Dhokla Sandwich (Savoury & Steamed)


tri-colored-sandwich-dhoklaThere are times when I get a huge urge of eating something attractive and delicious, but also something that does not come with loads of calories! Sandwich Dhokla, a delicacy originated from Gujarat, is one such low-fat recipe that is not only beautiful to look at, but tastes great too. With 2 kinds of dhoklas (savory steamed cake) layered one on top of the other, sandwiching a spicy cilantro sauce in between, serve to be perfect finger food served with your choice of dipping sauce. The color of the dish is pleasing to the eye, and with hardly any calories or fat content, these savory sandwich dhoklas are a healthy alternative to other fried appetizer choices. Not only that, as you can see in the picture, the Tri-colored Sandwich Dhoklas look great on a plate too!

Ingredients

Yellow Dhokla

1 cup Besan (Chickpea flour/gram flour)
2 tbsp Rava (Sooji)
1/2 tsp Citric acid crystals (or Eno Fruit salt)
Salt - to taste
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Baking soda

Green Dhokla

2 cups Rava (semolina)
1/2 cup sour curd or buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped coriander
1 tsp soda bicarb
2 tbsp oil
3-4 green chillies - chopped
salt - to taste
2 cups water (use only 1 1/2 cup if you have used buttermilk instead of curd)

Method
Mix all the ingredients for the Yellow Dhokla except the baking soda. Add about 3/4 cup of water. The batter should be about the consistancy of dosa batter. Add little more water if required. Cover the batter and keep it aside, allowing it to ferment for at least an hour or two if possible (this makes softer dhoklas).

Take the chopped coriander and green chillies, and blend to form a smooth paste with about 2 tbsp water. Repeat the same procedure as above by mixing all the ingredients for the Green Dhokla, except the soda bicarb and keep aside.

Steaming the Dhoklas
Apply some oil to a deep, flat bottomed stainless steel vessel (like a cake pan) that fits into your pressure cooker. Pour some water into the cooker and let it boil.

Once the water boils, add the baking soda to both the batters and mix it up. You should see the batter froth up a little.

Pour it into the prepared vessel to half the height, leaving ample space for the steamed batter to rise up and expand. If you are going to do this in batches, add the baking soda to the divided batter each time before steaming rather than adding it to the whole mixture. This ensures that the dhokla will become soft and fluffy.

Place it into the cooker and let it steam for about 10 minutes. Do not put the whistle on the cooker (just like idlis) Insert a toothpick in the center to see if its cooked through, then remove from the cooker and allow to cool a little.

Repeat this process for both the batters.

Layering and Assembling the Sandwich Dhokla
Cut squares (or other shapes) for both types of steamed cakes. Take the yellow dhokla pieces and apply some green cilantro chutney liberally on top of it. Now layer the green dhokla slices on top of it like a sandwich.

You can use any other desired spread for the sandwich, like salsa or cheese. Then add a dollop of ketchup on the top.

Serve the Sandwich Dhokla with your favorite dip as an attractive and healthy appetizer!

Related Recipes:
Soft & Fluffy Khaman Dhokla
Methi-Palak na Muthiya(Steamed Dumplings)
Chana-Masala Sandwich-Indian Bruschetta


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41 comments :

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Mansi this is torture... Its too tempting ya.. !!

easycrafts said...

this dhokla looks stunning...pls send them over to me

Ben said...

This is a very interesting sandwich/cake It does look appetizing and I wouldn't say no to a piece of it. When can I come over for one? :-p

Pearlsofeast said...

wow, Mansi very interesting and nice idea, Love yummy sandwich recipe.

ANJALI J. said...

Delicious Sandwich Dhokla Mansi, loved the color

bee said...

my mom used to make something similar. one can never tire of this.

Rupa said...

Delicious dhoklas left me drooling :)

Jagruti said...

Wow!! nice recipe Mansi :)

Mansi Desai said...

