Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Khaman Dhokla with chai


Khaman dhokla is a steamed savory cake with mild spices. The basic ingredient is chickpeas flour. These steamed cakes are so fluffy that they almost melt in your mouth. This was gujju staple but is now famous and savored across India. They are the most common site in almost all the sweetmeat/halwai shops in India.Traditionally this was a time consuming affair for it involved soaking pulses in right proportion for More than 6 hours. Then grinding this to a fine paste and fermenting it. The entire process was Lengthy and time consuming. Well there are other methods to make dhokla which does not involve Soaking, grinding but only requires fermentation. You have to take besan/chick peas flour ( there is a special besan called dhokla besan or heera besan) and mix it with buttermilk & ferment it overnight. Add spices, soda bicarb+ citric acid or eno fruit salt and steam it. In today’s fast paced life sometimes you do not get time, well Now you have an option of ready to cook off teh shelf products. Many companies like Gits, swad etc have come up with a range of products that have made our lives simpler. These ready to cook products are very good since all that you need to do is mix the ingredients and cook for the mentioned time. these are a boon especially for working women who have unexpected guests. These are also a boon for non-working women when they have unannounced guests knocking their doors.

I had some guests/friends coming over for a chai but still decide to go ahead and make khaman dhokla ; Since I knew of their arrival ahead of time I made dhokla from scratch. Everyone really appreciated the efforts and I loved the way KD came out. This was excellent with ginger chai.


Ingredients
1 cup rice ( I used basmati rice)
3/4 cup channa dal-skinless (Bengal Gram)
3/4 cup yoghurt or dahi ( I used dannon non fat yogurt)
1 tbs. fresh coriander leaves chopped ( for garnish)
1 tbl spn green chillies paste
1 tbs. sugar

For Tempering/tadka:
1 tbs spn oil
1 tsp spn mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida
curry leaves
1 tbs spn desiccated coconut

Method:

Clean, wash & soak lentils and rice overnight. Grind coarsely with a very little water to a batter consistency(Almost like Idli batter).Now mix in the yoghurt, whisk very lightly. Leave it for fermentation for about 6-8 hours. ( People add Eno fruit salt and skip the fermentation process but I wanted to take the longer route so I fermented it the natural way). Next morning add green chillis , salt and sugar to this. Mix very slowly. Lightly grease the vessel in which dhokla will be cooked. Pour the batter in the vessel. Steam for 20 mins. I used my pressure cook withour the pressure for steaming.
After about 15 mins check if KD is cooked. open the vessel and insert a knife, remove it; if its clean KD is ready. If not let it steam for some more time. Remove the vessel of heat and let it cool.Cut Kd in small pieces; Lets garnish it with our tempering.
In a sauté pan Heat oil, add mustard seeds. Add asafoedita+ curry leaves. Remove off the heat and pour this over the dhokla.garnish with chopped coriander leaves, desiccated coconut.
Serve this with tamarind chutney, tastes excellent.
KD were very fluffy and soft. I was pleased with this recipe and the outcome. I hope you are too.See you over the weekend for something delicious.

32 comments:

Seena said...

Pooja,
have never taken this.pic looks lovely.Thanks for the recipe, dear.

Asha said...

Dhoklas look so soft and fluffy.Good job.Love the color too:))

TBC said...

Your dhoklas look good. Now is yogurt normally added? I don't add it when I make it. Must try this version.

Pooja V said...

Hey seena, You Must try them. They taste so good i m sure u'll love it.

Hi Asha: Thanks !! Can i send u some ?

Hi TBC: I am not sure whether it is an compulsion but the lady who taught me to make these had this version.

Suganya said...

I have to try this. Looks yum!

Pooja V said...

Hi Suganya..I m sure u'll love it n dont forget to tell me how they come out.

Tee said...

wow! your dhoklas look awesome!! I have never made khaman dhokle like this. I normally soak mixed dals or only chana dal and then make them. will try out your recipe next time.:)

Pooja V said...

Hi tee: If you like khaman dhokla thn you will love this. very fluffy and soft !!

Rajitha said...

pooja..the dhoklas look soo fluffy and delicious...my dhoklas are a big flop.. i must try ur recipe

Priya Dilip said...

WOw.. i love khamman dhokla... its just one of my fav gujju snack.. i have to try this...

Pooja V said...

Hi Rajitha:Thanks !! I am sure this recipe will work for u !!

Hi Priya Dilip: Its my fav gujju snack too.... Let me know if you liked this version since they come out really really well.

Jeena said...

Lovely post Pooja I bet it was delicious looking at your photo. :)

bee said...

i like this better than the instant besan version. thanks for the recipe.

Pooja V said...

Hi Jeena: Thanks :) !U bet !! they were very flavourful!

Hi bee: Yeah this tastes better than the besan version though this requires a little bit of planning !

lakshmi said...

you have such neat recipes. :). bookmarked.

Pravs said...

Dhokla looks so good. Have not tried so far to make this.

bindiya said...

love khaman dhokla and your recipe seems great! will surely try it

Padmaja said...

Pooja!!
simple and nice!!!
wish i can make dhoklas this good!!

Padma said...

This looks awesome! and its so soft n fluffy, first time to your blog and you have great collection of recipes... Well is there any microwave dhokla recipe? pls lmk

Pooja V said...

Hi lakshmi : Thanks !!Keep dropping by !

Hi Pravs: I think u should try it. If i can make it thn anyone can make it.

Hi bindiya : Loved that you stopped by.

Hi Padmaja:I am sure you can make much better then this..just give it a try girl.

Hi Padma: Thanks !! I am not really sure if i have the microwave recipe but i'll dig up and let you know.

Laavanya said...

These look so good... I've always used the instant mix. Must try this version.

Priya said...

Hey Pooja...This looks awesome...u know i have never tried making dhoklas from scratch...always use the ready pack and make it..but this looks simple to make and also looks yummy :)...

Pooja V said...

Hi Laavanya: If you like KD frm instant pack then you will absolutely love this. tastes better and no preservatives or added flavours.


Hi Priya : U must try this or when you plan to drop in lemme knw i will make this for you.

Kajal said...

WOW.....this is gujarti special dish.........Looks perfect my dear.....Nice work for that....I love this Khaman Dokla. Next time I will try your Tamarind Chutney for more taste.:)

Pooja V said...

HI Kajal said: yeah this is a total gujarti dish and its v delicious ( i aint bragging) n goes very well with tamarind chutney.

Savithri said...

Your dhokla looks wonderful! I am a huge fan of it and will have to try out the recipe sometime (or I might ask my mom to try making it for me!)

Pooja V said...

Hi Savithri: Therez nothing like "Ma ke hath ka khana".

Shella said...

I love Dhokla Pooja. I guess they are such a healthy snack that I cant just stop at one

Pooja V said...

Hi shella : they r really delicious n just melt in ur mouth n before u even know it , you have another piece in your hand.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Hey!this is one recipe I was looking for! Your Dhoklas look exactly like the ones I tasted 25 years back in Nagpur, in a friends home!Bookmarking to try very soon!

Pooja V said...

Hi Latha Narasimhan You must try it an dlet me know the results. I will b happy if It tasted the same.

Anonymous said...

Adding 3/4th cup curd and ferment it for 6 -8 hours the doklas were very fluffy but too very very very sour. please help