Pesto Dhokla, Basil and Walnut Rava Dhokla

Dhokla, the ever-popular Gujarati snack, gets an Italian makeover in this recipe. A quick-fix dhokla batter made with semolina, is perked up traditional Italian pesto paste, which is a blend of basil, walnuts and garlic perked up with lemon juice and olive oil.

Upon steaming, the dhokla acquires an exotic taste and texture. Do not temper the Pesto Dhokla as it will work against the Italian touch.

Pesto Dhokla, Basil and Walnut Rava Dhokla

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Pesto Dhokla, Basil and Walnut Rava Dhokla recipe - How to make Pesto Dhokla, Basil and Walnut Rava Dhokla

Soaking time:  30 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     6Makes 6 servings
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To Be Blended Into A Smooth Pesto Paste ( Using 2 Tbsp Water)
1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
2 tbsp roughly chopped walnuts (akhrot)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp roughly chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp lemon juice

Other Ingredients
1 1/2 cups semolina (rava)
1/2 cup curds (dahi)
1 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste
1 1/2 tsp fruit salt

For Serving
green chutney

  1. Combine the semolina, curds, green chilli paste, oil, salt and 1½ cups of water in a deep bowl, whisk well, cover with a lid and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the pesto paste and mix well.
  3. Just before steaming the dhoklas, add the fruit salt and 2 tsp of water. When the bubbles form, mix gently.
  4. Divide the batter into 2 equal portions.
  5. Pour a portion of the batter immediately into a 175 mm. (7”) diameter greased thali and shake the thali clockwise to spread the batter in an even layer.
  6. Steam in a steamer for 12 minutes. Keep aside.
  7. Cool slightly, cut into squares pieces.
  8. Repeat steps 5 and to 7 to make 1 more thali.
  9. Serve immediately with green chutney.