Softest rava dhokla (Suji/semolina dhokla)

These rava dhokla are soft, buttery and they will almost melt in your mouth. Learn how to make them thin like how it is made in most Gujarati households and get addicted.

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Dhokla, handvo, patra, muthia are some of the most known Gujarati foods.  Dhokla, a steamed savory snack – farsan – can be enjoyed as a snack or even as a light meal. There are so many types of dhokla but some of the most known are khaman dhokla and khatta dhokla (thin, white dhokla).

I grew up eating my mum’s signature dish, khatta dhokla (khatta = sour) sprinkled with coarsely ground black peppercorns. Khatta dhokla or even known as safed (white) dhokla is made of from the mix of rice and lentils that is sun dried and then milled in a slightly coarse powder.  My mum would always have a large steel container filled with homemade dhokla flour in her pantry. Not a person to waste anything, she would soak the dhokla flour in the buttermilk she would get after making ghee. A clever idea, won’t you say? Not only it would add a lot of creaminess to the dhokla but would also give it that ‘tang’ necessary to the dhokla.

Softest Rava dhokla (Suji/semolina dhokla)
Softest Rava dhokla (Suji/semolina dhokla)

I have tried so many times to replicate the flavours of her khatta dhokla but haven’t come closer to the taste I grew up with. So, my saviour is these rava na dhokla, that has a similar texture that I grew up eating. Using the same technique as hers, I soaked suji in buttermilk + oil mix overnight that yielded me soft, buttery dhokla.

The best way to enjoy these dhokla is when it is thin, hot, smeared with raw peanut oil with a bowl of cold aamras!! It is divine! The coriander chutney, koro sambar (Gujarati pickle spice blend) and masala tea/a bowl of curd are other combination that pair beautifully with a thali of dhokla.

Softest Rava dhokla (Suji/semolina dhokla)
Softest Rava dhokla (Suji/semolina dhokla)

If you liked this recipe, you may want to have a look at some of these other Gujarati recipes too:

  1. Kutti dal na dhokla (Buckwheat grits dhokla)
  2. Orange glazed muthia 
  3. Sweet and sour bhakri 
  4. Satpadi rotli 
  5. Dabeli 

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