It may belong to Gujarati cuisine but dhokla is a favourite snack across India

Gujarati cuisine offers an array of delightful snacks. Of all these snacks, dhokla has a cult following across India and why wouldn’t it? It is a great low-calorie snack and most importantly, the dhokla recipe is easy to make. Dhokla is also easy to digest since it is made of fermented rice and dal batter. This bright yellow, fluffy cake is a popular savoury snack. You can have dhokla for breakfast, as a snack or serve it as a side dish with the main course. Make dhoklas at home with this easy dhokla recipe.

Dhokla Recipe
Serves: 4

Ingredients for Dhokla Recipe
For the batter
2 cups rice
1 cup chana dal (split chickpeas)
2½ teaspoon chilli, ginger and garlic paste
¾ cup sour curd
2 cup water
1½ teaspoon fruit salt or ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2½ teaspoon oil
Salt, as per taste

For tempering
¾ teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
5 to 6 curry leaves

Preparation for Dhokla Recipe
1. Soak the chana dal and rice in water for at least 8 hours.
2. Drain the excess water and grind the rice-dal mix into a smooth paste.
3. Add curd to the paste and mix well. Make sure that the batter is not too thick or too flowy. The consistency of the dhokla batter should be the same as the batter for idli.
4. Transfer the dhokla batter into a large bowl and cover it. Keep the batter in a warm place for at least 10 to 12 hours to allow it to ferment.
5. To the fermented batter, add chilli-garlic-ginger paste, fruit salt or baking soda, and salt. Mix the dhokla batter thoroughly. Remember to mix in one direction only. Add some oil to it and mix again for about a minute or until you notice bubbles on the surface.

Method for Dhokla Recipe
You can prepare the dhokla recipe using a steamer or microwave.

In a steamer
1. Grease the steamer moulds with some oil and pour the dhokla batter carefully. Fill the moulds to half of their capacity.
2. Pour some water at the bottom of the steamer and place the moulds inside.
3. Cook over a medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes. To check if your dhokla is ready, poke the centre with a toothpick or knife. If it comes out clean, your dhokla is ready.
4. Allow it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

In a microwave
1. Take a microwave-safe mould or pan and grease it with oil.
2. Pour the batter into this and place it in the microwave for about 5 to 10 minutes. Use the toothpick/knife trick to check if the dhokla is ready. If it isn't cooked, place it in the microwave again for 30 seconds to one minute.
3. Allow the dhokla to rest for a few minutes before serving.

For the tempering
1. Heat oil in a tempering pan and add mustard seeds, hing (asafoetida), cumin and curry leaves.
2. Once the ingredients start to splutter, add white sesame seeds.
3. Sauté the ingredients a little and pour it over the dhokla. Cut the dhokla into bite-sized squares and serve!

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A plate of freshly-made dhokla is incomplete without a chutney by its side. While dhokla is most commonly served with a simple coriander chutney, give your dhokla recipe a burst of flavour with these other chutneys suggested by chefs. 

Best Dhokla Places in Mumbai
No time to make the dhokla recipe? Don’t worry, these 8 places in Mumbai are known to serve the best dhokla in the city. In case you’re in the mood for a dhokla trail, don’t forget to visit these 8 places in Mumbai for the best dhokla.

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The basic dhokla recipe uses rice and chana dal for the dhokla batter but did you know about the other types of dhoklas? From toor dal to moong dal, check out the other ingredients you can use to make the dhokla recipe.

Indian Breakfast
The dhokla recipe will soon become your go-to option for breakfast. There are many other Indian snacks that are perfect for the first meal of the day. Check out this list for inspiration.
If you’re calorie conscious, this list of Indian breakfast dishes under 500 calories will come to the rescue.

Gujarati Thali
Has the dhokla recipe turned you into a fan of Gujarati cuisine? To know more about Gujarati cuisine, read all about the Gujarati thali.

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If all the dhokla recipe and Gujarati thali talk has you craving for Gujarati food, head to this Gujarati restaurant in Lower Parel, Mumbai.

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