Quick and Easy, Low Calorie, Microwave, Breakfast Recipes: Soft, Spongy Dhokla in 5 Minutes
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Why Do You Need A Quick Recipe For Breakfast!
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- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and most of us believe that.
- Ideally it should contain all possible nutrients to keep you energetic through the day.
- That's the reason most of us include Carbohydrates, Proteins, fruits and vegetables etc. etc. in our morning breakfast.
- I also do the same for my family. But sometimes eating the same food every day becomes boring. And fortunately or unfortunately my family loves variety.
- Therefore I have to think of new ways to impress their appetite.
- Indian breakfast recipes comprise mostly of vegetable stuffed Parantha, Idlis, Perched Rice Upma, Rawa or Sooji Upma etc.
- And needless to say they require lot of planning and preparation.
- Therefore many working couples nowadays prefer Oats, Cornflakes, Sandwiches, Muesli and other quick and easy breakfast options.
- I personally prefer recipes, which are cooked quickly with minimum ingredients.
- At the same time it should be nutritious with less in calorie.
- Besan Dhokla is one such breakfast recipe, which is prepared with very few ingredients, is nutritious and does not require too much of preparation.
- Hope you like this!
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- 250 gm. Besan or Gram flour, Besan or Gram flour packets are easily available at grocery shops or super markets
- 1 cup Beaten Curd, Home made curds are best suited for this recipe.
- 1/2 teaspoonful Salt
- 10 to 20 Curry leaves, For Aroma
- 1 tablespoonful Cooking oil, For Tempering
- 1 teaspoonful Black Mustard Seeds, For Tempering
- 1 Finely chopped Green chili, Optional
The simple steps to cook steaming hot Dhoklas!
- Mix Besan or Gram flour, salt with the beaten curd thoroughly and evenly. It is better to use slightly sour curd. The consistency should resemble a cake mixture.
- Cover it and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Grease a microwave friendly bowl and pour the mixture in it.
- Place the bowl in a microwave and set it for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes open the door of the microwave and check with a toothpick or knife to see that its done.
- The toothpick or the knife should come out clean.
- If it is not then cook for another 5 minutes.
- Take the Dhokla out and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then cut into square or diamond shapes.
- For seasoning or 'baghar/ chownk' , heat oil in a pan. Add black mustard seeds, green chili and curry leaves.
- Evenly spread on the Dhokla and mix gently. Serve hot.
Do you like Microwave cooking?
Some Other Variations And Tips:
- Dhokla can also be made with Semolina flour, Rice flour or any other Daal or pulses flour.
- Dhokla can be prepared in advance, that is previous night as well. Only the tempering (chownk/ baghar/ tadka) part can be done when it is to be eaten.
- It can be heated in a microwave for 30 seconds.
- Some Microwaves may be different with regard to time and temperature. You may cook according to your microwave' s instructions.
- Some people complain that microwave cooking dries their recipe.
- You may put little water in a cup inside your microwave to avoid that. You may also cover the mixture loosely with microwave friendly lid, to avoid drying.
- The traditional method of cooking Dhokla is in a double boiler or in a pressure cooker.
- The Dhokla no doubt tastes delicious but takes more time than microwave cooking.
- Some people prefer to add baking powder in the mixture to let the Dhokla rise and become spongy.
- It is your individual preference. I believe it may not be necessary in Microwave cooking.
- But in the fast paced life of today, Microwave cooking is a good option for busy couples.
- Enjoy the recipe!
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