“Dhunavari” (Tangkasnet) is a traditional Gujjuris Punjabi dish that has been handed down from generation to generation. It’s made with cooked turmeric paste, rice flour, yogurt, raisins, and boiled and mashed chickpeas.
Dhunavari is served as a starter to any meal or snack. It can be prepared on a big table, if you don’t want to share. Most Indian homes have a dining table full of dishes prepared for every meal.
The main ingredient in the dish is the tanks, which are small noodles of split peas or chickpeas. The tanks (also known as this) is cooked in a paste with ingredients like cream, almonds, rose water and chutney. You can also add whole raisins, blanched and crushed cashews, pistachios, post nuts, dried mango powder, or cinnamon powder. Usually the ingredients are heated slowly in oil until they turn to paste.
Normally, this dish is served with a slice of tandoori fish fillets. These are thickly cut and slow cooked on the stovetop until they turn into a golden brown color and then are removed and served with a topping like butter, cilantro, mint chutney, and various types of chillies.
The dish is best enjoyed with different variations of side dishes, depending on how you like your tanks. Some variants that you can use with it include, asafetida, tandoori masala, pilau rice, vegetable dals, fried rice, and vegetable rotis.
Besides the traditional taste, tangkasnet can also be prepared in an all-coconut flavor. All you need to do is to bake the coconut in coconut milk, throw the coconut and the cooked chickpeas together, add a little hot oil, salt, and some sugar and voila!
A variation of tangkasnet is the Gujjuris Panang Mangkat consisting of chopped tomatoes, butter, curry powder, coriander leaves, chopped onions, and fried chillies. This dish can be served with egg, or bread. To prepare this delicious recipe, you just need to add the tomato sauce, the butter, the curry powder, the coriander leaves, chopped onions, and the fried chillies.
Other variations of gujjuris panang that you can use include roasted paneer, coriander rice, boiled eggs, and fried rice. You can serve this in combination with chicken, mutton, beef, or even fish.