Besan Dhokla | Steamed Gram flour Sweet Savory Cake | My Favorite Breakfast

Besan Dhokla is one my favorite breakfast. Dhokla is a Gujarati recipe made using besan, baking soda or Eno, and tempered with curry leaves. This vegetarian snack is an ideal dish for occasions like kitty parties, family get together or picnic. It is protein-rich, healthy and very easy to make with very few ingredients.

Besan Dhokla

Besan Dhokla | Steamed Gram flour Savory Cake | My Favorite Breakfast

Dhokla is not only tasty but is healthy and nutritious too as it made by steaming instead of frying. Also Besan (Gram Flour) which is its main ingredient, has fewer calories and more proteins as compared to wheat flour. Dhokla is very easy to make and can be enjoyed as a snack at any time of the day. It is also a great option for a light and healthy breakfast.

Steamed Gram Flour Sweet Savory Cake

Ingredients:
For Dhokla:

Besan – 1 cup
Curd – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Oil – 1/2 tsp
Eno or Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Black mustard seeds or Rai – 1/2 tsp
White sesame seeds – 1 tbsp
Curry leaves – 8
Oil – 1/2 tbsp
Water – 1 & 1/4 cup
Green chili – 2
Juice of one lemon
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp

Steamed, Juicy Besan Dhokla

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients mentioned under dhokla except Eno. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Keep 2 cups of water in a deep kadhai and put a stand in it. Cover it and let it boil for 5 minutes. Now add Eno in a dhokla batter and pour 1 tsp of lemon juice over it. Mix it well.
  3. Pour Dhokla batter into greased pan and steam for 15-20 minutes. Check with a toothpick if it cum out clean then it’s done. Allow dhokla to cool completely.
  4. For Tempering: Heat oil in a small pan, first add the mustard seeds. Let them pop first. Now add chopped chilies and then white sesame seeds and curry leaves.
  5. In bowl mix water, sugar and add this mixture to tempering and boil for a minute.
  6. Then switch off the flame and add lemon juice. Mix it well.
  7. Then pour this hot mixture over steamed besan dhokla and cut into the desired shape.
Perfect Snack

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries | Healthy Snack | Crispy Zucchini Fries

These Zucchini Fries are easy to make, tastes great and they are so much healthier when baked in the oven. They are delicious and just melt in your mouth. They can be served as an appetizer, as a side dish, as an evening snack. 

Crispy Zucchini Fries

Zucchini can be cooked in so many ways and used for many things. Some people enjoy them grilled, sauteed, baked, the options are endless. I love to use zucchini in baking, in curries, or even making sweet dishes as well.

Click here for Zucchini Recipe – Zucchini Kheer, Chana Dal with Zucchini & Carrot , Tea Time Healthy Snack With Zucchini and Carrot, Zucchini Chocolate Cake 

Oven Baked Fries

Zucchini is also used as filling veggies in stir-fry, soups, as a side dish, in replacement of fries, mostly as a low carb option veggie to make meals more filling. There are endless ways you can incorporate Zucchini into your diet. 

Healthy Snack

With a few ingredients, you will get crispy, healthy, and delicious fries. For this recipe, I used chickpea and oats flour breading ingredients to pack in extra nutrients and protein. Then coated zucchini fries with corn flakes crumbs which makes fries crispy and tasty.

Cornflakes Crumbs used for coating

Gram flour or Chickpea flour is popularly used in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other cuisines. It is a great gluten-free substitute for wheat or all-purpose flour in many recipes, and can also be used to thicken sauces or curries. Oats flour is one of my favorite and one of the easiest to use ingredients. I never missed any chance to add oats in my cooking. It helps thicken gravies, work as healthy substitutes for refined flours and grains.

Chickpea | Oats Flour

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries | Healthy Snack

One of the fabulous veggies of summer is Zucchini and fries made with fresh zucchini is an ultimate, healthy snack to enjoy. It’s a fabulous way to use up all that extra zucchini and added nutrition is just a bonus.

