Dhokla (ઢોકળા) is a vegetarian food item that originates from the state of Gujarat. It is made with a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish, or as a snack.
· Gram flour (besan) sieved 2 cups
· Yogurt beaten 1 cup
· Salt to taste
· Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
· Green chilli-ginger paste 1 teaspoon
· Oil 2 tablespoons
· Lemon juice 1 tablespoon
· Soda bicarbonate 1 teaspoon
· Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
· Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons
· Coconut scraped 1/2 cup
1. Take gram flour in a bowl. Add yogurt and approximately one cup of warm water and mix. Avoid lumps. Add salt and mix again.
2. Leave it aside to ferment for three to four hours. When gram flour mixture has fermented, add turmeric powder and green chilli-ginger paste. Mix. Heat the steamer. Grease a thali.
3. In a small bowl take lemon juice, soda bicarbonate, one teaspoon of oil and mix. Add it to the batter and whisk briskly. Pour batter into the greased thali and place it in the steamer.
4. Cover with the lid and steam for ten minutes. When a little cool, cut into squares and keep in a serving bowl/plate.
5. Heat remaining oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, remove and pour over the dhoklas.
6. Serve, garnished with chopped coriander leaves and scraped coconut.