Bhagar Aamti

I remember, during my childhood, Mom used to make Bhagar and Aamti along with many other recipes when we were fasting.

Bhagar and Aamti is a heavy meal and can be termed as a dal chawal replacement for upas (fasting) wherein Bhagar is cooked just like rice and Aamti is made with peanuts and green chilly. 

Bhagar Aamti

A complete meal for Upas.

  • 1 Cup Bhagar/Vari Tandul (Wash thoroughly, drain the water and keep aside for 5-7 minutes.)
  • 2 Tsp Ghee or unsalted butter
  • 1 Tsp Jeera/Cumin
  • 1 Chopped green chilly
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 Cup Groundnut powder
  • 2-3 Green chillies
  • 1 Tsp Jeera/Cumin
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee or unsalted butter
  • 3-4 Kokum/Amsul
  • 2 Tbsp Grated jaggery
  1. For the Aamti, grind all the ingredients listed, except salt, Kokum and Jaggery, using generous amount of water.
  2. Add 2 cups water to this mixture and set aside.
  3. Take ghee in a pan. After it is warm enough, add jeera.
  4. Next add the groundnut mixture to the pan.

    Note: Add the mixture very slowly as it consists mainly water and may splutter.

  5. Add the Salt, Kokum and Jaggery and mix well. Bring to a boil, simmer and cook till the jaggery is dissolved.
  6. For the bhagar, take ghee in a pan. When the ghee is hot enough, add jeera and green chillies.
  7. Add the soaked bhagar and mix well. Add water and cook covered until soft.
  8. Serve hot with Sweet Lemon Pickle and some of your favorite crispies.

You can even add some curd to the Bhagar while cooking to make it softer.