cooked water. Mash the potatoes a bit to get a starchy texture. Now add the salt, thinned down tamarind liquid, little jaggery and let it simmer on a low flame for 7-8 mins. Now add remaining water if required in batches.

To serve:

Take a portion of the ghugni in a bowl, add chopped onions, a dash of lime, some chopped green chillies and serve hot !!



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  1. I made this for a previous BM and absolutely loved it. You are tempting me to try it again.

  2. Gayathri Kumar

    This looks super inviting Kalyani. I would love to have a bowl of it now..

  3. The Pumpkin Farm

    reminds me of my last year stay in kolkatta..honestly the hygiene standards kept me away from this otherwise tempting street food…i had another version of it served as dry curry in the restaurant but it was made using green grams…i loved your assembling and good choice

  4. vaishali sabnani is pure indulgence !..people use this term when they eat chocolates..but I too am a very big fan of ragda pattice..and Ghugni is more or less similar..I am drooling , and actually could finish every bit of what I see.


  6. MySpicyKitchen

    I am always ready for these kind of chaats and whenever I am not in a mood to eat rice for dinner or on low carb diet, I make something similar. I haven't made ghugni as such but something similar. This is on list though. Mouthwatering!!

  7. Nalini's Kitchen

    I too made this for Bm,we loved it to the core.Such a simple yet filling dish..

  8. This is my kind of street food, i can have a huge bowl of this ghugni anytime of the day.

  9. I am like you Kalyani. Street food is always welcome

  10. wow awesome.. Learning lot of new recipes and new info. very nice

  11. That's one tempting bowl of ghugni, Kalyani.

  12. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I am just drooling looking at your ghugni. I just wish to eat some right now.

  13. cookingwithsapana

    I love ghugni and yours looks so tempting.

  14. I love it. Drooling over it and have been going back and forth over the recipe for some time now. Guess this will get made soon.

  15. Such a wonderful looking ghugni bowl that is!!

  16. I read about so many posts on this dish before making it myself..and all for a simple dish right..your pictures have come out well!

  17. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    i made it form Indian food odyysey, loved it totally. That bowl looks so delicious!!

  18. Am a Ragada patties bhakt too! Love this ghugni bowl…very inviting

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