by: Maa Simply too good

Delightful, all time snack from the famous Gujarati cuisine, Dhokla, light and fluffy, savoury steamed cake, made with Gram flour.


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serves: 4

Ingredients for the batter :

2 cups of gram Flour | Besan

3 -4 Green Chilies

1 inch Ginger

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1/2 cup Butter milk

1 cups Water or as required

1 Lemon

1 tsp Unrefined cooking oil

1 tsp - 11/2 Eno Fruit Salt

Rock Salt powder as per taste

Ingredients for tempering :

1-2 tsp Mustard oil | Sesame oil | any other unrefined oil

1 tsp Mustard Seed

1 tsp Sesame seeds

3-2 Green chilies

1 tsp Brown Sugar

Ingredients for garnishing :

3 sprigs of Coriander leaves

1 tbsp Grated Coconut

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 321

  • Total Fat: 9 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.3 mg
  • Sodium: 689.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 47.6 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 7.9 g
  •     Sugars: 15.1 g
  • Protein: 14.9 g

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1.  Grind green chilies and ginger in a blender. Finely chop coriander leaves and grate coconut for garnishing. Grease the vessel in which the batter is to be steamed with 1/2 tsp oil.

2.  Sift the gram flour, add turmeric powder, buttermilk, blended green chilly and ginger mixture, lemon juice, oil, salt and water. Mix well, till no lumps are formed and the batter is smooth and of dropping consistency. Keep aside for 20 mins.

3.  In the meanwhile, heat water in a pressure cooker or a wide mouth vessel and bring water to boil.

4.  Fold in the Eno fruit salt gently into the gram flour batter, so that air bubbles formed remain. Now pour the gram flour batter into the greased vessel and immediately place the batter filled vessel, inside the cooker. Steam cook the batter in a pressure cooker, without the weight or in a wide mouthed vessel with a lid on. Watch out for cooked batter aroma, to help you decide when to switch off heat. It takes about 15 - 20 mins

5.  Upturn the steamed cake onto a plate and cut it into about 1 1/2 to 2 inches square pieces.

6.  Heat the oil for tempering, add mustard seeds, after they splutter, add sesame seeds, green chilies cut lengthwise, half cup water, sugar, and salt. Pour over the sliced, cut, steamed cake and garnish with finely chopped coriander and grated coconut.

7.  Vegan Version : Replace buttermilk with water and follow the above recipe. This version is a tad bit denser but nonetheless, tasty.

Cooks' note:
Make sure to add Eno fruit salt , just before steaming, for soft and spongy Dhoklas, as the end result.

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