Ghugni/White Peas Curry- Pressure Cooker

Ghugni/ Dried White Vatana/ White Peas Curry is an evening snack/ street food, which is popular in Eastern India, North India wherein dried white peas are cooked with gravy in the traditional Indian style. We had this for our lunch with Dhuska which is a classic combo.

Serves: 3 - 4

1 Cup Dried White Vatana/Peas
3 Baby 
Potatoes -  diced
1 Large 
Onion -  finely chopped
2 Medium Tomatoes - finely chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
Teaspoons Cumin powder
Teaspoons Level Red Chilly powder
½  Teaspoon Garam masala
3 Cloves Garlic - minced

½" Piece Ginger - minced
3 Tablespoons Oil
Salt to taste
2 Tablespoons chopped Coriander leaves
2 Green Chillies - slit & de seeded
Lemon Slices for garnish

Wash and soak the dried vatana/peas overnight. Next morning, drain the soaking water and wash it in fresh water. Pour this into a pressure pan add ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt, water above an inch of the vatana. Cover and cook on high flame for one whistle, reduce the flame to low and keep it for 10 -12 minutes. Switch off the flame and let the cooker cool. Open this and check if the vatana is cooked or else keep it for a minute or two more. I cooked it for exactly 12 minutes and they were perfectly done. Remove this into a bowl.
Heat the oil in  the same pressure pan. Add the minced ginger-garlic , fry till it starts to turn brown
add the onions and cook till they turn translucent. Add the diced tomatoes
 cook till they are mushy and oil separates.
Now, add the turmeric powder, cumin powder, red chilly powder, garam masala, mix well.
Add the  potatoes and  fry till the masala coats the potatoes.
 Now add the cooked peas along with the stock, mix lightly. Add little of the coriander leaves and about a quarter to half  cup of water (or  according to the consistency required). Bring this to a rolling boil, cover with the lid  and  take one whistle on high flame, reduce the  flame  and let it cook for 2 -3 minutes. Switch off the flame and let the cooker steam settle down.  
Open the cooker  and check the gravy consistency, if it is too watery then let it simmer open till it   thicken and  oil starts to surface.  Now add the slit green chillies and let is simmer for a minute.  The consistency of the ghugni is neither too thin nor too thick.  Switch off the flame, squeeze  half an lemon juice and mix well.
Garnish with sliced tomatoes, coriander leaves  and lemon  slices.
Enjoy with Dhuska, this is a classic combo.
Ghugni  can be enjoyed as a chaat or as a curry with any  Indian bread too.
Labels :  Chaat, Dried, Gluten free, Main course, North Indian, Peas, Snack, Vatana, Vegan,  Street food, Gluten free, Multicooker Monday  
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Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. This will make a great Meatless Monday dinner, thanks for sharing.

  2. So many wonderful flavors in this dish!!

  3. This sounds really amazing!! Plus, it's beautiful.

  4. This looks and sounds so good, pure comfort food.