After many failed attempts at preparing khaman dhokla using curd and fruit-salt, I gave it a serious thought; whether or not I’ll be able to pull it off, ever!
Making dhoklas with curd requires the batter to rest amd ferment for about 4-5 hours. That isn’t instant. Then we have the fruitsalt method which again just puffs up the dhoklas while ripping off the taste. Being a baker primarily, I thought of adding yeast to it as all we need is a good fermented batter for good dhoklas. So, here I present a Failproof technique which gets you amazing results without having to wait for hours. Here we go;
Besan (chickpea flour): 1.5 cups
Haldi (turmeric): 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Yeast: 1 tsp
Vinegar: 1/2 tsp
Oil: 3 tsps
Raai/ mustard seeds: 2 tsps
Hing/ asafoetida: a pinch
Dry red chilli:1 or 2
Curry leaves: 9-10
Sugar: 3 tsps
Chopped Coriander leaves: 2-3 tsp
Prep time: 5-8 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
1. For proofing the yeast for Dhokla, we don’t really have to proof it as nicely as we do for breads. Doing so, will lead to a bread-like smell in the dhokla. So, this is the only tricky part about this recipe. Please be careful to not proof it too much.
In a mug of 100 ml lukewarm water, add a tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of dry yeast.
Proof it till you see some tiny bubbles on the top.
2. Once ready, we prepare a besan batter from it and adding extra water if needed. To this besan, I have added haldi, 1 tsp of sugar and salt.
3. Whisk well to incorporate all ingredients well. Add a dash of vinegar to it. It so enhances the flavor. 🙂 Wait for not more than 15 minutes before you put it for steaming.
4. Once mixed well, transfer the batter to a greased tin which will now be placed in a steamer for 15 minutes.
5. After 15 minutes, check if the dhoklas are done. If yes, get it out from the steamer and allow to cool till we prepare the tadka. Also, after it has cooled for 5 minutes, cut into desired shape.
6. Heat the oil and add ingredients in the order shown:
Once, you have added all the ingredients for tadka, switch off the gas and add water.
6. After water, add 3 tsps of sugar and give a good stir.
6. Now pour the tadka over the dhoklas. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before serving so that the water gets soaked in by the dhoklas and they are softer.
7. Serve with green chutney or have them at tea-time.
Yummy snack is ready. Soft and smooth, within a few minutes!