Vegetable Oats Ragi Rava Dhoklas (Savory Cakes)

These Dhoklas are a healthy swap from the traditionally made semolina dhoklas that is made with just semolina. These dhoklas are prepared with Ragi / Finger Millet flour along with grounded Oats powder and combined with Semolina. The reason behind adding Ragi is that it is loaded with calcium, fiber, protein and helps lowering cholesterol levels. Oats are loaded with dietary fiber, help in lowering cholesterol levels and also keeps you full for a while. I have also added vegetables to increase the nutritive value of the recipe further. It’s a simple recipe which can be served for breakfast or anytime you feel like having healthy.

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Ingredients: Serves 3
Roasted Rava / Sooji / Semolina – ½ cup
Finger Millet / Ragi Flour – 1 cup
Oats Powder – ½  cup (powder the oats in a  spice blender)
Salt – 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
Crushed green chilli – 1
Ginger grated – 1 teaspoon
Yogurt – ½ cup
Water – as needed to make the batter
Veggies – 1 cup (grated carrots, shredded spinach, onions, boiled crushed peas)
Eno Fruit Salt – 1 tablespoon
Olive Oil/ Vegetable Oil – 3 teaspoon
For Tempering – 1 teaspoon Olive Oil / Vegetable Oil
Mustard Seeds – ½ teaspoon
Red Chilies – 2
Curry Leaves – 4 to 5 leaves
Sesame Seeds – 1 teaspoon
Chopped Coriander leaves – for garnishing

Method :

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  1. To begin making the recipe, in a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients that is oats powder, semolina, ragi flour, salt, yogurt, 1 teaspoon oil and water to make a thick batter. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Make a paste of the green chilli and ginger by grinding it in a blender or a pestle and motor.

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3.To cook the veggies, in a pan/skillet add 1 teaspoon of oil and after the oil heats up add the onions, shredded spinach, grated carrots, boiled crushed peas and the ginger chilli paste and saute/ stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep aside.

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4. The Eno fruit salt should be mixed in well , or else the dhokla texture will be uneven.

5. While mixing the Eno fruit salt the batter will become little frothy and bubbly, so don’t worry. The reason for adding the Eno fruit salt is because it gives the dhokla soft and fluffy texture.

6. Prepare the steamer / pressure cooker (please do not use the pressure whistle of the cooker during the steaming process) by pouring water and preheating it on medium heat.

7. Grease the dhokla pans with a teaspoon of oil well on all the sides and pour the above batter into the pan until half full.

8. Depending on the size of the pan you can pour the batter. My pan is big so I poured the entire batter in the same pan. If your pan is small you can pour in two separate pans and steam one above the other.

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9. Cover and let it steam for about 20 to 25 minutes until a tester / tooth pick/ knife, when inserted comes out clean.

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10. Turn the heat off, remove the stand from the steamer / pressure cooker and allow it to rest for a couple of minutes before cutting.Now, cut the dhoklas in squares /diamonds or any shape you like.

11. For tempering, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a small pan on medium heat add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, sesame seeds, red chillies and allow them to crackle. Turn off the heat and spread the tempering over the steamed dhoklas.

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12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve them with Raw Mango Peanut chutney/ dip or any chutney you like.

Note:
The recipe for the Raw Mango Chutney can be viewed in the chutney / dip section
The recipe can also be made traditionally by using Chickpea / Besan flour.
Eno Fruit salt can be found in Indian grocery stores.
Dhokla Steamers can be bought at any Indian Grocery stores or at http://www.amazon.com

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