Spinach (palak) dhokla recipe – Spinach with arhar (toor) dal dhoklas

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Spinach (palak) dhokla is a very healthy, simple and tasty snack prepared with spinach leaves and tur dal as the main ingredients.  It is a delicious steamed lentil and spinach puree cake recipe which requires minimum oil and a good way to include green leafy vegetables in your daily diet.  Spinach dhokla is best enjoyed as a breakfast dish or as an evening snack.

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Prep Time :  10 mins plus 5-6 hours of soaking time

Cook Time : 25  mins

Servings :  2-3 persons

North Indian cuisine 

INGREDIENTS

Spinach (palak) blanched and pureed – 1 cup (Two small bunches of spinach)

Tur/Arhar dal – 1/2 cup

Curd/yoghurt  1/2 cup

Green chilli-ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoons

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Eno fruit salt – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

FOR GREASING THE DHOKLA PLATE

Oil – 2 teaspoons

FOR TEMPERING

Oil – 2 teaspoons

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

White sesame seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 tablespoons

FOR GARNISHING

Chopped coriander leaves

Freshly grated coconut

HOW TO MAKE OR PREPARE PALAK (SPINACH) DHOKLA RECIPE

Take 2 bunches of spinach and wash them thoroughly.   Blanch the spinach leaves along with the stalk and make 1 cup of puree.   Keep aside.

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Grease the dhokla plate with the oil and keep it ready.

Wash and soak the tur dal for 5-6 hours in sufficient water.  Drain the water and grind the tur dal with yoghurt and make a thick smooth paste/batter of it.

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Remove the tur dal paste/batter in a bowl.  Add spinach puree, green chilli ginger paste, salt, sugar, oil and lemon juice and mix well.  Lastly add eno salt and give a final mix.

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 Immediately pour the batter into the greased dhokla plate.

Heat sufficient water in a steamer pot.  Place the dhokla plate/stand in the steamer.  Close the lid and steam on high for 15 minutes or till done.  Once cooled down, remove the dhokla plate.

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Heat oil in a tadka pan.  Add mustard seeds and sesame seeds and allow it to crackle.  Switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons of water to the seasoning.  (This helps the keep the dhoklas moist and soft).  Take care as the oil will start spluttering.

Pour this seasoning over the dhoklas and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut. Cut in desired shapes and enjoy the dhoklas.

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Serve palak dhoklas warm with green chutney or tomato ketchup or as it is.

NOTES/TIPS

Once eno salt is added to the batter, steam the batter immediately in the steamer pot.

You can also add chopped green chillies to the batter for a more spicy flavor.

Ensure that the batter is of a smooth and little thick consistency.

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