I decided to participate in the Indian cooking Challenge, started by Srivalli of Spicing Your life. We are supposed to cook the selected recipe for the month and post it on the last date of the month.For this month, it is Khaman Dhokla. This gave me a chance to cook something for my parents while in Banglore.My mom makes dhoklas regularly and was skeptic about my measurements. I usually don’t measure the ingredients much unless I am baking. Even for the dhoklas,I just made sure that my mixture resembles the consistency of idli batter and they came out fluffy and soft, much to mom’s amazement.
Here is the recipe:
Gram flour – 1 Cup
Curd- 1/2 Cup
Water – 1/2 Cup
Oil – 1tbsp
Chili paste( using 1-2 chilies) or Chili powder
Sugar – 1tsp
lemon juice – 1/4 tsp
Eno – 1 packet (green colour fruit lime) + sprinkle or dust few bits on the plate
1. Mix curds and water. To this add the besan and mix well to get a lump less batter, the consistency should be of idli batter, Keep it aside to rise for 1 hour.
2.To the mix, add citric acid, oil, salt, sugar, chili and turmeric powder.
3. Grease either idli plates or a pan . Meanwhile, pour water in to the pressure cooker and put it on the stove.
4. Just before cooking, add the Eno Salt to the batter , pour it in the plates and steam it for 5-8 minutes, till a knife comes out clean.
5. Let the dhoklas sit for 10 minutes, cut them into pieces and then pour 1tsp oil + 2tsp water mix on the dhoklas.
6.For seasoning, heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, sesame seeds, mustard seeds and finely chopped green chilies. When mustard starts popping, remove and pour over the dhokla
These dhoklas can be had with green chutney or Tamarind chutney. We had it with Tamarind chutney.