Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vaati Daal na Khaman

Dhokla is a very famous Gujarati snack. There are many types of Dhokla people make e.g. Khatta Dhokla or Nylon Khaman (as it is called in Bombay), Khaman Dhokla, Vaati daal na Khaman, Corn Dhokla, Mag ni Daal na Dhokla etc etc.

I like almost all types of dhokla, except Nylon Khaman, or Khaman Dhokla. I know I am one of the very few people who don’t like Khaman Dhokla.

But I like vaati daal na Khaman, which are a cousin of the regular khaman dhokli (Nylon Khaman). Vaati (or Vateli) daal means ground lentil.

Here is the recipe for making vati daal na khaman:
1 Cup Chana Daal, Soaked For 3-4 Hours,
Water as Required to Grind the Daal
½ Cup Yogurt,
Salt to Taste,
1 Teaspoon Chili Ginger Paste,
1 Teaspoon Eno Fruit Salt,
1 Teaspoon Sugar, Optional (I don’t add it)
1/8th Teaspoon Turmeric Powder,

3 Teaspoon Oil,
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds,
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds,
1 Teaspoon Sesame Seeds
1 Chili, Cut into Small Pieces,
2 Whole Dried Red Chilies, Cut into 2 Pieces Each

Drain the water from the daal and keep aside. If you are using cold yogurt from the fridge, take it out in a bowl and microwave for 20-25 seconds so that it gets warm. Add the yogurt to the daal and grind it to a coarse batter. Add a little water if necessary. The batter should have a consistency of pancake batter. If you are using sugar, add it now. Cover and leave it in a warm place to ferment overnight or atleast for 6-8 hours.

The next day, add salt, turmeric podwer and chili ginger paste to the batter and mix well. Place a dhokla steamer on the stove. Just before pouring the batter into the container, add the Eno fruit salt and mix well. Pour the batter into the container. The batter should cover about 1 inch of the side walls of the container. Place the container in the steamer, and steam for 15-20 minutes, or until a knife when inserted in center, comes out clean.

If you don’t have a dhokla steamer, you can use a pressure cooker. Just make sure to remove the whistle from the lid.

I don’t have a dhokla steamer. Here is how I steam dhoklas. I have a deep bottom steel vessel that has holes in the bottom (more like a strainer). I use fill up a deep kadai (a deep pan) half way though with water. Then I place the steel strainer over the kadai, just making sure that the bottom of the strainer doesn’t touch water. I place the dhokla batter in a steel container, or a thali (a deep dish) and place the thali in the strainer and cover the strainer with a lid. I put the whole assembly on the stove and start boiling water and cook it just like any other dhokla steamer. In 15-20 minutes, hot and fluffy dhoklas will be ready.

For Tempering:
Heat the oil in a pan. When it’s hot, add the mustard seeds. When the seeds stop spluttering, add the cumin seeds, sesame seeds, green chili and whole red chilies. Cook for a minute or two and then take off of the stove. Spread the tempering over the dhoklas and let the dhoklas cool. When it cools down, cut into small pieces and enjoy with green chutney and sev. The picture here shows how it is served in Bombay, i.e. with onion and green chili.

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Parita said...

Lovely dhoklas..these look perfect! Reminds me i havent made them in long time :)

Advocate Ramkrishna M Kaoshik said...

Hare Krishna,
Dear Nehal Your method for every recipe is very good and if some one follow your method then I assure even to a new person 100% success.
God bless you.Happy new Year
Ramkrishna M kaoshik
Advocate Bombay High Court

Nehal said...

Thank you Mr.Kaoushik. Happy Diwali and Happy new year to you too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you dear...You are not the only one who does not care or like nylon khaman...I think they are lazy people's cooking IMHO..I was raised on vateli chana daal khaman dhokla as well as vateli mung daal dhokla..Even khata dhokla was made by grinding dough in big south indian round utensil made of stone..Totally original and tasty...Appreciate your recipe..

Nehal said...

Thank you anonymous. I agree with all of your points. Khatta dhokla is my favorite. I made them once with store bought instant dhokla packet. Hated it. Never again. I buy coarsely ground urad dal and rice to make the dhokla.

Pravina Parikh said...

Thanks for posting mouth watering side dish recipe

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