Sama rice or barnyard millets/mordhan/moraiyo is a gluten- free grain which behaves like rice and is a perfect fasting ingredient. This quick and simple phalahari dhokla is ideal for any vrat or fast.
On the occassion of Navratri, here is another samarecipe -Vrat ka dhokla or Sama ke Chawal ka Dhokla. This dhokla is made with buttermilk and is extremely light and very airy. Pair it up withvrat ki chutneyand they both complement each other perfectly.
RECIPE DETAIL – Soak sama ke chawal and powdered sabudana in buttermilk for 3- 4 hours or you can soak it overnight in the refrigerator. After the soaking time, grind it into a smooth batter, add enough water to make a batter of thick dropping consistency. Make sure that the batter is a smooth paste. If the mixture is grainy, dhokla will not be light and airy .
Add eno and mix. If you do not consume eno in vrat than add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon citric acid. Some people consume baking soda/eno in vrat but some don’t. Rule of thumb – when in doubt consult your elders. Other option is to ferment the batter and steam. 🙂
Grease a plate, pour the mix and steam dhokla for 12- 15 minutes or until the inserted knife comes out clean.
Prepare the tempering with ingredients mentioned below and as they start to sizzle, take it off the flame and pour over dhokla. Cut squares and enjoy it with vrat ki chutney .
TIPS – – Yogurt mixed with water can be used instead of buttermilk.
– This dhokla can be prepared in a microwave too. Pour the mixture into a microwavable bowl and cook for 5-6 minutes until the knife comes out clean. Allow it to cool, invert and cut squares.