This one turned out much more tastier and prettier than I had imagined! we loved it, and as Bee said, there is no end to variations for this recipe...use different sauces and more colorful layers to make it more festive!

I'm glad all of you liked it too!:) thanks for your kind words!

Susan said...

this is mind blowing! I am do making this coming friday for my small evening get-together! they look very pretty, and the picture is just perfect!:)

-Susan

Trupti said...

wow mansi Dhokla Sandwich looks delicious..mouth watering

Richa said...

s/w dhokla looks so good, Mansi!
lovely colors & texture.
i usually put some chutney & ketchup bet'n the slices.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ooh, I'd love to try a bite of that dhokla sandwich. I've never had one before, and I think I'm seriously missing out.

Arundathi said...

never heard of sandwich dhoklas - looks lovely!!

notyet100 said...

THIS IS SOMETHING NEW,..AND LOOKS TASTY TOO...

Vanamala said...

Wow my fav....:) thanks for sharing

Srivalli said...

mansi..thats one creative dish!..lovely colour!

Divya Vikram said...

looks attractive and delicious too

Maya said...

Sandwich Doklas! I love the but have never tried to make them. Your look lovely!

kamala said...

Unique one Mansi

Alpa said...

now all i need is some chai :)

Mansi Desai said...

thanks for the pleasing comments and feedback! I'm genuinely happy everyone liked it...its not a very common dish, but surely a crowd-pleaser:)

Nithu said...

Delicious dhoklas. Nice picture. it's really tempting...

AnuZi said...

Authentic Dhokla is hard to come by. And your's looks sooooo good. I might just have to visit to taste it :o)

Swati Raman Garg said...

iam a dhokla and khandvi fan and urs looks so colorful and tempting...this is not fare... :(

Uma said...

looks really delicious, Mansi! nice presentation.

Red Chillies said...

Good Lord Mansi, I had heard so much about this recipe but did not know the cooking procedure. So glad that you revealed this healthy, delicious recipe.

Rachel said...

That is a very innovative sandwhich!

Deepu said...

lollllll okkkkkkk....i NEVER had a dhokla sandwich before! i've seen all sorts of South Indian recipes but this is quite interesting!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh, they look so beautiful!! I feel like grabbing some, right out of the pic

Suganya said...

Its such a neat idea, Mansi.

Homecooked said...

Nice idea Mansi! These look really pretty! My mom-in-law makes lovely dhoklas....these are a step up i guess :)

Kalai said...

Wonderful idea, Mansi!! These look so fantastic. :)

Creativecook said...

Thank you so much for posting this, I had wanted to try this, but did not have a good recipe, must try this.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mansi,
I've been enjoying your recipes for a while now.. and keep coming for more. I dont want to sound offensive here, but just wanted to ask .. do you actually use 2 tsp bking pwd. I tried your earlier recipe and 2 tsp was just too much, it left a very strong after-taste.
Thanks for sharing. You've got a good creative streak. Angela

Mansi Desai said...

HI angela, thanks for taking time to write about this. actually, for dhoklas, it really depends on the type of gram flour you use. In india, 1 tsp of baking soda used to be enough, I didn't even need baking pwd due to the high heat in the country...but in US, I cannot get the dough to ferment, especially when I'm in a hurry, so I opt for adding baking powder too..but you can reduce the amount to 1 tsp if the after-taste does not work for you...in fact, I'd recommend adding just 1 tsp each of baking soda and powder, then leave it covered to ferment for at least 2-3 hours if you can...

I'll update this post with the above info:) Thanks for being a regular visitor, and appreciate your commitment!:)

Claudine said...

So, this is a spicy cake as opposed to being sweet? It looks yummy!

Kalyn said...

What a brilliant recipe. Everything about this sounds just delicious to me. Great post, loved reading it.

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South Indian Sweets said...

Nice recipe...

South Indian Recipes said...

Thanks for the recipe. I will try it.