Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dhokla: Steamed Gram Flour Snack

Khaman dhokla, a Gujarati traditional dish is a instant and very healthy steamed savory snack made out of fermented batter of gram flour, semolina and yoghurt that is served for festive meals. Rice and Urad dal are the main ingredients. Dhokla goes well with green chutney. .



2 cups bengal gram flour (besan)
1 cup yoghurt
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp green chilli paste
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lime juice
2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp black pepper roasted and coarsely ground
1 tsp sesame seeds
5 curry leaves
2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
1 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Warm water

Recipe Method:

Sieve the gram flour. Mix it with the yoghurt, ginger and green chilli pastes, turmeric powder, salt to taste, 1 tsp oil, lime juice and sugar and warm water to make a batter of pouring consistency. Mix well. Divide the batter into 3 equal portions. Keep aside to ferment for 10 hours.

Prepare the steamer and grease a pan to steam the dhokla in. Divide the baking soda into 3 equal portions and add one portion to the batter and 2 tsp of water. When the bubbles form, mix well.

Pour this batter into the greased dish and put it into the steamer.  Sprinkle black pepper powder evenly over it. Steam in a steamer for 10 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked.

Repeat with the remaining batter, adding the baking soda to each batch of batter just before steaming. Allow the steamed Dhokla to cool slightly and cut into diamond shaped equal pieces.

To temper, heat the oil in a wide pan and add the curry leaves, mustard and sesame seeds and green chillies. Fry till the seeds stop sluttering. Pour these into the warm water. Sprinkle this mixture all over the prepared Dhokla. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

Garnish with the chopped coriander and serve with Tamarind Chutney and Mint Coriander Chutney.

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