Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sooji Dhoklas

Dhoklas are a very popular tea time snack in Gujarat. So far ,I've soley relied on either MTR or gits for my Dhoklas!
I recently came across a instant Dhokla recipe in one of the throw away magazines found in Indian stores. It called for idli batter mixed with besan to make Dhokla! I was very tempted to give it a try as idli batter is a staple in my household.

I also did a lot of research to see if anyone has used this method. And of course no one did!

During this process I found gazillion recipes for sooji dhokla which could be steamed, microwaved or even baked.
Anyways I tried both the idli batter and sooji won andthe star was the sooji dhokla! I am not even gonna talk about the idli batter stuff!

What I used:
1 cup Sooji (un roasted, fine is what i had)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup yogurt well beaten
1 jalapeno pepper
1/4" ginger peeled and grated
salt to taste
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp Eno fruit salt

For Tadka/ tempering

1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds

To Garnish:
1 tbsp grated coconut (optional)
lots of cilantro

How i did :

  • Mix oil and Sooji ina bowm and set aside.
  • To the yogurt add the chillies, ginger, salt and turmeric.
  • Add the yogurt mixture to the sooji and mix well.
  • Reserve 2 tbsp of water from the 3/4 th cup of water that you will add to the sooji.
  • add water to the above mixture and make a thick batter.
  • Let it sit for 15 -20 mins.
  • Grease any circular container with non stick spray.
  • Add water , just enough to steam the dhoklas in a pressure cooker and let it boil.
  • Add Eno fruit salt to the 2 tbsp reserved water. It will fizz out and add this to the sooji mix just befor you steam the dhoklas.
  • Adding Eno should be the last step as you don't want to let those bubbles from ENO go waste. They help in rising the dhokla.
  • Add the sooji mix to a greased apn and steam the dhoklas without weight in the cooker for 15 mins.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  • Once cooled for 10 mins, invert it on a serving platter.
In a pan heat oil and add the mustard seeds. Once the pop add the sesame seeds, chillies and do the tadka.
Add this tadka on top of the dhoklas.
garnish with cilantro and coconut.
Serve with coriander chutney and enjoy with a steaming cup of masala chai!
 I am dedicating this dish to my favorite Mahatmaji for CID 2010.

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  1. that looks all time fav.
    can u send me some :)

  2. Love to have them anytime.Looks delicious.

  3. Yummy dhoklas, love the look of it.

  4. wow dhoklas looks so soft n tempting...i must try them


  5. Wow... really very innovative one... simply lvoe it dear....

  6. Never heard of sooki dhoklas, so very new, but they look delicious :)

  7. The dhoklas look really scrumptious. Thanks for submitting it to Steamy Kitchen Event.

  8. Dhoklas look delicious and tasty, with beautiful clicks..


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