Gujarati Dhokla


Even though there are so many exciting recipes and cuisines out there to try, nothing beats the food you grew up on. The food that makes you happy and creates a sense of nostalgia. The food that takes you back home.

My lovely Aunty sent me some homemade food the other day (abiding by social distancing rules of course) and it made my day. Above all, these homemade fresh Dhokla were heavenly.

They were so delicious I had to take a picture of them. I’m not going to attempt to write a recipe here, as everybody has their own spin on this classic Gujarati snack. Plus I didn’t make them! This is essentially to show appreciation for this wonderful dish made by my Aunt.

Essentially Dhokla is made from a batter using chickpea flour and then steamed. They are later topped with more spices and seeds such as mustard seeds, sesame seeds and curry leaves that have been toasted in oil (a temper). Some people add coconut and some add extra chillies. They can be served hot or cold, topped with Sev (crispy chickpea flour snack) and a coriander chutney.

Whether they are for a mid morning breakfast, or an afternoon snack, Dhokla is a traditional Gujarati snack that is absolutely delicious. Light and fluffy and great with a cup of tea.

I used to make them a long time ago but now get too distracted with all the other recipes out there. However this has reminded me to never forget the dishes you grew up on.

Maybe I will make a batch of my own soon, or maybe I could just call up my Aunt again! Either way I thank her for always looking after me.

Have you got any long lost recipes that make you feel nostalgic? Let me know!

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