Served with Greek yogurt

Ingredients :

1 medium size Zucchinis cut into fries

For Chickpea Batter:
Gram flour or besan or Chickpea – 1/2 cup
Oat flour – 1/4 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Himalayan pink salt to taste

For Cornflakes Crumbs :
Cornflakes – 2 cups
Garlic powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli flakes – 1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
Himalayan pink salt to taste

Vegetable Fries

Method :

  1. Cut zucchini into fries and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  2. For Chickpea Batter – Mix all ingredients mentioned under the chickpea batter and make a smooth batter. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  3. For Corn Flakes Crumbs – Grind corn flakes with all garlic powder, red chili flakes, black pepper powder, Himalayan pink salt to taste in a hand grinder mixer jar. Take out on a plate and keep it aside.
  4. Set up your “workstation“: Chickpea Batter, Cornflakes Crumbs, Zucchinis fries, the Baking tray with butter paper.
  5. Take a zucchini fry and roll in the Chickpea Batter mixture until coated from both sides. Then coat in the cornflakes crumbs.
  6. Line a baking tray with butter paper. Transfer coated zucchini fries onto the baking sheet. 
  7. Preheat an oven 180 C. Bake for 30 minutes and bake until golden brown. Serve warm with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce or with greek yogurt.
My Favorite Snack

Tip: Use two forks, one for Corn Flakes Crumbs and one for Chickpea Batter. This helps to keep things clean.

Set up your “workstation

Orangey Besan Dhokla | No Sugar | Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Dhokla is a vegetarian food item that originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as the main course, as a side dish, or as a snack. Being steamed besan dhokla is healthy and nutritious too. It is my favorite breakfast.

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No Sugar Dhokla

Made from besan this dish is nutritious, low calorie, protein-rich recipe ideal for breakfast or snack time. But this Dhokla is little different. It’s Sugarless. Generally, we add sugar to make dhokla little sweet. So I replace sugar with orange juice or mousambi juice. It makes dhokla tastier and healthier.

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Juicy Dhokla

Ingredients:

For Besan Dhokla:
Besan – 1 cup
Curd – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Eno or Baking soda – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Mustard Seeds or Rai – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1/2 tsp
Water – 1 cup
Green chilli – 3
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Fresh orange juice – 1 cup
1/2 cup Pomegranate for garnishing

Method:

  1. Mix all above Dhokla ingredients except Eno and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Keep 2 cups of water in deep kadai and put a stand in it. Cover it and let it boil for 5 minutes. Now add Eno in a dhokla batter and pour 1 tsp of lemon juice over it. Mix it well.
  3. Pour Dhokla batter into greased pan and steam for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Check with a toothpick if it comes out clean then it’s done. Allow dhokla to cool completely.
  5. Heat oil in a small pan, first add the mustard seeds. Let them pop first. Now add chopped chilies.
  6. In bowl mix water, lemon juice and add this mixture to tempering and boil for a minute.
  7. Then pour this hot mixture over steamed besan dhokla.
  8. Keep aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add fresh Orange juice and serve immediately.

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Besan Orangey Dhokla

Tip :

  • Add juice just before serving.
  • Mosambi juice gives more sweet and tangy taste.
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Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Chukandar Anar Dhokla (Beetroot Gram Flour Steamed Cake With Pomegranate Juice) | Iron Rich Breakfast

Chukandar Anar Dhokla is a regular besan dhokla recipe with an addition of beetroot and pomegranate juice. Beetroot is one my favorite vegetable and I never missed any chance to add beetroot to my cooking. They are rich in nutrients that help to boost your immune system and can produce new blood cells. This time I wanted to try beetroot with besan or chickpea flour and it came out very well.

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Super Healthy Breakfast

Some time back I shared Orangey Besan Dhokla with orange juice this time replaced orange juice with fresh pomegranate juice. It tastes delicious and sweet with no sugar added to this recipe.

