I love Gujarati Snacks (well, who doesn’t?) but have never made any of them at home. Always devoured the readymade ones from the likes of Bikaner and Haldiram. My attempt at making these snacks is only limited to borrowing recipes, so recently when a Gujarati friend’s moms passed on a tried and tested recipe of Khatta Dhokla I made it the very next day. It turned out really nice and Nabeel lapped it up in no time. Great, I had now found my new Tiffin recipe. Since Nabeel picked the curry leaves and mustard seeds from the dhokla (tempering) I thought of eliminating them completely and came up with a version of incorporating pizza flavours in the humble dhokla.
Pizza Dhokla is basically a sandwiched dhokla with a filling of pizza toppings. It’s really simple and quite wholesome. It is a dry snack and apt for school tiffin, as a travel snack or even as a gourmet snack for parties and gatherings. Pizza Dhokla is meant for the entire family, kids and adults alike. Give it a try.
Pizza Dhokla Recipe
1 cup Rawa (fine semolina)
1 cup curd (yoghurt)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup chopped capsicum
¼ cup chopped corn niblets
¼ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped mushrooms (use raw but can be sautéed if you wish to)
¾ cup grated cheese
3 tablespoons pizza sauce (use tomato ketchup if not available)
Oregano, as per taste
Chilli Flakes, as per taste
Salt, as per taste
Step 1 – In a separate bowl, mix together rawa, curd and water. Keep the dhokla batter aside for an hour.
Step 2 – In another bowl, mix together capsicum, corn niblets, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese.
Step 3 – Add in pizza sauce, oregano, chilli flakes and salt. Keep this vegetable mixture aside.
Step 4 – After about an hour, add melted butter, baking soda, salt, oregano and chilli flakes in the dhokla batter.
Step 5 – Once the batter starts to froth add half of it in an oiled round container and steam*. This is the bottom layer.
Step 6 – After about 5 minutes, check if the bottom layer of dhokla is 90% done. Spread half the vegetable mixture gently over it.
Step 7 – Pour the reaming batter over the vegetable mixture and continue to steam till the top dhokla layer is cooked.
Step 8 – Remove the entire dhokla like one big cake and cut into wedges similar to pizza slices.
Step 9 – Serve immediately along with a dipping sauce of your choice.
*Note: To steam dhokla, you need a big vessel with simmering water. Place a stand in the vessel and keep your batter filled pan on it. Cover the big vessel with a lid and let the dhokla batter cook by way of steaming. I used an 8 inch round pan for this recipe.
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