Friday, June 20, 2008

From out Guest Chef : Dhokla



Dhokla is an all time favorite. But I can never get it to look or taste like this.

This dhokla comes my way every couple of weeks our guest chef makes it. You will notice this is less like the traditional dhokla, and probably closer to the idli/dosa batters but our guest chef says this is guaranteed to dish out perfect, fluffy dhoklas every time.

To make dhokla:
Grind 1/2 cup urad dal and 1 1/2 cups rice to a powder. Mix with 1 cup yogurt - you might need more or less, just make sure you have a runny batter. Leave overnight to ferment.

In the morning, grind 1 tbsp corinader, 1/2 tsp ginger, 2 cloves garlic and 2 green chillies to a paste. Add this paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt to the batter. Mix well. Finally, add 1 tsp Eno and steam in a dhokla maker for 20 minutes. Let it cool slightly and cut into squares.

For the tempering, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds (rai) and curry leaves, saute for a few seconds, then pour over the dhokla squares. Garnish with coriander.

If you do not have a dhokla maker, you can steam your dhokla by heating some water in a pressure cooker, and placing the dhokla batter in a smaller dish on a mesh/stand so that it does not touch the water (cook it without the pressure whistle). You can even use your idli maker.

10 comments:

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

the dhokla looks yummy!! this is one of the many dishes I am yet to try!! :-) good job!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Dhokla looks YUM!. Turned out so perfect. Looks great. Lovly recipe....

Sunshinemom said...

very beautiful! Somehow my dhoklas have never turned out perfect till now! I have stopped trying!

Swati Raman Garg said...

i used to get dhoklas from juhu tara road... near sndt wala thakkars...
these look perfect..

i have a small something for you in my blog.. come over and check it :)

Shri said...

I always like to taste Dhokla,but haven't got the opportunity yet.Can you post the Dhokla maker's image?I wanted to try this.

Bharti Khemani said...

Dhoklas look great...you have a guest chef? Lucky. I wish I had a regular chef let alone a guest one. Yahan pe chef bhi hum hai aur khaane waale bhi hum hain...

bhags said...

i always wanted to try making this, but do not ever have the most important apparatus, the steamer....this one looks nice..

Srivalli said...

Dhokla..I can have it anytime..looks great!

Simran said...

Swati - thanks for my first ever award. You rock!

Bharti - my guest chef is my neibhour auntie. And she's promised to send a lot more Bombay specialities our way :)

Shri - I'd post the image as soon as I get hold of our guest chef/auntie. It's very similar to your standard steamer.

Bharti Khemani said...

Neighbor auntie..even better yaar!