Every mom have tension of what to give in her kids tiffin so that they will finish without nakhre. And the problem worsen when your kid is a fussy eater like mine. My daughter used to finish her tiffin most of the time but my lil one always have excuses for leaving his snacks. So I always have to try new things for him, which can attract him to eat. Today when I asked my kids what they want to carry in their lunch box then my daughter said dhokla , as she is die hard fan of khamans. But the problem is these bean khamans get soggy till they eat. So tried to make some different version of it . As I had rice flour in hand so tried instant khatta dhokla. As it resemble much to idlis , so my lil fussy one also gave green signal for this one. This dish is not unknown to maximum of you but still sharing mine version to help those moms, who are looking for interesting , healthy and quick tiffin ideas for their fussy eaters.
Recipe is given below , hope you all will try it.
INSTANT WHITE KHATTA DHOKLA
Time: 40 mins( leaving resting time)
1 cup semolina ( rawa or sooji)
1 cup rice flour
1 cup yogurt ( curd)
Water as per need
1/4 tsp salt ( as per taste)
1 green chili, finely chopped ( optional)
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp citric acid or lemon salt
Baking soda or eno
2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp asafetida ( heeng)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
2-3 spring fresh curry leaves
2-3 green chilies, slitted
First of all mix semolina, rice flour ,yogurt, salt and required water to make a lump less idli like batter. Let it rest for 1 hr or overnight at any cool place , if planning to prepare early morning.
* But never keep in refrigerator other wise semolina will not absorb liquid.
* for quick result use hot water to make batter and let it sit for 1/2 an hour.
If after soaking,you find your batter thicker than regular idli batter then add little water at a time and correct the consistency. Now add ginger garlic paste and chilies. Mix well, your batter is ready to be used.
Make your steamer ready by heating 1 cup of water in a wide vessel with stand in base. You vessel should be wide enough to hold your mold easily.
Now separate required batter in another bowl, which can be used to fill your mold at a time. Now add two to three pinches of baking soda or 3/4 spoon eno powder and 1/4 tsp citric acid to separated batter. Give a quick stir you will see nice frothy batter , don't over mix the batter otherwise all the air bubbles formed ,will vanish and result in hard dhokla.
Now fill the mold immediately with required batter and either steam as regular for 15-20 minutes by putting your mold in steamer with lids closed or microwave for 5-6 minutes, depend on size of mold and microwave power.
Check for doneness by inserting a knife or skewer in middle of dhokla, if it comes out clean then done, other wise cook for some more minutes.
I used my heart shaped cake mold to steam these. So did in two batches. Make sure to grease your mold generously and fill your mold only half. As it will rise on steaming.
Let it rest for 2-3 minutes then demold. Now cut desired shapes with knife. Similarly make the other batches too.
Now heat oil in tempering pan, add asafetida,cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle then add curry leaves and chilies. Let curry leaves become crisp. Now switch off the flame and add sesame seeds, stir quickly and pour all over the dhokla evenly.
Now your hot tempting dhokla is ready to serve with tomato coriander chutney or any sauce of your choice.
* You can add any veggies too, of your choice.
* After adding soda or eno , use the batter immediately. That's why add soda or eno in batches of batter, when needed.
* For more soft dhokla , use eno instead of baking soda. But baking soda also works well.
* Instead of citric acid you can also use lemon juice, but citric acid gives more fluffier result .
* If you are making dhokla in microwave then keep a bowl with some water along with the microwave safe mold, to get nice moist dhokla.
* Use nice sour yogurt for khatta dhokla or add some lemon juice to get sourness of your choice.
* While using microwave, keep an eye on it as over doing may result in dry and hard dhokla.
If you don't have silicon mold just use your regular mold and prepare these healthy and delicious tiffin snacks for your kids.
Hope you all will like this easy , quick and kids friendly recipe and will definitely give it a try. Please pour your valuable comments and suggestions here, they meant a lot.