Shepu Bhaji

Shepuchi Bhaji Recipe is a simple, quick stir-fry that uses fresh dill leaves. These light feathery leaves called Shepu in Marathi are loaded with nutrients and extremely healthy.

Shepu Bhaji

Shepu Bhaji

Recipe by Ushakal GroupCourse: Main Course, Veg, Veg BreakfastCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 1 bunch dill leaves – about 4.5 to 5 cups tightly packed dill leaves

  • ⅓ cup moong dal – soaked in ½ cup hot water

  • 1 medium onion – chopped or ⅓ cup chopped onion

  • 1 green chili, roughly chopped

  • 3 to 4 small to medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • 1 medium tomato or ½ cup chopped tomatoes

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 pinch of hing (asafoetida)

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • salt as required


  • Preparation
  • First, rinse ⅓ cup moong dal in plain water a couple of times. Then soak the dal in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Then pluck the leaves from the dill leaves. Rinse them very well in water. Drain in a strainer or colander. Keep aside. You will need 4.5 to 5 cups of tightly packed dill leaves.
  • In a mortar-pestle, crush 3 to 4 small to medium garlic cloves and 1 green chili, coarsely.
  • Then chop the dill leaves. Also, chop 1 medium-sized onion and 1 medium tomato. Keep aside.
  • Making Shepu Bhaji
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan.
  • First, add the crushed ginger-garlic and saute for a few seconds till the raw aroma of garlic goes away.
  • Then add chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, and 1 pinch of hing (asafoetida).
  • Stir and saute till the tomatoes become slightly soft.
  • Then add the drained moong dal and the chopped dill leaves and mix.
  • Season with salt. Stir and mix well.
  • Cover the pan with a rimmed lid. Add water to the lid. On a low flame cook the bhaji.
  • Do check after each 3 to 4 minutes by carefully removing the lid. If the water on the lid dries up, then add some more water. In case the bhaji and dal start to stick at the pan, then sprinkle or add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Cover with the rimmed lid and then cook shepu bhaji.
  • Cook till the moong dal has softened.
  • Once done, serve shepuchi bhaji hot or warm with chapatis.


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