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.
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
- Kale – 3 cups tightly packed
- Green Onions – 4 1/3 cup
- Tomatoes – 3
- Horse gram – ½ cup
- Garlic -1
- 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.