Friday, 22 June 2007

Weekend Lunch Series: Sooji Dhokla (Semolina Dhokla)


Last week, I had the biggest craving for these Sooji Dhokla after having them at my aunt's house some time ago. I wasn't TOO happy with the results, but it was partly my fault, I was mixing the ingredients as my aunt had told me, and then I got a phone call. I left to attend that, came back and absentmindedly added some extra Besan- which I was NOT supposed to do....so the dhoklas weren't as light and airy as they should have been...but the taste! oh the taste was just fine...and after I tempered it with some Sesame & Mustard seeds...it was perfect!

Here is my aunt's recipe: Just don't overdo the besan like I did!
  • 1 cup: Sooji, Semolina
  • 1 tbsp: Besan, Chickpea Flour
  • Some sour yogurt: to blend
  • Green Chili-Ginger Paste- to taste
  • Salt, Sugar - to taste
  • 2 tsp: lemon/lime juice
  • 1/8tsp: turmeric and a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1tsp: of Eno or Soda
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
For the Tempering:
  • 1 tbsp: Oil
  • 1 tsp: Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp: Sesame Seeds
  • 1 chili- diced
  • 1/8tsp: Asafoetida
  • Cilantro to garnish (optional)
In a bowl, mix the Semolina,yogurt, salt, sugar, turmeric,baking powder and the green chili-ginger paste. Keep aside for 10 minutes. The consistency of this mixture should be like Idli batter...thick enough to pour into the steamer plates. The batter should not be too runny either.

When ready to steam the dhoklas, add the Lemon/lime juice and the Eno and mix really well, until frothy. Grease a thali or a cake pan with some oil and pour the batter. Steam these for 10-15 minutes, just as you would Idlis or Khamans.

If you don't have an Idli steamer available, take a large pot, fill it with water, put a rack on the bottom, place a stainless steel thali or plate with the dhokla mixture on top. Cover the lid and let the water boil. The dhoklas will be ready in 10-15 minutes.

When the dhoklas have cooled, cut into small pieces. Heat oil in a pan,add the asafoetida and the green diced chili. Add the mustard and sesame seeds. When the sesame seeds turn brown, add the dhokla pieces. Stir until the edges are browned and garnish with Cilantro.

Serve hot with some tea and pickles for a quick lunch.

140 comments:

Coffee said...

I am first!!!!!
Rava na dhokla koi divas nathi khadha..... Must be lighter than our normal dhokal right?

Anonymous said...

Hi Trupti,
dhoklas look fabulous. I'll definitely make them this weekend. I made your muthias with Kajal's green chutney and it was a big hit with my friends. "Yummo" as Rachel Ray would say.
--Kanchan

Jyothi said...

Looks perfect. Thanks for sharing.

DEEPA said...

wow!!trupti ..this is great and yummy ....Nice pic too ...Missed many things in ur blog ....will catch it up soon

bee said...

this is so much easier than idli. none of that fermenting, 'cos nothing ferments at my home. looks great.

Prema Sundar said...

sounds easy to make Trupti... thanks for sharing.

Richa said...

dhokla look yum :) cha saathey saras laagey, nai! have a good wknd!

Suganya said...

Looks great and its different from the usual rava upma.. I will try this sometime!

Jyothsna said...

Oh I was going to blog this, but you are here already!! Maybe another time :) The dhoklas look good!

Anonymous said...

Hi Trupti,

I have been wanting to make these dhoklas for quite sometime for its instantness, but wasn't sure of the recipe calling for besan as such. Thank you so much for sharing. I guess tomorrow will be its turn in my kitchen. I'll let you know how they come out.

Thanks for the Methi Bhathura recipe as well. For everytime I tried to make Bhathuras from scratch, its a big task for me to make sure that everything blends in well (yoghurt/egg etc.)

And thank you for introducing me to Rahul Sharma's music. I asked my husband to get me both the copies of "White" as well as "Maya" when he went to India on a business trip few days ago. I am enjoying both the albums.

Regards,
Isha.

Vini K said...

hmm,dhokla usong sooji,eh?got to try this one..you come up with the most innovative of recipes Trupti...I really admire your interest inspite of your busy life with two little heroes:)(not forgetting the Main hero,ofcourse;)

TheCooker said...

wow!
instant dhokla...this is new. they look fab

Archana, mama of twins said...

