#HealthBytes: This Indian-snack is great for keeping weight under control

Sagar Malik


#HealthBytes: This Indian-snack is great for keeping weight under control

13 Apr 2019: #HealthBytes: This Indian-snack is great for keeping weight under control

Dal is the undisputed classic Indian food. Moong Dal, for one, is one of the most commonly prepared dals in the Indian kitchen.

This protein-rich food is easy-to-make and versatile. There are plenty of ways to consume it- as a crispy snack, with rice, in sprouts, among others.

Interestingly, you can also make tasty and nutritious dhoklas from moong dal. Here's how.

Benefits: Benefits of Moong dal dhokla

Moong dal is one of the richest vegetarian sources of protein. Moreover, it is light in weight, and easy to digest, thus protects you from digestive-health issues like bloating.

Furthermore, the fermentation process in the preparation of dhokla leads to the production of lactobacilli, which contributes to the production of essential vitamins, thymidine, folic acid, some antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Fact: Here's everything you will need

To prepare Moong dal dhokla, you will need overnight-soaked moong dal, rice flour, asafoetida, salt, lemon, peanut/coconut oil, ghee, curry leaves, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, red chilli powder, and some coriander leaves for garnishing.

Recipe: How to prepare Moong dal dhokla

Start by draining the water from the soaked moong dal. Put the soaked dal into a grinder jar to make a smooth paste. Next, take a bowl, and use it to mix the said paste with the rest of the ingredients.

Add water to the dhokla steamer and put on heat. Pour the batter in the dhokla plates and place it on the steamer.

Fact: Finishing up!

Steam for about 15-20 minutes. It is advisable to add lemon drops to the batter to get softer and fluffy dhoklas. Finally, garnish with a tempering of mustard seeds, sesame seeds, green chillies and curry leaves. Top with coriander leaves, and serve with green chutney.