Mag Na Dhokla

Mag Na Dhokla

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Moong dal or 'mag na' dhokla is amongst the favourite breakfast choices of Gujaratis. Not only are these dhoklas very simple to prepare, they can also be made well in advance.

Ingredients like curds, ginger-green chilli paste and spice powders give these dhoklas a fascinating flavour. To enhance the flavour and nutritive value of the Mag na Dhokla, add some grated carrots or ground peas to the batter.

These dhoklas are really very soft when compared to other dhoklas as it contains only moong and no flours. You just need to make sure the moong batter is coarse and not smooth. Serve these tasty dhoklas with low-calorie green chutney.

You can also try other recipes like Oats Rava Palak Dhokla and Green Peas Dhokla .

Mag Na Dhokla recipe - How to make Mag Na Dhokla

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 8 servings (40 pieces)
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1 1/2 cups moong (whole green gram)
2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
1 cup low-fat curds (dahi)
salt to taste
1 tsp fruit salt
1 tsp oil for greasing

For The Garnish
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

  1. Wash and soak the moong in enough water in a deep bowl for 4 hours. Drain well and blend it in a mixture to a coarse mixture, without using any water.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add the ginger-green chilli paste, cumin seeds powder, curds and salt and mix well.
  3. Grease a 175 mm. (7") diameter thali using ½ tsp of oil and keep aside.
  4. Divide the batter into 2 equal portions.
  5. Just before steaming, add ½ tsp of fruit salt and 2 tsp water over the batter.
  6. Mix gently and pour the batter into a 175 mm. (7") diameter greased thali.
  7. Steam in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked.
  8. Cool slightly and cut into 19 diamond shaped pieces.
  9. Repeat steps 3 to 7 to make one more batch of dhokla from the remaining batter.
  10. Serve hot garnished with coriander.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy158 cal
Protein11.2 g
Carbohydrates25.7 g
Fiber7.2 g
Fat1.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium24.6 mg
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Mag Na Dhokla
 on 04 Jun 18 08:38 AM

Can this be made without fruit salt, by fermenting the batter? if so, for how long should the batter be fermented?
Tarla Dalal
04 Jun 18 08:54 AM
   Hi Geetha, The batter doesn''t require any fermenting. We add fruit salt to make the dhoklas soft. If you skip it, your dhokla won''t turn out spongy.
Edited after original posting.
Mag na Dhokla
 on 17 Feb 17 03:04 PM

Simple and easy to make.. and of course makes use of basic ingredients... not absolutely soft like yellow dhokla but tastes great with green chutney... I make it for breakfast quite often now...
Mag na Dhokla
 on 15 Dec 11 07:22 AM

Nice recipe..I did not add curds and it was still great!