Cookbook:Dhokla (Steamed Black Gram Bread)
|Dhokla (Steamed Black Gram Bread)|
Dhokla is a Gujarati snack that is made with black gram. It is not to be confused with khaman, a variant made from besan (chickpea flour). It is eaten as a side dish with the main meal and is usually tangy and slightly sweet in taste.
- Toast the rice and the dal in a pan over medium heat for 4–5 minutes.
- Allow it to cool, then grind into a semi-coarse powder. Put the powder in a bowl.
- Mix yoghurt and warm water into the powder. Mix thoroughly so that no lumps are formed and the batter is of pouring consistency.
- Add salt and let it ferment for 8–10 hours.
- Make a paste of ginger and green chillies.
- Once fermented, mix the ginger-green chilli paste with the batter.
- Grease a dhokla platter, thali, or other dish/tin.
- Boil water in the steamer/boiler.
- Set half the batter aside.
- In a small bowl, combine ¼ tsp soda bi-carbonate, ½ tsp oil, and ½ tbsp lemon juice. Add this to the batter and mix well. Repeat this for the remaining batter just before putting it in the steamer.
- Transfer the risen batter to the greased container, and place in the steamer. Steam for 8–10 minutes. Check by poking with a knife—if the knife comes out clean, it is cooked.
- Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve hot with green chutney.