Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sooji Ka Dhokla

Sooji Ka Dhokla- Dhokla's have lot of variety, this is one of the most enjoyed recipe all over the world. An Gujarati dish, But a tasty fast food all over the world. I have known 3 different recipes to make this one Dhokla, what i loved and make is flavorful and quick. Dhokla's are healthy and can be a good side dish on your vrath (Fasting) days. Preparing this doesn't require any extraordinary ingredients as this can be prepared with ingredients at home that are used day to day. They are so light and a prefect snack with Hot Masala Tea. Usually we make Dhokla and garnish it with Simple Ingredients. But we can also make these dhokla's a bit heavy and make it a party dish.(Look out for these in coming up post).


Sooji (Semolina)           – 2 cups
Oil                                – 2 Tbsp
Carom Seeds (Ajwain) – 1/4 tsp
Ginger                          – 1 tsp
Green Chili                   – 2
Salt                              – 1 tsp or to taste
Water                           – 1 cup
Yogurt                          – 1 cup, well beaten
Turmeric Powder         – 1/4 tsp
ENO Fruit Salt             – 2 tsp

To Garnish

Oil                               – 2 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds            – 1 tsp
Sesame Seeds             – 2 tsp
Green Chilies               – to taste, slit
Cilantro                       – 10 sprigs, finely chopped
Curry Leaves              – few leaves
Coconut                      – Finely grated  (Optional )


In a Bowl, Add Sooji, Oil and Ajwain and mix them well making sure there are no formation of lumps.  Make paste of the ginger and green chilli.
Add Yogurt , Green chilli & Ginger paste, Salt, Turmeric Powder and then mix them well. Add water to the mixture just to make sure that the mixture doesn't too thick (Ideally it needs to be like Idliy/Dosa Batter) Leave the Batter to set for few hours. 
Prepare a stock pot or tall pressure cooker with 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water & Bring it to a boil. (You can also use Kadai and add water for about a 1 inch, once it comes to boil; keep the plate in the middle and cover the Kadai. ) Before transferring the batter to the plate add ENO fruit salt to the batter and mix well. The batter will foam up.Pour batter immediately into the Dhokla plates (filling it only half a way up) and place Dhokla into the vessel. NOTE: If using a pressure cooker, do not place the weight or whistle on the cooker.
Cook the Dhokla for 15-20 mints, to check if its done insert a knife and if it comes out clean then it should be done.

For the seasoning, heat Oil in a small skillet on medium heat.Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.
Add Sesame Seeds and allow them to pop (keep a cover handy to the seeds don’t pop at you). Add slit Green Chilies and let them cook for 30 – 40 seconds.Add Coconut grated, Chopped Cilantro Leaves and then pour it over the top of the Dhokla.

Cut Dhokla into desired square pieces and serve with mint/coriander chutney.


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