Tea time treat…
These sunshine yellow, savory cakes made with chickpeas flour make for a popular tea time treat in India. Soft, moist and fluffy, dhoklas are served with spicy green chutney and best choice with a cup of hot ginger infused tea!
Quick and easy to make, this recipe is a keeper. I was happy to have come across a fantastic video tutorial on how to make a microwave dhokla. The video is self-explanatory and you can tweak the seasoning as per your taste.
To make the batter
1 cup gram flour/chick pea flour
1 cup yogurt
1/3 cup water (to make batter)
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp salt
1tsp finely chopped green chili
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tsp Eno fruit salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds, white
2 tsp sugar
5 green chilies
10 curry leaves
1 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
Grease a microwave dish and set aside.
Add gram flour/chickpeas flour, yogurt and water in a bowl. Mix to make a smooth batter.
Mix it for 2-3 minutes and then add rest of the ingredients: ginger, salt, turmeric and green chili. Mix well.
Add 1 tsp sugar and 1 tbsp oil and mix well again.
Add the Eno (fruit salt) in the batter and mix it. At this point, we need to immediately transfer the batter into the greased pan after mixing it.
Keep it in microwave for 4 min on high power.
Take out the dhokla from microwave after 4 minutes.
Slice into square pieces.
Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and wait for 30 seconds.
Now add green chili( make a small gash, so they do not explode) and curry leaves.
Add a cup of water and about 2 tsp sugar and lemon juice.
Mix well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
Now pour the seasoning on to the dhokla pieces.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and desiccated coconut.
Yields 10 pieces.
So next time, you get a craving for something savory, microwave yourself a dhokla!
My dhokla inspiration
Note: Eno is an effervescent fruit salt and available at Asian shops.
Curry leaves or curry patta is available at Indian shops.