Monday, July 12, 2010

Palak Dhokla / Spinach Dhokla

A good way to incorporate flour and leafy vegetables in your diet. You can use any leafy vegetable in this recipe. However, methi (fenugreek) and palak (spinach) are the most commonly used.

1-cup rice flour,
1-cup Bengal gram flour,
1½-cup buttermilk,
1 bowl clean wash and cut spinach (Palak)
2 tbsp ginger-green chilli paste
2 tbsp oil
½ tbsp asafetida (hing)
1½ tbsp fruit salt
Salt to taste
¼ tbsp oil for greasing

Step 1: Mix bengal gram flour and rice flour with butter milk and keep aside for 5-6 hours.

Step 2: Cut chillies and ginger and blend in a mixer.

Step 3: Take ¾ batters in another bowl and mix the salt and ginger-green chilli paste in it. Another ¼ part of better add only salt and keep aside.Step 4: Add 2 tbsp oil for making soft dhoklas.

Step 5: Adding wash and finely chopped spinach, asafetida and mix well.

Step 6: Just before steaming, sprinkle the fruit salt and add 2 tbsp of water over it.

Step 7: When the bubbles form, mix gently.
Step 8: Pour the batter immediately into a greased 4” diameter thali and shake the thali clockwise to spread the batter in an even layer.Step 9: Then add the plan better over it so it makes a smooth layer over the doklas and shake the thali clockwise to spread the plan batter in an even layer.

Step 10: Steam in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked.

Step 11: Turn off the flame and cool slightly.

Step 12: Cut into equal rectangular pieces.Step 13: Repeat with the remaining batter.

Step 14: Place in serving plat.

Step 15: Serve hot with garlic,cumin–curd chutney.

For Variation:
Balck-eye bean palak dhokla:
Balck eye beans, also called as cow peas or chawli beans, are extremely rich in iron and folic acid making this a very healthy recipe.
Use the chola dal instead of rice and Bengal gram flour. Clean, wash and soak the chola dal in enough water for at least 6 hours. Drain and keep aside. Blend in a mixer, adding water as required to a smooth paste.
Chola dal imparts a different kind of softness to these dhoklas.

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