Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spinach and Peanut Dhokla / Spinach and Peanut steamed Lentil Cakes

BM # 64
Week :2, Day : 3
Theme: Brunch ideas for Kids

Our family is a great fan of Dhoklas and I keep trying different version of these steamed cakes. Yes this is my post for Day 3 under Brunch Ideas.Since the Dhoklas have rice and dal both I wanted to make them healthier, so added some greens and peanuts, this gave them added nutrition and of course a beautiful color combination. When ever I cook i remember my moms words, she always says the food should always have a good color combination, it makes it very pleasing.even a menu should be planned in such a manner that the table should have all colors , that will automatically make it a balanced meal. Anyway let's come to these Dhoklas.

Spinach and Peanut Dhokla

2 cups rice
1 cup mixed lentils
( Bengal gram . Pigeon pea, split black gram )
1/4 cup curd
1 tsp chilly ginger garlic paste
Pinch turmeric
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
1 sachet ENO

11/2 cups spinach, chopped and slightly wilted
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely ground

Wash and soak rice and lentils overnight.
Grind them to a fine paste.
Add curd and leave to ferment for 3-5 hours , depending on the temperature.
Add turmeric, chilly ginger garlic paste, oil and salt to taste,
Mix well.
Heat a steamer with enough water.
Grease a tray and place it in the steamer.
Add ENO and quickly mix the batter,
Por immediately in the tray.
Close the lid and steam for 7-8 minutes.
Open the lid spread a layer of spinach and another layer of peanuts.
Sprinkle salt and Chaat masala.
Cover the lid and steam for another 5-7 minutes
Remove the tray from steamer, let cool slightly.
Cut into pieces .

Temper with mustard and sesame seeds.

The spinach can be used raw also, it shall cook since we are steaming again. It really doesn't require much time.
The peanuts become slightly soggy and taste a little like boiled peanuts, you could add these at the time of serving if you prefer that crunch.

Check out some more Dhoklas here.

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  1. Simply irresistible and those peanut topping looks extremely alluring. Awesome choice for brunch.

  2. Those Dhoklas look seriously sinful Vaishali..I am sure I will enjoy my brunch with these slices!..enjoyed your brunch dishes...great options..

  3. These dhoklas look so tempting with spinach and peanuts on top. Lovely idea.

  4. A very nutritious version. Love the addition of spinach and peanuts.

  5. Such a healthy and filling brunch recipe.You have sliced it so perfectly.

  6. Yummy and colorful looking dhoklas Vaishali. Peanuts must add nice crunch to these. That is an awesome tip from your mom -- I'll keep that in mind when planning a dish or a menu :-)

  7. These dokhlas look absolutely divine. Greens and peanuts add a nice look to doklas..

  8. Love the addition of peanuts. That would give it a nice crunch. I agree with your mom about the food looking appetizing to the eyes before tasting them :)

  9. Wow! this version of dhokla sounds very flavorful