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dhokla recipe

DHOKLA:

DHOKLA recipe

Ingredients You'll Need
Before we begin, gather the following ingredients for making Dhokla:

For the Dhokla Batter:
1 cup besan (gram flour)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (curd)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste

For the Tempering:
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1-2 dry red chilies
8-10 curry leaves
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Freshly chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Grated coconut for garnish (optional)

For Adding Eno Fruit Salt:
1 teaspoon Eno fruit salt
1 tablespoon water
Making the Dhokla Batter

Let's start by preparing the flavorful Dhokla batter:
Step 1: Mixing the Besan and Yogurt In a mixing bowl, combine besan, plain yogurt, and water. Whisk the mixture until you get a smooth and lump-free batter. Add lemon juice, ginger-green chili paste, turmeric powder, sugar, and salt. Mix well to incorporate all the flavors.

Step 2: Preparing the Tempering Grease a flat-bottomed dish or a thali with oil to prevent sticking. In a small pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter. Add asafoetida (hing), dry red chilies, and curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds until the curry leaves turn crisp. Pour 1/4 cup of water into the tempering and bring it to a boil. Add sugar and lemon juice to the boiling water and mix well. Turn off the heat and keep the tempering aside.

Step 3: Adding Eno Fruit Salt In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of Eno fruit salt with 1 tablespoon of water. Add the Eno mixture to the Dhokla batter and stir gently. The batter will become frothy and airy. Steaming the Dhokla

Now it's time to steam the Dhokla:
Quickly pour the frothy Dhokla batter into the greased dish or thali. Tap the dish gently to spread the batter evenly. Place the dish in a steamer or a large vessel with water and cover it with a lid. Steam the Dhokla on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Once steamed, turn off the heat and remove the Dhokla from the steamer. Serving Dhokla

Your delicious Dhokla is now ready to be served:

Tips for the Perfect Dhokla
To ensure a soft and spongy texture, do not overmix the batter after adding Eno fruit salt.
You can add finely chopped green chilies or grated carrot to the batter for extra flavor and color.
If you don't have Eno fruit salt, you can use baking soda as a substitute, but the texture may differ slightly.

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