Recipes = Ragda Pattice
The words Ragda Pattice brings back the gay abandon of youth when we ate at roadside stalls without a care about the hygiene (or lack thereof). The taste of this popular street food made us return practically every day for more - it served as lunch or dinner depending on how many hours we put into study at the beautiful library in Bombay University. Yes, the library was our haven - away from noisy door to door hawkers and tiny homes housing large families which were definitely not conducive to quiet study! But I digress.
This simple dish has all the nutrition one needs - protein from the Ragda, a gravy made with Vatana (white peas) and the carb from the Pattice, a soft pan-fried potato patty. These humble ingredients are then crowned with flavourful toppings that make them so moreish - a sweet sour tamarind chutney, a green herb and chilli chutney, then yoghurt with a sprinkle of crunchy sev (chickpea noodles). This recipe takes some planning but is so worth it.
- Soak 1 cup of Vatana (white peas) overnight for about 8 -12 hours.
- Drain and add 1 tsp asafoetida and 2 cups of water.
- Cook till soft, uncovered, for 20 minutes in a pot or in a pressure cooker
- In the meantime, heat a pan then add 2 tbs oil, 1 finely chopped onion, 1 bay leaf, 2 cloves, 1" cinnamon stick.
- Fry till the onions are translucent then add in 3 chopped tomatoes.
- Cook, covered, for about 5 minutes till the tomatoes go mushy.
- Add the cooked peas and 3 tbsp tamarind pulp.
- Simmer for another 5 minutes then turn off the stove.
- Boil 4 medium sized potatoes and mash (should yield about 2 cups)
- To the mashed potato, add 1 tsp finely grated ginger, 1 tsp salt, 1 finely chopped green chili and 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves.
- Divide and form 8 balls then flatten into a patty.
- Dust with flour and pan fry (on medium high), 5 minutes on each side.
- Place 2 Pattice in a bowl then top with a ladle full of the Ragda.
- Pour over the Tamarind and Mint Chutneys
- Add a dollop of yoghurt
- Top with chopped onion (optional)
- Sprinkle with Sev* (optional) and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
*Available at Indian supermarkets.