Instant Pot Gahat Phaanu | Horsegram Kale Stew | Garhwali Recipes
A popular Garhwali lentil recipe, Gahat ki Phanu prepared with horse gram and kale/mustard greens.
Main Course, sides
Garhwali Cuisine,, Indian
Kale – 3 cups tightly packed
Green Onions – 4
Tomatoes – 3
Horse gram – ½ cup
Oil – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1.5 tsp
Red Chili powder – ¾ tsp
Cilantro – ¼ cup
Turmeric – 4 tsp
Water – 4 cups
Salt – 1.5 tsp
Prep – Work
Soak the horse gram dal for at least 8 hours. I soaked it for about 10 hours.
After 8 hours drain the water and grind it along with one garlic clove into a coarse paste by adding water. I used about ½ cup of water.
Chop the kale, tomatoes and green onions and set aside.
As this recipe doesn’t involve pressure cooking, I am going to combine the stove top and instant pot method.
Stovetop & Instant Pot Method
If using IP, set it to sauté mode and add oil. If using stove top method, heat a heavy bottom vessel and add oil.
When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds. As it starts to splutter, add the tomatoes and cook for a minute.
Then add the chopped kale, green onions and all the dry masalas – turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt too.
Mix them all and cover and cook for 5 minutes. For my IP, I used the glass lid for covering. You use the IP lid too and use steam mode. But I just went with regular cover and cooking method.
Once the kale has shrunken, add the ground horse gram dal paste and 2 cups of water.
Mix them and let it simmer on low flame for 5 minutes. Make sure you stir the dal for every one minute to avoid the dal browning up.
After 3 to 4 minutes, add the remaining water and cilantro. Bring it to one boil and turn of the heat.
That’s it. Gahat ki phaanu is ready. Serve hot with rice.
The original recipe calls mustard greens. If you can source them, please go for that. Also as I mentioned above, if you are using kale, use about 1 to 1.5 cups.
The dal thickens fast so cook over a low flame and add water according to your consistency preference. I used four cups of water totally for this. The dal was semi thick.
If you like garlic flavor, you can add three to five for this recipe.
Adjust the salt and spice as per your preference.