Just like the rich culture and heritage, Madhya Pradhesh’s regional cuisine has been winning hearts for ages. From Seekh Kababs to Butte Ki Kees, Madhya Pradesh’s cuisine has given Indians some of their favourite dishes. However, there is one dish with its roots in Madhya Pradesh that is decadent, easy to make and flavourful. This dish is regionally called ‘Chakki Ki Shaak’ and is made by cooking dough dumplings in a tomato-based gravy. Want to have flavours of Madhya Pradesh at home? Try this recipe to savour them fuss-free. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour 
  • ¼ tsp ajwain 
  • ¼ tsp kalaunji 
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder 
  • Salt, according to taste

For the gravy 

  • 2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup curd
  • 1 ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder 
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder 
  • 1 tsp cumin powder 
  • 1 tsp garam masala 
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves 
  • Salt, according to taste

METHOD

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl. Knead by adding water gradually and make a soft dough. 
  2. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes and re-knead before rolling it. 
  3. Roll the dough into a log and cut ½-inch pieces with a knife. 
  4. Steam the dough pieces on a steamer for about 10 minutes. 
  5. Heat some oil in a kadhai and fry the steamed dough pieces till they are golden brown and keep aside.
  6. Meanwhile, puree the onions and tomatoes. Add the onion paste in the leftover oil and fry for a minute or two. 
  7. Next, add the ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell disappears. 
  8. Add the tomato puree and incorporate it well. 
  9. Add the dry spices and stir well. 
  10. Reduce the flame to low and add the curd while stirring continuously. Cook the curd for five minutes. 
  11. Add the dough dumplings and adjust the consistency by adding water. 
  12. Cook the dumplings for 3-4 minutes and finish by garnishing some coriander leaves. 

Traditionally, this dish is relished with some rice. You can have it wither with rice or roti or savour it as it is.