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Fresh Pomegranate Juice

Ingredients:
For Dhokla:

Besan – 1 cup
Rava – 4 tbsp
Curd – 1/4 cup
Beetroot Puree* – 1 cup
Oil – 1 tsp
Eno – 1 tsp
Juice of one lemon
Finely chopped green chili – 1
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Mustard seeds (small) – 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves – 5
Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp
Oil – 1/2 tbsp
Water – 1 & 1/2 cups
Finely chopped green chili – 1
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

Fresh Pomegranate Juice – 1 cup

Method:

  1. Mix all dhokla ingredients except Eno. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Keep 2 cups of water in deep kadai and put a stand in it. Cover it and let it boil for 5 minutes. Now add Eno in a dhokla batter and pour 1 tsp of lemon juice over it. Mix it well.
  3. Pour prepared batter into the greased pan and place it on the stand inside the kadai.
  4. Cover the kadai and steam the dhokla on high flame for 15 – 20 minutes.
  5. To check the doneness, insert a toothpick. If the mixture does not stick, it means the dhokla is done (If the toothpick has the batter on it, then steam dhokla for another 5 minutes).
  6. Switch off the flame and allow dhokla to cool completely.
  7. Insert a knife around the edges to loosen up dhokla. Flip it over onto a plate and cut into squares.
  8. For Tempering: Heat oil in a small pan, first add the mustard seeds. Let them pop first. Now add curry leaves, chopped chilies, and sesame seeds.
  9. Add 1 & 1/2 cups of water to tempering and allow mixture to boil for 2 minutes.
  10. Switch off the flame and add lemon juice. Mix well.
  11. Then pour this hot mixture over steamed dhokla.
  12. Keep aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add fresh Pomegranate juice and Green chutney. Serve immediately.
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Beetroot Besan Dhokla With Anar Juice

Tips:

For Beetroot Puree:

  • Boil medium size beetroot in a pressure cooker and then peel the boiled beetroot.
  • Cut boiled beetroot into small cubes and grind with 1/2 cup of water.
  • Make a smooth puree. It yields 1 cup of beetroot puree.
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Healthy Breakfast

Non- Fried Bread Pakora – Holi Special

Bread pakora or Bread Bhaji is an Indian fried snack. A common street food, it is made from bread slices, gram flour, and spices among other ingredients. Bread Pakora is prepared by dipping triangular bread slices in a spicy gram flour batter and frying them. It also includes stuff like mashed potatoes. green chutney, a slice of paneer.

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Non-Fried Bread Pakora

I made little bit changes to make bread pakora healthier. I replaced potato with sweet potato, add oats flour with gram flour and its roasted on tawa with little oil. Its perfect savory snack in this Holi.

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Savory Holi Recipe

Non- Fried Bread Pakora

For Stuffing:
Thin slices of Paneer – 6
Boiled and Cubed Sweet Potatoes – 2 medium size
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp
Finely chopped onion – 1
Finely chopped green chili – 1
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Green Raw Mango Coriander Chutney – 1/2 cup

For Pakora Batter:
Gram flour or besan – 3/4 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Carom seeds – 1/2 tsp
Oats flour – 1/4 cup
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For Pakora:
Roasted Sesame and Flaxseeds – 1/4 cup each
Brown Bread – 8

Oil for roasting

Method:

For Stuffing:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Allow it to crackle.
  2. Add chopped onions and saute them until translucent.
  3. Lower the flame and add red chili powder, chaat masala, chopped green chili. Mix them well.
  4. Add boiled and cubed sweet potato. Cook on medium-high flame for 5 minutes.
  5. Switch off the flame and mash it with a potato masher.
  6. Stuffing is ready.

For Pakora Batter:

Mix all ingredients mentioned under pakora batter and make a smooth batter. The batter should be of dropping consistency.

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Making Bread Pakora:

  1. Take on a slice of the bread. Spread prepared sweet potato mixture and place a slice of paneer on the mixture.
  2. Now spread green chutney on the other slice of bread and place on sweet potato mixture slice.
  3. Press both the slices and so that it holds together.
  4. Dip prepared stuffed bread in the batter and coat from both the sides.
  5. Heat a non-stick tawa with a little oil and place batter-coated bread pakora carefully on it.
  6. Sprinkle some sesame and flaxseeds on it. Press lightly with the help of a spatula.
  7. Shallow fry on medium to low heat until golden color.
  8. Put little oil on bread pakora and flip pakora with a flat spatula.
  9. When bread pakora is roasted from both the sides. Pick bread pakora (vertically) with the help of tong and roasted from other four sides as well.
  10. Take it out in a paper towel. Cut it from the center in a triangular shape. Serve with your favorite chutney.

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