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Dhoklas - One Nutritious Dish In Multiple Ways

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
17 March 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Rava Dhokla

Fluffy, spongy dhoklas sitting daintily on a plate with a bighearted drizzle of chutney, topped with a crackling tadka! Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Traditionally, dhoklas are made with a fermented batter of besan and spices; however, you could also use rice, semolina, lentils and vegetables too. The dhokla is very versatile and you can add ingredients of your choice and steam it, creating your very own, unique recipe.

What’s more, these tiny steamed lentil cakes top the health charts! They are low-cal, cooked with minimum oil and can become your protein-fix. Dhoklas are light, fluffy, steamed and easy to digest. A perfectly nutritious way to quell mid-meal cravings.

Besan is made from ground chickpeas or chana dal. Besan’s nutrition is really remarkable - it’s a nutrient powerhouse, it helps manage diabetes and high levels of cholesterol. It’s also perfect for those who are trying to lose weight. Super-adaptable, besan is a staple in just about every Indian household.

Sweet Dhokla

5 creative and delicious dhoklas

  • Khaman dhokla: If you're looking for something to squash your cravings without having to count your calories, this one’s definitely for you! A blend of besan and haldi, steamed and topped with a crackling mustard seeds, this recipe is a classic and can be served up in less than 30 minutes. It’s great for weight-watchers since besan is digested slowly and it keeps you feeling fuller for longer, thereby making sure that you don’t overeat.
  • Rava dhokla: Soft, white dhoklas made with rava or semolina and curd are the perfect breakfast option. Grated ginger and finely chopped chilies give it a pungent kick and mustard seeds and curry leaves give it a nice crackle!  These dhoklas are healthy, easy to make, and delicious. Ideal when you have only 20 minutes to cook and want a hearty and gratifying snack.
  • Carrot Dhokla: A delightful recipe comprising of grated carrots, besan, sour curd, green chilies, mustard seeds, and baking soda, this one is a big spin on the classic dhokla. This recipe is deal for parties, game nights and potlucks. Garnish with coriander leaves and grated coconut. These lentil cakes will satisfy your spicy food cravings.
  • Corn and green peas dhokla: Bored with the traditional dhokla recipe? Here’s a dish that will treat your taste buds. A twist of sweet corn takes this lentil cake to the next level! Add some green peas and you have yourself a protein-packed meal. An amalgamation of corn kernels, semolina, ginger, yogurt, green chili paste, and lemon juice, makes for a refreshing change. Serve this dhokla with a piping hot cup of tea.

Ensure that you buy hygienically manufactured gram flour to make these dhoklas. Tata Sampann Besan is a healthy alternative with no adulteration and maximum nutrition. These dhokla recipes are truly fantastic – protein-packed, wholesome, scrumptious, caters to your passion for culinary experimenting, cooking for your family and keeping your own personal health in check.



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