Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gujarati Series - Chora Daal-Fenugreek Dhokla

Dhoklas can be made from a variety of ingredients- Chana Daal, moong daal, Besan to name a few. This time around, I made them from Chora daal.
This is fairly easy, and is perfect for weekend lunches.

Ingredients-

1.5 cups Chora Daal
1/2 cup yellow moong daal
1 bunch- fresh or frozen Methi or Fenugreek leaves
2-3 large - chili peppers ( for heat)
1 large piece - ginger
4-5 cloves garlic
1 small bunch cilantro
1 heaping tbsp - besan flour
1 tsp- jeera (cumin) seeds
salt, sugar to taste
1 tsp- Eno or Fruit Salt

Soak Chora Daal and the yellow moong daal together for at least a few hours. When ready to make the dhokla, grind the daals together with the jeera seeds and some salt. The mixture should resemble an Idli batter and should not be too thick or too thin. Grind the peppers, ginger , garlic and cilantro. Add this to the batter along with the sugar and some more salt. Adjust to your taste. Leave the batter aside for 15 minutes, and then add the methi leaves and besan to it. Stir well.
When ready to steam the dhoklas, add the eno to it. This will make them fluffier.
Pour the dhokla batter into a sprayed cake pan. Steam on medium high for at least 15-20 minutes. You may temper them with some mustard seeds and curry leaves. I left them just as they were. Serve with Cilantro-Mint chutney and some hot tea or coffee for a perfectly healthy lunch!

Variation- Add some spinach leaves to the batter instead of Fenugreek leaves.

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35 comments:

SASHREE said...

thanks for visiting my site trupti,
nice gujju dokhla..i luv besan dokhlas..but fenugreek is a new one for me

Sangeeth said...

these dhoklas are great..i hav always wanted to make some...will try ur version .....

Swati Raman Garg said...

ur version looks good... n that greens:) n yeah i didnt see this in taste of india...

Aparna said...

Thanks Trupti, for visiting and the suggestion. I shall definitely try the cardamom as I'm planning to make one more batch before the rains set in.

Meera said...

My mom-in-law also makes the similar dhokla but also adds chana daal an urad daal in the batter. ur dhokla looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. & also thanks for the link.

delhibelle said...

wow trupti, you make dhoklas better than i make toast! Looks great as usual:)

Cynthia said...

Choora daal - that's a new one for me. Never heard of it before.

Vani said...

That sure looks, nice, T! I've not tried chora dal before. Have bookmarked your handvo recipe.
oh, btw, did I update you on the sabudana khichdi? The taste was fab but I managed to screw up the texture of the sabudana anyway! Then I read that the small sabudanas are the not the easiest to manage. Will buy the bigger ones next time. Hugs to the kids! I hope youa re all settled in your new place.

Kumudha said...

These dhoklas look so pretty! Thanks for sharing traditional recipe.

Sia said...

never heard of chora dal. got to do little research on that. i am huge fan of ur dhoklas(donno hw many times i already mentioned it;) and next time i am planning to make it with cornmeal.

hetal said...

Nice and healthy dhoklas...

Jyothsna said...

Never heard of chora dal but it is interesting how dhoklas adapt themselves to various ingredients.

Mallika said...

I like the twist to the standard dhokla you have here. You know, I've been trying to access your blog for ages and it would keep saying I didn't have permission to read it. Really pleased to have found my way back here!

Pooja said...

this is so innovative trupti. it looks yummy . mane to modha ma pani aavi gyu joine j .
Lovely pics too :).
I made stuffed bhindi using your recipe yesterday , it was big hit :). will post about that on my blog sometime :).

Vcuisine said...

Love your native recipes Trupti. Prepared Corn Dokla and enjoyed the taste with coriander chutney. A handy tiffen. Happy to see you again in blog world. Hope kids are doing fine. Take care. Viji

k said...

Thanks for dropping over at my site.
I had never heard of this dal.
Thanks for sharing.
The dhoklas look delicious. have to try them.
k

Shilpa said...

Wow...lovely dhoklas
Hey...somehow I didn't see your posts on TOI. Have you registered there(or did I miss the posts?)

Spillay said...

Yum.... this really looks delicious :) . Must try....

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kaavyaskitchen said...

Thanks a ton for making this site accesible again Trupti...i really missed it while it was invitation only. Have tried your adadiya and gota and they were so good...keep the good work going .
roshni

Sandeepa said...

i am not sure I have had this dal, or maybe by some other name. Dhoklas are always yummy

Linda said...

ooh, a new way with chora dal! The dhokla looks really great :)

Sireesha said...

Thanks for visiting my site trupti,
nice gujju dokhla..i know besan dokhlas but not ur version.Ur version looks good and yummy.Thanks for sharing...

Madhavi said...

Awesome Dhokla recipe, looks mouth-watering!!! mane bolavso dhokla khava ? :))

Mansi Desai said...

This is such an interesting take on dhokla Trupti! mast chhe!:)

I'm hosting the monthly mingle-appetizers event on my blog, and these would be a great addition to the roundup. I'd love if you could participate!:)

Manasi said...

I love Dhokla in ALL its variations! Hope I can get some Chora Daal in the Indian store here! I'd like to try this!

Sree said...

Have never tasted a dokhla.This one looks good.Nice pics.

Devi Priya said...

Yummy and healthy recipe. Will try this and will let you know.

Priya

Coffee said...

Methi in dhokla??!! I am going to try that next!

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

This looking delicious! I am really intimidated by the idea of making dhokla- you sound like u made really short work of this though! Maybe one day when I have time and am feeling particularly brave ...:D

BE YOUR BEST said...

I like your blog with all of the recipe. I have a friend who ran a motel in MO and left about two years ago, but I got her to show me how to make quite a few Gujarati recipes. One favorite maybe a type of Shaak that has brocoli that is steamed with black mustard see, turmeric, cumin then you put about 3 tsp. of cornmeal and cook it. I don't know what it is called but it is one of my favorite dishes to make.

fanatika said...

Dhokla! \m/
Cannot articulate further, sorry.
Thanks, I found everything I wanted about Gujju cuisine here. :) Now for the ingredients..

Smitha said...

My hubby loves gujju food. WIll surely try this one. It sure is a new and fresh recipe.Never seen a dhokla recipe with such differnt ingredients. Love it

Purvi said...

Hello Trupti,

I want to try this recipe - what do you mean by Chora Daal? Is it the chola (black eyed beans) that we get?

Thanks,
Purvi

Supriya said...

Hey Trupti, I visited your blog for the first time and loved your shared recipes. This place is a treasure house of traditional Gujrati cuisine!! We both love Gujrati food and I plan to try your recipes one by one. Keep up your awesome work!!

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