Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fada Na Dhokla - Broken Wheat Dhokla

I find the steamed dumplings like dhokla very healthy and delicious. And now, if you make one with the broken wheat, I think it's even better, right? To get the fermenting business right, you need to use sour buttermilk. but even not-so-sour one also works ok.

Fada Na Dhokla
Broken Wheat Dumplings
Ingredients
1 cup broken wheat/bulgur wheat/daliya/fada
1/4 cup besan/chickpea flour
1/4 cup coarse wheat flour
1 cup buttermilk (preferably made from sour yogurt)
1/2 tsp baking soda
salt to taste
1 tsp oil

1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
A pinch of freshly ground black peppercorns

Grind to paste
1/2" ginger
1 - 2 green chilies
1 garlic clove
A pinch of salt

Tempering
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp whole flax seeds (optional)

Garnish
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tbsp fresh coconut (optional)

Method
1. Lightly roast broken wheat. Take it outside. While still warm, add besan and coarse wheat flour. Stir well.
2. Stir in buttermilk. Cover and keep aside for 8 hours.
3. Add green paste, salt to taste, turmeric powder, asafoetida, oil.
4. Just before steaming, add baking soda.
5. Steam like idlis. Let the dhokla cool completely. Cut into squares or diamonds.
6. Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add tempering ingredients. Add sizzling oil over the dhokla pieces uniformly.
7. Garnish with cilantro & coconut if using.

Note -
1. While actually making dhokla, you can add some more water to the fermented so it resembles idli batter.
2. Remember that while grinding the green paste, it has a pinch of salt. So adjust the salt for the batter accordingly.
3. Traditionally, the green paste is made in iron or stone mortar and pestle.

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