Sunday, 6 December 2015

Three Layered Sandwich Dhokla #Gujarati cuisine #Healthy #snack #kemcho

Revive your flagging spirit any time of the day with these tasty and filling Sandwich Dhokla accompanied by a pot of good, strong Masala Chai ( tea ) ! you won't regret having it. Dhokla can be eaten at breakfast, lunch, as snacks or as light dinner, or serve at tea party or kitty party !

Kitty Party reminds me Gujarati proverb ' Male char chotla, Bhange Ghar na Otla' translates that whenever four women or More get together, guaranteed their minds will be idle and they can't resist a good gossip :P

Somewhat this proverb is right, I've seen this in India and here too. No matter what, People are educated or not some of them always so keen to talk behind someones back, the only difference is that those educated people will only Gossip in fluent English ( I am talking about few Indians here ) !!!
On social media you can see plenty empty minded people eagerly waiting to gossip about third person, without any connection to that person. Lol, recently I saw this kind of gossip drama in one of the food group, beating around the bush and putting so much drama, without giving another thought I pulled myself away from that group.

Since my childhood I've been taught not to join with those kind of people, SIMPLE AS THAT because guaranteed they won't talk anything nice about anyone. This was my Mum's Mantra and I am still following. I do not understand their mentality, do they have more than 24 hours in a day ? or simply they believe that while they talk or hear bad about others makes them feel better about themselves or they think they are the only smart people out there ? I have no idea but only pity those who are expert in doing this wrong thing, totally forgetting that their gossips can actually hurt someone !

Lol, rather I would make this Dhokla for myself and enjoy my own company !  Gujarati's are known for their Dhokla making skills all over the world. You can find so many different varieties of Dhokla recipes, some of most popular are Khatta Dhokla ( mostly prepared in the homes) and Naylon Khaman. ( sold in shops ) and Idra Dhokla ( White Dhokla )
Originally, dhokla are made from gram and rice flour. Over the years, experimentation has led to changes in the recipe for dhokla where different flours are used. Nowadays, dhokla can made from Semolina and corn flour , different lentils and vegetables too. Along with traditional Dhokla, I have prepared Mag ni Daal na Lasniya Dhokla ( Dhokla prepared with Yellow Moong daal lentils and Garlic ) and  Sooji Matar Dhokla  ( Instant semolina and green peas Dhokla ).

Sandwich Dhokla, is a new variety of authentic Idra Dhokla, for Idra Dhokla rice and white urad lentils ( split and huskless matpe beans ) are used. Rice and Urad daal batter is prepared by fermented over night or 24 hours in cold weather and steamed thinly in a plate next day. I've been making sandwich dhokla for a while where one kind of spicy chutney is used, but this time I prepared sandwich dhokla with not only two different kind of chutnies but added healthy filling too. With little pre-planning you can have this tasty, healthy and lip smacking dhokla on your table for you and your guests ! 

 You will need :- Batter

  • 2 cup Rice ( any )
  • 1 cup Urad daal 
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of bi co soda
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • Pinch of citric acid ( limboo na phool )
You will need :-
You will need :- Chana daal filling
  • 1/2 cup boiled chana daal ( dry )
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. crushed green chilli and ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp.lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
You will need :- Vaghar

  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp. mustard seeds
  • Pinch of hing
2-3 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :- Batter

Clean, and soak rice and daal separate for 8-10 hours or over night.
Next morning grind daal and rice ( like idly batter ).
Mix both and add salt.
Leave the batter to ferment in a warm area. ( Mine takes almost 24 hours )

Method :- Chana daal filling
Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds.
Once they crackle ginger and chilli, fry for few seconds and add boiled daal.
Add other masala and cook for few minutes.
Add lemon juice and switch off the heat.

Method :- Sandwich Dhokla

Once you are ready to prepare dhokla, mix oil, citric acid and soda with little water in a bowl and add into batter.
Mix well, if batter is too thick add little water.
Start heating water in a big pot.
Mix the batter once again and pour thinly in a deep lightly greased  plate .
Steam over water about 15-20 minutes.Pierce knife, and check, should come out clean if done. 
Leave it to cool little. 

Steam one more plate of dhokla, so now you'll have 2 dhokla plate.
Once they cooled, take sharp knife and make a cut right in between of dhokla plate, so you'll have now 2 half round( like half moon).
Slowly with the help of big spatula lift both half round shape dhokla.
Follow same procedure with other dhokla plate too.
Now you will have 4 half round shape dhokla discs.
Take flat plate or wooden chopping board, gently lift one half dhokla disc and lay it on the board.
Rough side up, now spread green chutney, gently lift another half dhokla disk and place on the green chutney. 
Gently press it down with the rolling pin, now spread chana daal filling and take third dhokla disc and place it on the chana daal filling.
Once again press it down with the rolling pin.
Now spread garlic chutney evenly and place last ( fourth ) dhokla disc and place it on the garlic chutney.
Once again press it down with the rolling pin ( very gently ) and make sure filling doesn't come out.
Now with the sharp knife cut the layered dhokla in to square shape.
Make vaghar by heating oil, add mustard seeds once they crackle add hing.
and pour over the dhokla pieces.
Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve with tea.
Enjoy !

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  1. Wonderful creation from a beautiful lady. Just wow recipe. I loved the idea and the presentation and yes, you mom's mantra. We are not here to judge anyone. Great post dear. Keep it up.

    1. Thank you Nivedita..yes you nailed it, We are not here to judge anyone and no one should judge us either :D


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