Methi Moong Dal Dhokla
by Tarla Dalal
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Methi Moong Dal Dhokla, are generally healthy, no doubt, but this is an even more nutritious version, as the dal is used with the skin and a leafy vegetable is also added.
Besan is added to bind the ingredients. Moong dal is rich in proteins, folic acid etc. , making this a nutri-scrumptious delight! You can also indulge your creative side and experiment by adding palak in place of methi, or other such combinations.
That said, remember to ensure proper consistency of the batter – if you add too much water while grinding, the Dhokla will neither be firm nor cooked properly.
- Clean, wash and soak the green moong dal in enough hot water for 2 hours. Drain and keep aside.
- Combine the drained green moong dal, green chillies and approx. 5 tbsp of water in a mixer and blend till smooth.
- Transfer the mixture in a deep bowl, add the fenugreek leaves, besan, asafeotida, sugar, 2 tsp of oil and salt and mix well.
- Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and add 2 tsp of water over it and mix gently.
- Pour batter in a greased 175 mm. (7") diameter thali and spread it to make an even layer.
- Steam the dhoklas for 12 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked. Cool slightly.
- Heat the remaining 1 tsp of oil in a small non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds, sesame seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
- Pour this tempering over the prepared dhokla and cut it into 16 square pieces.
- Serve immediately with green chutney.
- Always use your hands while mixing the batter to break the lumps.
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What are Dhoklas? Dhokla is a soft and fluffy steamed snack from the Gujarati repertoire. This all-time favourite is enjoyed as a starter, as a tea-time snack, or even for breakfast. Basically, something you can have any time you are hungry!
There are innumerable dhokla recipes falling under different types, so you can make this snack multiple times a week and still not get bored. Some dhokla batters like the healthy Moong Dal Dhokla require grinding and fermentation, while others like the Rava Dhokla are quick-fix options that you can simply mix and steam. If you have just a few minutes, not to worry, you can put together yummy Khaman Dhokla in the microwave - Microwave Mug Dhokla! You can even make Khatta Dhokla with handy idli batter. So, depending on the availability of time and ingredients, you can pick a dhokla recipe.
The best part is that you can always reinforce your dhokla batter with delicious and tasty veggies and greens, like grated carrots, crushed green peas or fenugreek leaves. This makes the dhokla colourful, tasty and healthy too. Once you know the different types of dhokla batters, you can go it on your own, by varying the added veggies, tempering, and so on, according to preferences and availability.
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