Nylon Khaman Dhokla
Ingredients:1 cup Besan or gram flour1 ½ tbs fine semolina (rava)3 tsp sugar2 tbs oil1 cup warm water½ tsp citric acid (or juice of 1 lemon)A pinch of baking sodaSalt to taste
For the tempering:1 tsp mustard seeds1 tsp cumin seedsA pinch of asafetida2 green slit chillies1 tsp oil1 tbs water1 tsp sugar
For the garnish:Some chopped corianderGrated coconut
Method: - Heat water in a large vessel in which you can steam the dhokla.- Meanwhile mix the gram flour, semolina, sugar, citric acid and salt well.- In a cup of hot water add 1 tbs of oil and whisk it like you would for a salad dressing with an egg beater or a whisk.- Add this water and oil mixture to the dry mix and beat it well until the batter is nice and smooth. (exactly what you’d do for a cake batter)- Now add a pinch of baking soda to the mix and a few drops of water just over the soda.- Beat the mixture once again and you’ll see it rise and become whiter.- Spread the mixture onto a prepared/oiled plate or thali and steam it for 10 minutes.? Cool the dhoklas and cut them into diamond shapes of about 3 cm x 3 cm.? Prepare the tempering by heating oil in a small pan, and adding the mustard seeds and cumin seeds to it. As soon as the seeds begin to crackle add the asafetida and the slit green chillies.- Take the pan off the fire and add a water to the tempering and sugar.- Pour this tempering over the ready dhoklas.- Garnish with fresh coriander and grated coconut and its ready to eat!
Tip: For those who are not prevalent with steaming, take a large vessel and a plate that’s small enough to fit within the vessel without getting stuck. You will need a lid to cover the larger vessel completely. You could use a pressure cooker also, and all you need is a small steel plate to fit into the pressure cooker without getting stuck. Fill the larger vessel only 1/4th with water and place a tall steel glass filled with water, or a pressure cooker ring in your larger vessel. Place the steel plate full of the dhokla batter on it. Cover the with a lid and cook for the required time.