Sunday, August 15, 2010

International Ghanta

Don't ask me why the name of the dish! This is what we kids used to call this at home -  'International Ghanta'. Maybe it was all the vegetables that was put in it.

Growing up, I used to hate this being made or served at home. Now I think it is a delicacy and prepare for special occasions. As I was talking earlier, my Sasu had gone to visit relatives. The day she came back, I had made this ghanta and tomato khata and dalma, another typical oriya meal. We all had a nice meal together. And yes one of the few meals that I have cooked in the last few months. I have been enjoying the summer and spending time with the kids after work, no major cooking for me! And yes summer is going to end soon and my sasu will be leaving soon too! Sigh!

This is very similar to another ghanta post, I have. Infact the ingredient list is very similar. The only difference is that this was made with Onion garlic and the taste of the dishes (with or without onion garlic) is way different from the earlier ghanta!

Also sending this ghanta  to Priya's event 'Lets sprout' . And a very Happy Independence day! Don't the colors of the veggies remind you of the Indian flag ?


1/2 cup of thinly chopped onions
1/2 cup of diced Potatoes
1 cup of diced Yellow Pumpkin
1/2 cup of Eggplant cut into large chunks
1/4 cup Yam (or saru)
1/3 cup Green beans (use string beans if you have them)
1/2 cup of diced Carrots
1/2 cup of diced Radish
1/2 cup of cut green papaya
few dried mango pieces (ambula)

1 handful of yellow peas soaked in water (2-3 hours)
2 hand full of chick peas (soak and keep for sprouting the day before)
1 handful of Desi Channa (soak and keep for sprouting the day before)
1 handful of green mung Dal (soak and keep for sprouting the day before)

1 tsp of punch puran seeds
1 table spoon of ginger garlic paste

2-3 tablespoon of fried Cumin powder (if freshly roasted and ground then better)
Fresh Coriander leaves
4-5 Red Chillies

4-5 bay leaves
Turmeric powder to taste
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking (you can use ghee if you want too)
Coconut pieces or shredded coconut (optional) - about handful
Ghee - 2 tea spoon (optional)

How to

Put 2-3 table spoon of oil in a frying pan and put the panch phuran seeds and let them splutter.

Add the bay leaves and the red chillies and fry for 1/2 min. Add the onion and fry until it starts changing color.

Add the vegetables that take time to cook (like papaya and radish first). Also add the sprouts and green and yellow peas. And salt and turmeric powder. Cover and cook for 5 min.

Add the ginger-garlic paste and all all other vegetables (other than eggplant and ambula).

Cover and cook in slow fire for about 45-50 min (depending on the quantity of vegetables). Keep mixing and checking every 3-4 minutes.

When all the vegetables are nearly cooked, add eggplant and cook for a few minutes. Add the ambula and ghee and fried cumin powder and cover after turning off the stove.

Garnish with cut corainder leaves and fresh grated coconut (both are optional) and serve.


  1. that is new to me..looks lovely n healthy with all the beans n veggies.

  2. very new to me.. looks too good and tempting !!

  3. !aipi - yes very healthy
    @Hari & @Shanti - thanks . Glad you liked it.

  4. Very new recipe dear, looking lovely.

  5. wow i love this ghanta tarkari ...i remember when i was in school ,we use to get special half day off for the pooja n that day all my oriya friends invite me to have this ghanta tarkari n they use to parcel some for my family too :)
    thanks for sharing n bring back sweet memories..


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    Wonderful recipe. I liked the name and also the presentation. Looks delicious.

  7. new and nice recipe with lot of healthy veggies

  8. The ghanta looks simply delicious and healthy too.

  9. @Satya - glad you could remember about your school days - those were the best days!
    @pratibha, @babli, @jeya, @gouri - thanks

  10. Nice way to have vegetables and sprouts,looks very healthy and loved the recipe too as its really simple

  11. Dear Somoo
    KuaDe thila ete dina?
    I like the recipe ...and the dish ....I wish I knew it, when my children used to hate Vegetables.....
    I like the spicing ..,.will try....
    I have put a Kanika recipe ( Not the Prabhu Jagannath one, but the marriage one )...I would like to hear your version on Kanika ..

    Bad news is, my friend could not get your MIL's cook book in Bhubaneshwar. The book shop did not have it ..can you please send me the publisher's name and phone No ( send it to my e mail)
    I had invited friends and had a Oriya menu...Kanika, Buta dali, Besara with ambula and vege and chuna machha, chhinchDa with fish head,Mausha (meat), Dahi barandi ( sweet and sour brinjal dumplings in Dahi), " Bilati baaigaNa" Khata and " Chhena poDo"..and 1 pc of Arisha pitha ( your recipe) for the road....It was a great success...

    Bhala thiba

    PS. you are my 1st blog follower, so you are very special to me ....

  12. hey somoo,
    hope u r doing good :) new dish....havent heard of this b4, healthy recipes alwys are eye catching and special, thanks for sharing

  13. Interesting recipe...looks so wonderful

  14. A very interesting recipe. Looks fantastic!

  15. lovely healthy dish.

  16. hey, this is really nice recipe... with so many colors and pulses

  17. wow, so many helathy ingrdnt. in one's a nutrition powerhouse dish, looks yumm...I'm Indrani of Appyayan, am blogging from recipe junction now..visit me


  18. New & healthy to give a try..thx for sharing.

  19. @Indrani - like your new blog
    @Poonam and @kothiyavanu - thanks!

  20. That is a nice recipe out there. SUre gonna try this.

  21. Recipe is very new to me,all the veggies together looks and sounds healthy!!!

  22. nice and healthy recipe, will be trying it soon.

  23. yes very healthy! let me know if you try it...

  24. Ghanta is very new to me. Now its in my first place in 'to try' list:) Like the way it has many colorful veggies. Beautiful dish dear.

  25. its very new recipe to me .... But looks healthy & delicious......

  26. u take long time to post, but everytime the recipe is unique..this one too..

  27. Thanks Shubha. Thats a very nice compliment. I have loads of stuff going on at work and in life, trying to balance everything, including this...

  28. Thanks for your lovely comment. Awaiting for your new post.

  29. Sounds interesing and healthy I love ur recipes and the picture with veggies is awesome..

  30. Delicious! Sooo healthy and looks so so yum :-)

  31. Healthy one but name doesnt matter!!! Sometimes no reason why certain things are named this way or that way but getting to call a new name becomes difficult!!!

  32. looks really good and tempting. First time here. Check out mine if u get a chance.

  33. Thanks for your lovely comment.
    Awaiting for your new recipe.

  34. Hey First time here...yummilicious blog to visit often :) Do visit my space !!


  35. thats my fav it with khichdi. the name is unique dint know about it.

  36. @Sayantani - made up the name as a kid... Glad you liked it...

  37. Love the name. Looks very nutritious. Like the chorchori in our cuisine. But I love the idea of "sprouts" in it.

  38. @Preoccupied - yes a lot like the chorchori...

  39. Hey!!
    Fell completely in love with ur recipes. I always loved Ghanta and other oriya food but i never actually learnt to make them. So wen i got married few months back it really felt like a task to make some food in kitchen.

    So i searched the net and got to ur blog today. It's simply gr8 to know that u r popularizing our oriya food. I'm gonna try these now.

    plz visit my blog

  40. Thanks for dropping by! Love to see another oriya around!

  41. ow ! unique dish and high on health quotient too...will surely make this one...