You can make this gluten-free ladoo, a round ball of melt in the mouth magic called Besan Laddu or plain Besan Unde. Simple pantry ingredients make this sweet a divine offering to the Gods! Served in a traditional meal as a sweet or as a dessert, a delicacy made with Bengal Gram flour you cannot stop eating just one!
Sprouts dhokla! Sounds interesting and fits in today theme of Protein-rich diet and also connects me to my last theme Simple and Healthy Vegetarian Food in Old Age!
A dhokla made from sprouts I have used the moong bean sprouts and palak or spinach to make this delicious breakfast or snack.
Armed with the recipe from a famous site I set about making this dhokla for Breakfast. I was so sure it will be perfect I had no backup plan.
It flopped so miserably that my kiddo said she is not feeling too well and rather have fruits for breakfast. Hubby the idli and dhokla fanatic and who sees to it there are none left on the table kept looking at them and moving away. Finally, I binned them.
Anyway, this became a challenge I had to make a decent sprouts dhokla something that Hubby will eat.
So I mixed up two recipes(something I do very nicely), the sprouts dhokla recipe and my dhokla recipe and made sprouts dhokla. This is by no means a final recipe it needs a little more fine-tuning but since we get good palak only after the rains I am taking a short break before retrying again. The reason I am posting this is I should not forget what I have done.
The importance of sprouts in your diet is something we all know. Especially in a Vegetarian diet sprout are extremely important and you can read up here in my post Sprouts Cutlets for more information.
The main ingredients in this dhokla are besan, rava/sooji, buttermilk, sprouts and palak.
We have dhokla for breakfast but they make a nice starter or appetizer for a party.
Protein Rich Sprouts Dhokla
- 2 cups besan/kadli hit/ chickpea flour
- 1 cup rava
- 2 cups Buttermilk
- 1 cup moong sprouts
- 1/2 cup palak/ spinach roughly chopped
- 1 inch Ginger
- 8-10 cloves garlic
- 3 Green chillies
Other Ingredients Needed:
- Salt to Taste
- 2 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Eno’s fruit salt
- 3 tablespoons +2 oil to grease
- 2 tablespoon tempering made of popped mustard,hing/asafoetida and sesame seeds
- Mix all the ingredients to soak in a big bowl as the batter is going to ferment and rise and let it stand for at least 6 hours.
- Grind all the ingredients under the to grind label to a smooth paste. I used a little of the batter in place of water.
- Mix well all the ingredients except the Eno’s fruit salt.
- Get your pressure cooker heated with enough water to steam the batter for 20 minutes.
- put the 2 teaspoon oil in the mould add the Eno and mix with your fingers till the Eno is well mixed with the oil. Grease the sides of the mould also.
- Pour the batter in the mould and continue mixing till the Eno is well mixed in the entire batter.
- Transfer the mould to the cooker and steam (without the whistle) for 20 minutes.
- Serve topped with coriander and tempering made of 2 tblspn of oil, mustard, hing/asafoetida and sesame seeds.
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