Monday, September 8, 2014

Healthy and Tasty:Chora Dal Dhokla


For batter:
3/4 cup Chora dal
1 Tbsp Besan/Chickpea flour
1 tbsp oil
1 green chilies
1 tsp  ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp eno fruit salt
1 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste

For tempering:

a pinch of hing
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp white sesame seeds
1 green chili,finely chopped
5-6 fresh curry leaves
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp finely chopped cilantro

What you need to do

  • Soak the chora dal for 3-4 hours and grind it to a smooth batter along with green chili using not more than 1/4 cup of water.
  • Add besan,ginger-garlic paste,turmeric,oil and salt.Mix well to avoid lumps.
  • Grease a 7-8 inch deep thali/cake tin and get the streamer ready by setting it on fire with enough water.
  • Mix lemon juice and eno fruit salt and add this bubbling mixture to the batter.Mix and pour this batter in the thali/cake tin and immediately set it to steam for 12-15 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean when inserted at the center of the dhokla.
  • Let it cool for 15-20 mins.
  • Cut the dhokla in small cubes and set aside.
  • Heat a kadhai,add oil when hot add hing,mustard seeds,sesame seeds,green chili,curry leaves,ginger-garlic paste and salt.Saute for a minute.
  • Add the dhokla cubes and saute on medium high heat for 2-3 minute.
  • Switch off the heat and let it sit covered for 5 mins.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with lemon wedges.


  • Chora dal looks pretty much like urad dal and is available easily in Indian grocery stores. 
  • 4 hours is enough for the dal to turn soft.Do not over soak.

Makes:3 servings

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