Saturday, September 14, 2013


BM # 32 Week 2
Theme: Street Food
Cooking with alphabets "L"

The last few days I have been posting the Delhi street food, today for the final day of this week under street foods I shall take you to Surat. Locha is a Gujarati street food from Surat. Surati's eat very spicy food, they generally use green chilies to spice their food, so as to retain the green color of the veggies. They also use lot of black pepper.

Coming back to Locho, I heard about this from a friend and to my surprise we have a stall here in Ahmadabad for this spicy treat. Locho is made from a combination of lentils, which are soaked, ground to a paste and steamed. The basic taste is slightly different than the dhokla, since the lentils vary.After steaming these are removed with a spatula , drizzled with lots of ground nut oil and finally lots of fine sev is sprinkled. Sev as you all know is vermicelli made from gram flour.A spicy peanut chutney is a must.

Here is the recipe which my friend got me  from Surat....
1 cup Bengal gram
1/3 cup split black gram
1/3 cup poha
2-4 green chilly
1"piece ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
Pinch asafetida
Salt to taste
1 sachet ENO
Black pepper

Wash and soak the daals for 4-5 hours.
Soak the pressed rice for 10-15 minutes before grinding.
Grind the daals and poha to a fine paste.
Add salt, turmeric, chilly ginger paste and asafetida.
Add 2 tbsp oil.
Mix well.
Place a dhokla maker or steamer with water.
When the water boils add the ENO sachet to the batter and mix well.
Pour the batter into greased plates.
Sprinkle pepper.
Place these to steam.
This shall take about 10- 15 minutes.
Insert a knife to check if it is cooked.
The knife should come out clean.

Peanut Chutney
4 tbsp peanuts
1 small bunch coriander leaves
4-5 green chilly
Salt to taste
Lemon juice
Grind to a fine paste to make the chutney.

To serve

Remove the Locha with the help of a spatula ,spread it a little and drizzle ground nut oil.

Sprinkle farsaan sev and serve with chutney.

Some pics that I captured on the sole stall of Locho in Ahemadabad.

Here is a what I posted under Street Foods for this week

Jal Jeera
Kulle keChaat

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  1. Everyday am learning a new street food Vaishali..Locho is completely a unknown dish for me, am hearing and seeing for the first time here..

  2. surati locho looks super yumm and in my to do list for long :) this is tempting me to make them soon :) looks so delicious dear :)

  3. never heard of this looks a lot like dhokla but made beautifully loving the recipe.

  4. When I read about Locho, i imagined the regular pile of flour sprinkled with some garnishings. you make even the simplest of recipes in to exotic ones, i am sure whoever sees these pictures is going to jump upon and try them out

  5. a must try for sure. Love the vibrant color of that chutney

  6. Locho, one of my favourite Gujju dishes. the taste varies with the change in proportion and use of different lentils. Yours looks yummy with that green chutney and sev.

  7. Looks absolutely yum VAshali and beautifully presented. Now I am eyeing your steamer plates :)

  8. what a delicious and lipsmacking snack. It sounds protein rich and delicious too..

  9. OMG Vaishali this looks so stunning..I am hearing for the first time..and wish you had treated this during our visit..heheh..I guess if that was the case we would have stayed back for so many more days...

  10. You should be given an additional title of Street food queen ..I am spel bound with the varieties of street food dished out by you!

  11. Vaishali, your street food week is fantastic. I haven't heard these recipes and I am going to try one by one. Locho looks really nice...

  12. Love this too Vaishali. This actually comes under healthy meal rather than street food. :)

  13. wish I could enjoy this!!! and I am bookmarking this!!


  14. Lovely dish.. looks irresistibly tempting..

  15. You take even the simplest of the dishes to a whole new level with your details and pictures and the additional info :)...Loved the pictures of the locho stall...

  16. And of course, loved your presentation as well!

  17. to you mnage to come up with so many recipes and such an awsome pic!!!

  18. Your posts are so thoughtful coordinating with pictures from you trip. This way you are taking us to a virtual tour...Love this dish. can the eno be substituted with baking soda? If so how much?

  19. Lovely and mouthwatering clicks and this recipe was also in my to do list :) lots of recipes are common in between us :)

  20. Like a magician you have tempeted me for the last so many days with amazingly beautiful dishes. This one is another one that I need to try. Thanks