I rarely get any “make this for me”,”make that for me” requests from my husband…He is usually content with what i prepare with no fuss(My dear one!)… But when he does request for something, that has always raised my level of cooking (ya, it has always till date!).. This is because he always asks for dishes i would have never imagined preparing at home..One such request was dhokla.. It seems he was reminded of his days in Gujarat and the yummy cuisine that they have.. But as for me, i had tasted dhokla only once or twice during my visits to bombay.. Thats it! Never thought of making it at home… So, then i started my google search for dhokla recipes and was truely amazed that this cute little thing is so easy to make, healthy and to top it all, very yummy!
I now make it at least once a week as a evening snack…It is far better than those deep fried snacks which people eat during tea time.. This is not the authentic recipe as i have customized it to our liking…
Health Benefits of Bengal gram flour: With its lower glycemic index, higher protein content, being gluten free and high nutritive value, this flour has a lot of health benefits like weight loss, controlling diabetes, heart health and reduced allergies..
For the batter:
1 Cup Bengal gram flour / Besan / Chickpea Flour
1 Cup Yogurt/Curd
1/4 Cup Semolina / Rava (Avoid if preparing gluten free)
1/2 Tbsp Sugar(Optional)
Salt to taste
2 tsp Eno fruit salt
For the seasoning:
2 tsp Oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
2 to 3 green chillies chopped finely
1/2 Tbsp sugar (Optional)
2 tbsp water
Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped to taste
1.Take a bowl and add the chickpea flour, semolina,salt and sugar to it and make a slightly thick paste adding curd and stirring in water little by little at a time..Mix well to form a lump free batter.. The batter should be neither very thick nor thin… It should be a pourable batter..Keep it aside..
2.Grease a microwave safe container with little oil…
3.Add Eno fruit salt to the batter and just fold it inside the batter..Do not over mix..
4.Pour the batter on to the container..
5.Place it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes at Max power..Every microwave is different so keep an eye on it…Dhokla is done when it is not sticky on the top surface…
6. Allow it to cool..
7.Prepare the seasoning by spluttering mustard seeds and cumin in oil and adding green chillies to it..Fry it for some time..Remove from flame and squeeze lemon into it.. Add sugar and water and mix well..
8.Remove the dhokla from the container and cut in desired shapes..Pour the seasoning over it..
9.Garnish with coriander leaves… Enjoyy as it is or with chutney!!
Note: You can alternatively steam the batter in a steamer till its done…