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Vrat Ka Dhokla

Dhokla made with Jungle rice

Sawa rice or sama rice, is a jungle rice that is a weed and therefore not a cultivated grain. Therefore, it can be consumed during the Navratri fast. This recipe is a steamed cake made with the rice and therefore much healthier and lighter!


For the dhokla:

  • 1 cup sama ke chawal/ jungle rice (awnless barnyard grass)
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • Rock salt to taste

For the tempering:

  • 3-4 green chilies slit length wise
  • 3-4 springs curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp peanut oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1.5 cup water


  1. Soak the rice in the buttermilk and salt for 4 hours.
  2. Make a batter of the rice by blending it in mixer or food processor.
  3. Mix well and pour into a greased plate or steaming vessel. Steam till set and cooked. (approx. 20 minutes)
  4. Let it cool completely. Then cut it in squares.
  5. For the tempering, heat oil in a pan.
  6. 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.
  7. Take off the heat, add the lime juice and pour over the steamed dhokla.
  8. Let the sweet and sour water soak in, it will all disappear within 5 minutes.
  9. The dhokla will swell up so make space for them by removing a few from the plate.
  10. Serve at room temperature.
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