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Vrat ka dhokla or Sama ke Chawal ka Dhokla

A healthy savory steamed cake made with barnyard millet. Its light, spongy and extremely delicious!!
Course Snacks And Appetizers
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 PEOPLE
Calories 309kcal
Author Ruchi



  • 1 cup Sama Rice
  • cup Sabudana/Sago Pearls
  • 2 tablespoons Beaten Curd (yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons Water (add slowly to adjust consistency)
  • ½ teaspoon Citric acid
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • teaspoon Baking powder (see notes above)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Oil to grease the bowl


  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 3 pieces of Green Chilies
  • 10 leaves of Curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar (optional)



  • Wash sama rice under tap water until it runs clear. Set it aside to drain.
  • Transfer raw sabudana to a grinder.
  • Cover the blender and grind the sabudana/sago pearls until it reaches a fine powder-like consistency.
  • Combine powdered sabudana and sama rice in a bowl. Add enough water to soak the grains. Set it aside in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • After the desired cycle is over, blend the soaked mixture to make a smooth batter. The batter should be creamy, not grainy. If it's grainy, blend until smooth. Add yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, citric acid, and salt. Mix to combine. The batter should of pouring consistency. If it's thick, add extra water to adjust the consistency.
  • Grease a tray or thali.
  • When ready to steam, add baking powder and whisk the batter. The more the air is incorporated in the batter, the lighter the dhokla will become .
  • Pour batter in the greased tray and..
  • Steam for 12- 15 minutes until the knife comes out clean.
  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Carefully flip it over.
  • Assemble ingredients for tempering.
  • Prepare tempering and add 2-3 tablespoon of water.
  • Pour it on top of the dhokla.
  • Cut into squares and..
  • Serve hot with vrat ki chutney. (link mentioned above in the main post). For Navratri meal planner please visit the links above.


  • Pour in a microwave baking cup.
  • Cook for 30-40 seconds.
  • Light and airy microwave dhokla.
  • Allow it to cool for few seconds and invert it over.
  • Prepare tempering as explained above.
  • Pour over dhokla and enjoy!
  • For a big batch microwave dhokla for 1 minute or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cut into squares, pour tempering and enjoy with vrat ki chutney.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 102mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg