Here is a nutritional twist to the traditional dhoklas. With the blend of different dals, this is a protein rich snack for diabetics that helps control frequent hunger pangs.

Description:
Mixed dal dhokla (paushtik dhokla)
Serving Size: – 7-8
Preparation Time: – 45 mins

Ingredients:-
Green chillies – 2-3
Garlic cloves -6-8
Ginger 1 inch piece
½ cup (125 gms) Masoor dal
½ cup (125 gms) moong dal with chilka (green)
½ cup (125 gms) moong dal yellow
½ cup (125 gms) toor dal
½ cup (125 gms) washed urad dal
½ cup (125 gms) chana dal
Salt to taste
1 sachet eno/fruit salt
Oil 2 tbsp. (30 ml) for batter and to grease dhokla plate
Few Coriander leaves for garnish

For tempering:-
Oil 1 tbsp. (15 ml)
Mustard seeds (2 tsp.)
Curry leaves 7-8
Lemon juice 1 tbsp.

Method:-
1. Soak all dals in plenty of water for about 6 hours or overnight.
2. Grind the mixture into a coarse dough adding just enough water and not to make it watery. The consistency is when you use a ladle it does not pour itself but falls in dollops.
3. Grind garlic, ginger and green chillies to paste.
4. Add the soda, oil, salt, garlic – ginger & green chilli paste to the batter along with eno and mix well.
5. Grease dhokla thali (flat metal with low rim) with the oil. Pour enough batter so as to fill half the height of the thali.
6. Place the dhokla plate in a steamer and steam for about 10-15 minutes on low flame, until the dhokla’s are cooked.
7. For seasoning, heat oil in a small frying pan and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once the crackle, turn off heat and add lemon juice to it. Now drizzle the seasoning over the dhokla’s.
8. Cut into desired shape, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with chutney.

Tips
• You can make these dhokla’s more nutritious by adding vegetables of your choice like finely chopped carrots, french beans, grated bottled gourd, green peas, and finely chopped cabbage to the batter before steaming.
• You can add boiled and grinded spinach (palak) also.

Nutritional benefits:-
The fermentation of the dal enhances the nutritive value of dhoklas making them rich in fibre and protein. These Dhoklas are low in 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. Devour this any-time snack with healthy green chutney, for that extra zing.

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