I love Dhoklas! This looks and sounds so good. I have an instant mix kind but yours sounds heavenly to try.. must do must do!

indosungod said...

Trupti, the Sooji Dhoklas look fantastic, cook and easy. I have to try this one.

Suganya said...

Trupti, I made this for tea this afternoon. I don't why but
1. It was bright rose in colour.
2. it tasted bitter.
I tried squeezing lemon to balance the bitterness, it din't help :(
Do you have any idea what went wrong?
This is my second attempt on dhokla, its again a failure. Guess I will never learn to make dhokla right :((

archana said...

This is a nice recipe. Suji with besan combo is new to me. Will certainly try this dhokla.

Linda said...

Trupti, that's similar to the recipe I got from Manjula's video.

Your dhoklas look so delicious and how did you get the browned edges!?!?! I want just about all of the samples you have there on that plate ;)

Vcuisine said...

Thanks for another Dhokla recipe Trupti. I read this recipe in one site, was waiting for your version :) Viji

Dee said...

they look fabulous, I'd prefer this to the besan ones!

sunita said...

The dhokla looks fab...so does your bhature and bharta...

Dumela said...

oh wow, this looks totally yummy.... hmmm, wish i cud reach in an taste a piece... thanks for the recipe...

The Cooking Ninja said...

It still looks super yummy to me. :)

Sheela said...

Hi Trupti,

Made the sooji dhoklas, came out great, check out the pics here-http://indianspicetrail.blogspot.com/2007/06/sooji-dhokla-from-truptis-spice-who.html

Kajal said...

Bas Dhokla nu naam pade atle modha ma pani pani......nice with sooji....I cook sooji dhokla with green chutney layer.....and say as sandwich dhokla.....mane to khavanu maan bhav chhe pan tu dur rahe chhe.:)

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Dilip said...

ohhh my you get cravings too...great dhoklas ben...great picture...

Mandira said...

sooji dhokla looks great trupti. Another way to spice up our weekend ;)

Vani said...

That looks absolutely delicious, T! I've never eaten fried-brown dhokla. Must give it a nice texture.
I thought I'd left a comment on your methi bature but perhaps not. It looks so good too. I love your tip of using instant pizza dough to make baturas. Will try that soon!
Hugs to you and the kids!

Sandeepa said...

This would be a real quick easy snack. Thanks trupti, hope to make this soon

trupti said...

Linda: I added the dhoklas to the pan,rather than the other way around, when tempering them,this way, I let them brown on their own!

trupti

Garrett said...

At first I thought those were potatoes! They look so filling, I be it would make for a great snack food at the office!

sapna said...

your post on dips is fabulous

Dumela said...

yummy, bookmarked to try....

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Sonu said...

Hi Trupti,
I am new at ur blog. ur Soji-dhokla recipe bahu mast che...m going to try it tomorrow. will let u knw abt my trial. but ur photos of dhokla is mouthwatering. thanks 4 recipe.
Sonu:)

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Vani said...

Hi T, tried the sooji dhokla last week & it was delicious! Will post the picture on my blog soon. Hope you are doing well & enjoying the warm sun! :)

Anonymous said...

hi,
i have tried dhokla many times..
bt dnt get it right..
is the consistency thick for rava dhokla and and runny for besan dhokla?
and while steaming the dhoklas in pressure cooker if the do not put lid on the dhokla vessel,there is water on the dhokla (from the lid of pressure cooker)..
pls reply.

thanks..

Trupti said...

Hi Anon,

The dhokla batter should be similar to idli, neither too runny nor too thick,make sure you grease the pan and I usually steam it in a pan with the lid on, just be sure you don`t have too much water in the pan below while steaming and keep the heat on medium high. I hope this works out for you!

-trupti

Purvi said...

Hello Trupti,

I am a gujju but never got around to make dhokla successfully. They also turn out to be watery for me somehow - I have tried several recipes.

Yesterday I gave this recipe a try and voila, my dhoklas turned out perfect............. Many thanks to you. Now I can proudly tell my friends I am a gujju (the first question they ask after I tell that is whether i know how to make dhoklas)

BTW I have been a reader of your blog for quite sometime now, and love all the recipes that you post. Just dont get around to try too many :-)

Thanks a ton for posting such a wonderful recipe!

-Purvi

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