Why eating dhokla is good for your health
Eating healthy does not always mean that you have to sacrifice on your taste. India is a land of diverse cuisine and there are plenty of items which are rich in nutrients and are scrumptious at the same time. The favourite from the western part of the country, Dhokla can be perfect if you do not enjoy bland foods like cornflakes and oats. You can also make your Gujarati meal healthy with this diet plan.
Why is it a healthy option?
- The staple Gujarati snack, dhoklas, is made with gram flour and subsequently steamed.
- The fermentation of the flour enhances its nutritive value. The fermented dal adds to the fibre and protein content of the dish.
- Dhokla has a low glycemic index (it releases glucose at a more sustained rate) which makes it good for diabetics.
- Being steamed and not fried they have less oil content which make them low in calories. It contains fewer calories where 100 g of dhokla contains only 160 calories.
A simple recipe for preparing healthy Dhoklas courtesy tarladalal.com:
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes 2-3 servings
- 1 cup besan (Bengal gram flour)
- 1 1/2 tbsp semolina (rava)
- 3 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp ginger- green chilli paste
- 1/2 tsp citric acid (nimbu ka phool) or 1 tsp lemon juice
- salt to taste
- 1 1/2 tsp fruit salt
- 1/4 tsp oil for greasing
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds (til)
- 2 green chillies , chopped
- a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- 2 to 3 curry leaves (kadi patta)
- Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
Combine all the ingredients together, except the fruit salt in a bowl and mix well adding water as required (approximately cup) to make a thick batter.
- Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and add 2 tsp of water over it.
- When the bubbles form, mix gently.
- Pour the batter immediately into a greased 125 mm. (5') diameter thali and shake the thali clockwise to spread the batter in an even layer.
- Steam for 12 to 15 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked. Keep aside.
- Heat the oil in small pan and add the mustard seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds, green chillies and asafoetida, mix well and saut on a medium flame for a second, while stirring continuously.
- Remove from the flame, add 2 tbsp of water and mix well. Pour the tempering over the dhoklas.Here is another healthy Gujrati recipe.
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