Friday, July 31, 2009

My Interview and Khaman Dhokla :)

First and formost, I am a really excited little cook today. Guess why?????? I have been featured as the Diamond Chef in Do take a look at my interview there :):):)

Dhokla Dhokla every where, all are yummy to see!!!!! This is the rhyme that runs in my mind after seeing the updates from others. ;) I am really happy to be part of a super cool event called Indian Cooking Challenge (ICC) that Srivalli started. If not for this event, I am sure I would have never tried Dhokla. :)

I am happyyyyyyy!!!!! It came out so well and all at home enjoyed relishing it. So here is my Khaman Dhokla. :)


For Batter:

Bengal Gram flour / Besan - 1 & 1/2 cup
Curd - 1/2 cup (not very sour)
Water - 1/2 cup
(I used 1 cup of buttermilk + 2 tblspns of water)
Cooking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For seasoning to be mixed to the batter (to be added just before cooking):

Oil - 1 tbsp
Turmeric a pinch
G. Chili paste - 3 nos
Sugar - 1 tsp
Citric acid - quarter tsp ( A big pinch)
Eno - 1 packet (green colour fruit lime) + sprinkle or dust few bits on the plate

For tempering:

Sesame seeds Mustard Seeds Curry leaves Grated coconut Coriander leaves
Little water ( 2 tblspn) + Oil to be topped on dhoklas


Mix first 1/2 cup curds with 1/2 water. To this add the besan and mix well to get a lump less batter, the consistency should be of idli batter, more of dropping not pouring consistency. Slowly add more water if needed else, add the soda. Keep it aside to rise for 1 hour.

If you are using a pressure cooker, fill the pan with water, place a plate over which you will have use a plate for steaming the dhoklas. Thali plate can be used for steaming.

To the batter mix in the citric acid, oil, salt, sugar, green chili paste and turmeric powder. Mix well. This has to be done just before pouring to the plate.

Meanwhile have the pan on stove, and let the water start boiling. When the water reaches the rolling stage, you can mix the eno to the batter (Save little of eno for dusting on the plate), mix gently, you will see bubbles coming out.

Dust or sprinkle the plate with eno. Then immediately pour the batter to the plate. Place the plate carefully inside the pressure pan and cover with lid. You need not use the whistle. After covering you will find steam coming out of the outlet, simmer and don't disturb for almost 5 -7 minutes.

After 5 -7 minutes, remove the lid and proof it using toothpick or knife. If the knife comes out clean and does not have any batter sticking, then its done. Cover back and let it remain on flame for 1 min and switch off the gas and allow it for 5 minutes.

In a bowl, mix 2 tblspn of water along with a tsp of oilRemove the plate from the pan, pour the water and oil mix over the top.

For seasoning, heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, sesame seeds, mustard seeds and finely chopped green chilies. When mustard starts popping, remove and pour over the dhokla.

Now cut them neatly into desired shape and sizes.

Serve it with green chutney. :) Happy making and enjoy eating :)

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Abhilash Pillai said...

Nithya, thanks for the comments and Kaman dhokla...

I know it is really delicious... My friends mother prepares this and I use to have them with plesure... they are gujrati's.

I will try to have one...have..

Also go through BLD banana roast.. it might seem interesting to you..

Padma said...

Congrats Nithya... just had a look at your interview, was too good and I know how happy you are right now... and your dhoklas look so soft and lovely presentation as usual :)

Parita said...

Dhoklas have come out perfect! glad you enjoyed making these :)

Sandhya Iyer said...

Kalakare Nithi :) Pudhu entry, pudhu interview. Pramadaam!!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Congrats!!! Nithya....ur dish looks perfect.

chef and her kitchen said...

Dhoklas look gr8 with simple n neat presentation..congrats on ur interview dear..glad to know abt u

vidhas said...

Mouthwatering dhoklas and nice click.congrats for your inerview.

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Dhokla looks delicious. I am going to check the video now:).

Ann said...

Congrats Nithya...thats a great news to hear and truly an inspiration..enjoy !!

Your dhoklas look perfect..

Unknown said...

Congrats!! Dhoklas look too good. and beautifully presented!

Anu Nandu said...

Hello Nithya,

You already have the Kreativ Blog award - but passing it on to you one more time.

You have a very nice blog - keep up the good work. Love your origami too.

I nominated you here -


Mangala Bhat said...

wow! looks too good !

Anu said...

Congrats Nithya..... Ur dish looks delicious....

Ann said...

I just saw the interview, you must be feeling soo cool now :) Sounds good and I just love this Dhokla.. Why everyone is tempting mw with this recipe. I better make one soon :P

Purva Desai said...

Thanks for dropping by........Khaman dhokla have come out perfect......soft and fluffy

Dloncookbook said...

Looks perfect & I bet it taste great also ....
& congrats for the interview ....

Vibaas said...

Dhoklas look yum. Nice presentation like you said in your interview :) congrats on being the diamond chef @solkadi. WaytoGo!

Rekha shoban said...

Nice words to write. congrats on ur inteview.

Divya Kudua said...

First of all,congrats on being featured as the diamond chef..let me go there and check out your interview!!

Dhoklas have come out well..nice presentation!!

Christo Gonzales said...

EXCELLENT in so many ways - congrats on the interview

kittymatti said...

very nice reading about u! awesome doklas dear

Chef Jeena said...

These look delicious, congratulations on the interview. :-)

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Congrats Nithya. Dhoklas looks delicious.

Unknown said...

Yummy dhoklas Nithya..Congrats for being featured in solkadi

Nivedita Thadani said...

Great Site Nithya.
Very creative display( all the recipes,) nice pics!!!
Your name suits your entries, all new every day!!!
I am going to vote for you in solkadi

kittymatti said...

Please pick your awards and tag from my blog :)

Urmi said...

I liked your blog very much.I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. The recipe looks delicious.I love dhokla a lot and I will definitely prepare it.
You are welcome in my blogs.

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Congrats for been featured as Diamond Chef. may GOD bless you Nithya dear.

Uma Madhavan said...

very nice presentation. i am searching this dhokla recepie for a long time.i am living in is very famous here,now i can able to try in home . thanku for ur other recepies also.

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