Dhokla is a steamed lentil cake made with ground and fermented batter. Dhokla is a very popular snack from Gujarati cuisine. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish, or as a snack. There are many different types of Dhokla’s for e.g., Sandwich dhokla, Rava dhokla,mixed dal dhokla, Besan dhokla and Khaman dhokla amongst others.
I am always on a look out for healthy recipes especially those using some greens for my children. Both my children are very particular about their food and any sorts of greens do not go down well with them. Hence, I had to find some healthy tasty way to include greens in their diet.
I came across this Green Dhokla in a small café when I was driving from Ahmedabad to Baroda. One mouthful and it was so delicious that I had to ask for the recipe from the café owner. My children loved it too and didn’t realize that it is filled with healthy greens. Hence, this has become one of our family favorite for breakfast or even for tea time.
Fermentation brings about complex changes in the food in terms of taste, flavour, nutrition and enhances the texture and taste of the food. While making Dhokla when steaming the batter, some fruit salt (eno) or baking soda is added to give lightness, fluffiness and sponginess in the dhokla.
Mix 2 Cup of semolina with 1 Cup of Yogurt and mix it well to a smooth paste. Keep it undisturbed for about 1 hour. The sourness in yogurt ferments the semolina.
After an hour, mix coriander, fenugreek, spinach leaves and ginger chillie paste to the batter. You can add water if batter is too thick. It should be the consistency of a double cream/idli batter.
Add salt and bicarbonate of soda/eno and mix gently.
Fill a large pan with water and place a trivet at the base. Grease a dhokla plate/ a round 6 inch baking tray with oil. Transfer the batter to the greased container and set this container over the trivet. Cover it with a lid and steam for about 15- 20 minutes.
Insert a toothpick to check if dhokla is properly cooked. It should come out clean. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Insert a knife around the edges to loosen up the dhokla. Flip it over onto a plate.
In a pan warm up 1 tsp oil, add mustard seeds, sesame seeds and curry leaves in it.
Add these tempering ingredients to the dhokla.
While cutting the dhokla into slices use a sharp knife cut. Don’t press the knife down rather cut it the way we cut a cake.
Your green dhokla is ready to serve and you can serve it with green chutney.