Preparation time: 30 minutes + soaking time Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients
for the dhokla:
1 cup sama ke chawal
3 cups buttermilk
salt to taste
for the tempering:
3-4 green chilies slit length wise
3-4 springs curry leaves
2 tsp peanut oil
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
1.5 cup water
Soak the rice in the buttermilk and salt overnight.
Make a batter of the rice by blending it in mixie or food processor
Mix well and pour into a greased plate or steaming vessel. Steam till set and cooked. (approx. 10 minutes)
Let it cool completely. Then cut it in squares.
For the tempering, heat oil in a pan, tip in the hing and rai seeds and let them crackle. Add the chilies and curry leaves and stir them to let them cook and release their aroma. Pour water and add the sugar, let it come to a soft boil.
Take off the heat, add the lime juice and pour over the steamed dhokla. Let the sweet and sour water soak in, it will all disappear within 5 minutes. The dhokla will swell up so make space for them by removing a few from the plate.
Serve at room temperature.
Life always gives big opportunities in the form of small hints. The big move in Pankaj Bhadouria’s life came with a small step when she decided to leave her successful teaching career spanning over 16 years and enter India's 1st televised cookery reality show - MasterChef India on the leading GEC - Star Plus.
And as they say, fortune favours the brave, Pankaj went on to become a worthy winner and with it India's first ever MasterChef.
The comfort of the classroom gave way to the adulations, accolades and a host of achievements. Pankaj hosted her first cookery show - "Chef Pankaj ka Zayka" on Star Plus during Sep-Oct 2011 where she showcased her passion for cooking. The success of this daily show added another flavor to her sweet success.