Dhokla are a popular Indian snack food. They are basically steamed cakes that are bite-sized and delicious! Typical dhokla are made from rice and yogurt, but my mom has a homemade recipe that she taught me where she makes dhokla from split moong dal (green lentils also known as split yellow lentils except with the skin intact) and dairy-free. They taste just like split moong lentils – savory and a tad bit sour. If you want a sweet steamed cake, you may add some sugar to the recipe, but I think you should give the lentil taste a try! Moreover, my mom and I added some ginger, green peppers, carrots, and spinach to the dhokla instead of making plain lentil dhokla so they are full of hearty vegetables and added fiber! You can add some delicious toppings to the dhokla after they are steamed if you like for added taste. Popular toppings are olive oil, black pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic, parsley leaves, coriander leaves, and/or fresh lemon. You will notice that in this recipe, there are fresh parsley leaves added that my mom’s best friend grew in her garden herself so a big shout out to thank her!
Yields 5 – 7 servings
Serving Size: 10 – 15 pieces
6 cups split moong dal (soaked overnight)
1 cup water
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup basil leaves (~15 leaves)
1/2 lemon worth of juice
3/4 cup parsley leaves
1/2 large green pepper
3 cup baby spinach leaves
4 tbsp fresh ginger
1/2 tbsp citric acid
1. Spray a pan with some PAM or use a nonstick pan. Heat water up on the stovetop and prepare the steamer.
2. Blend together the moong lentils, water, vegetables, and ginger.
3. Pour about 2 cups of batter onto each pan and smooth around evenly.
4. Steam the dhokla batter for about 10 minutes and use a toothpick to check if they are completely cooked. This recipe makes about 4 pans of dhokla so if you only have on pan, you can reuse it and repeat step #3 (hint: you may want to respray the pan with a little PAM before steaming another set).
5. Let the dhokla cool and then cut into ~20 pieces.
6. You can then top with some of the suggested toppings above if you like. Enjoy warm! My family likes to eat dhokla with a little butter on top so if you love butter as much as them, try that out! It’s basically like bread, just steamed and made with delicious lentils!