Instant Rava Dhokla as the name suggests is an instant version of Dhokla made with Semolina (Rava) minus the fermentation process that is involved in the traditional Dhokla recipe.
A popular breakfast-cum-snack-cum-lunch (you can have dhokla as any meal during the day) dish that originated in Gujarat has now attained a cult status worldwide. While Indian street food scene is replete with unique dishes and each region boasts of its own specialty, few dishes enjoy as much presence and popularity pan India – Dhokla, prominently featuring in this list.
One of the most challenging aspect of planning our day, according to me, is planning meals for family. It all starts with the morning breakfast, to what could be packed for the noon lunch, evening tea-time snack to finally how should dinner look like. It’s a tiring chore, I must say. Meals during the day must not only be palate pleasing but must also conform to nutritional standards and fulfil daily calorie requirements. Balancing these different parameters is quite an act.
As the popular saying goes, breakfast is the most popular meal of the day and must never be skipped for a healthy and fitter body. I live by this conventional wisdom and hence breakfast at my home is an absolutely essential meal. I come from that generation where having a roti-sabzi as a morning breakfast was a mandate and Mother would not entertain any bit of argument about this ritual. While I have adopted the same mantra in my life, however, I have tweaked my morning meals to be a bit more varied than the usual roti-sabzi. Rice Idli , Rava Idli ,Oats Idli , Rava Dhokla, Instant Appe ,Rice Appe , Adai , Besan Chilla , Thalipeeth, Omelette with Chapati are some of different dishes that feature prominently on my weekdays breakfast menu. Weekends I reserve a day as cheat-meal day which starts with relishing a plate of Samosa or Dhokla and Jalebi from the local Mithaiwala.
One of the items that I have mentioned quite cursorily in the above paragraph and must be elaborated, because of it being the recipe of my post today is- Rava Dhokla. Dhokla is my personal favorite but at times I skip it from my menu owing to its longer preparation time. This pressing need prompted me to look out for instant version of this recipe and Rava Dhokla is conforms to my requirement. Easy and quick to make, absolutely delicious and highly nutritious (read on nutrition aspect here ) , makes Rava Dhokla an absolute popular breakfast choice at my home. It can even be packed for your kid’s tiffin (for small meal).
- 1 Cup=200gms Fine Semolina (Bombay Rava)
- ¾th Cup=180gms Curd
- 4 Green Chilies
- ½-inch Ginger root
- ½-tsp Salt
- ½ Lemon Juice
- 1½-tsp Sugar
- ¼th Cup Fresh Coriander Leaves
- 2 Sachets Eno regular Fruit Salt- 5gms each
- ½-tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1-tsp White Sesame Seeds
- Pinch of Asafoetida Powder
- 10-12 Curry Leaves
- 1 Green Chili- finely chopped
- ¼th-tsp Red Chili Powder
- 1-2 tbsp Cooking Oil
- Water as required
- Grind Ginger slices, Green Chilies and Coriander Leaves into a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding.
- In a large bowl, put Curd. Add Green Masala paste, Salt, Sugar and lemon juice. Whisk this mixture well until we get rid of lumps from the curd.
- Add ½ cup water to this mixture and whisk well. Now, add Semolina gradually and keep whisking to prevent formation of any lumps. Add 1-tsp Cooking Oil and mix well.
- Add ¼th Cup Water and mix well. Keep this batter aside for 15 mins.
- Boil 2 Cups Water in a Pressure Cooker. After 15 mins, grease pressure cooker container with some Oil. Now add Eno fruit Salt, 1-2 tsp water and mix well. Pour this batter in the greased container.
- Now place this container in Pressure cooker. Close Pressure cooker and remember to remove its whistle. Cook on High heat for 2 mins. After 2 mins, lower the heat and cook Dhokla batter for 12-13 mins.
- We have cooked Dhokla for 15 mins on low heat. Remove from heat and wait for couple of mins. After 2 mins, we can open the pressure cooker and insert a knife in the cooked Dhokla. If it comes out clean, we can be sure that batter is cooked well.
- After dhokla has cooled down completely, we can try to bring it out from the container. Loosen its sides by pulling it towards the center by your fingers. Tap and remove from the container.
- After Dhokla is demolded, we can sprinkle some red chili powder on it (optional). Cut it into desired shapes (square or rectanglular shape)
- Let's prepare a flavorful Tadka. Heat 1½ tbsp Cooking Oil in a pan and add white sesame seeds. Cook until it becomes brown in color. Add Mustard Seeds, Asafoetida Powder, Green Chilies and Curry Leaves. Pour this Tadka on Dhokla.
- Delicious and Healthy Instant Rava Dhokla is ready to be served. Serve hot.
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