Khatta Dhokla - a distant cousin of Idli ?

Eating cereals n bread for breakfast everyday is so boring!!! I had heard this from my little one n big one several times in last few weeks. They did not even want figure rice (Chitranna/lemon rice), upma they were also boring. Idli .....I suggested? quick was the response - are u making vada and sambhar? :-( Oh no... then ...Dhokla Can ??? me asks Can Can...was the answer :-)) For those of you who are non-Singaporeans this 'can' stuff must be sounding a bit strange..but here adding 'can' is very normal.

Finally when Dhokla and chutney arrived on the table my little one asked ' why did u make idli in a plate?' and what are these black seeds doing on this ? then my dear hubby chipped in to tell his this story of 'Dhokla a distant? cousin of Idli'... According to the story Idli n Dhokla were cousin brothers and they got seprated in a shopping mall (like kumbh ke mele mein...bollywood story types) and Dhokla got a new mummy who was a Gujarati. So Dhokla was given a new look and he was presented in a different way ..... and so they became distant coz they stayed far away ...(hahahaaa internally). By that time all Dhokla pieces had safely landed in his tummy and he had gulped in a glass of MILO. Me n hubby laughed over the phone after we came to office. We dare not do it in front of Akash!! and you all know why.. ;-)

And here is how I made Khatta Dhokla. I copied the recipe from Tarla Dalal cooking website. You can read it here. Taste was fantastic. We all loved it. If you are a Idli lover you will definitely like his cousin too..

Some pics of the Dhokla I made in the morning.....
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30 comments:

SPICE OF LIFE said...

ummm...looks yummy ....and I love the story :-)

Raaga said...

love the story :-)

Roopa said...

Lakshmi you have added a great spice of humour loved the story. tatte iddili with seasoning :) nice one

sra said...

Got separated in a shopping mall? Hilarious!

Taste of Mysore said...

@ Spice of Life,
It was tasty N. My efforts did not go waste.

@ Raaga
Thanks Raaga.

@ Roopa,
I could not control my laughter at the story. I had to otherwise we could have faced difficulty feeding him.

@ Sra
Yaa Sra got separated in shopping mall!!. Once Akash went missing in a shopping mall and it was easy to convince him that Idli's cousin was also lost however Dhokla did not manage to find his 'real' mummy like Akash.

Taste of Mysore said...

@ Roopa,
Forgot to tell that Dhokla tastes different from Idli coz of the addition of spices. It is not as silky n soft as Idli coz the batter here is as coarse as semolina. But Dhokla's are fluffy. Khaman are soft, silky n fluffy which is again totally different from Idli. Try it out to feel the taste.

Sia said...

LOL @the story... but yeah, they r distant cousins. i love n love dhoklas and i follow trupti's recipe which makes softest dhoklas. will try ur katta dhokla pretty soon:)

Taste of Mysore said...

@ Sia,
Thanks Sia. Do give it a try. Will look into Trupti's recipe too.

Padmaja said...

Lakshmi i am not ashamed to say that i tried making dhoklas for couple of times an they were a disater so never tried again until now!!!
Yours looks so tasty and delicious

Taste of Mysore said...

@ Padmaja,
So I consider myself? or the recipe lucky enough that it turned out good at first try ;-). Well I bet this recipe will not dissapoint you. So give a try once more. Coarse grind the batter that is the tip from my side. Good Luck!!

The Bhandari's said...

oh I love khatta dhokla, it's my hubby's fav too

The Bhandari's said...

I have lived in singapore for a year and know CAN as it is used all the time CANLA

Asha said...

It is cousin of Idli, just square and with different flours!!:D
Looks great Lakshmi. Your hubby's explanation is great too! HeHe!! Is there a iten number in that story, may be Mallika Sharawat with Dhoklas in hand!!:D

Taste of Mysore said...

@ the Bhandari's
Glad to know that you like Khatta Dhokla's La.

@ Asha,
Let me ask my hubby whether he included mallika's item. He would not mind including one :P ;)

Cinnamon said...

That was a lovely and funny story, to please a young one :)
BTW the dhoklas look perfect and yummy!

bee said...

that story is so hilarous. lovely post. oh, yeah, i've heard that can can thing. it's bizarre.

Sig said...

lol, thank god for such an imaginative husband, huh? :) That is a great story he came up with.... :D Dhokla looks wonderful Lakshmi...

Happy cook said...

Hey i loved the story.

Madhu said...

hey Lakshmi nice story, even we come up with stories like that for my kid.
Its indeed cousin of rava idli I must say. Nice recipe will try it sometimes.

Grihini said...

Nice funny story... separated in a mall hah haaa.. i cant stop laughing. A good trick to have your son eat his food. :)

Taste of Mysore said...

@ Cinnamon, bee, Sig, happycook, grihini
Imaginative..he is! he cooks up so many other stories which are fun listening.

@ Madhu,
Indeed it is a cousin of rava idli.

Sandeepa said...

Ha ha good story...the extent we go to make the kids eat :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I like the story too...now a days we have to give build-ups(stories)like this to our kids,and then only they will try these items..:D
"CAN CAN" -- I too have heard most of the people here saying "CAN" for "YES"...:))My son too learnt "CAN" and "CAN_NOT" here only..;)
Like ur pictures of dhokla..Must try out some time..

Taste of Mysore said...

@ Sandeepa,
Ya, I sometime have no choice otherthan telling some story better than telling a lie ;)

@ Raks Kitchen
hahhaaa 'can' has become a part of my language too after landing up in Singapore. No choice la...

jolly said...

Nice efforts, gonna try a few u mentioned here n update my experience here

Taste of Mysore said...

@ Jolly,
Thanks lady. Please go ahead and try, also let me know how it turned out in your kitchen.

Prathima said...

Namaskaara...

nimma recipes channagide... I moment I read "Dhokla can?".. I thought... ivaru Singapore nalli iddaara antha.. further sentences clarified this..... naanu Singapore nalli iddeeni... neevu yelli irodu?

LG said...

@Pratima,

namaskara kanri. Tumba santosha innobru singapurada kannadigarannu bhetiyagiddu. Neevu mail madi lakshmi(at)tasteofmysore(dot)com ge maatadona :)

TheKeyBunch said...

Lakshmi, tried this today and it came out awesome!

Thanks:)

Sharon

Aarthi priya said...

This is absolutely best recipe. Thanks for Sharing this Wonderful Recipe with us.Try this recipe with our Advanced Heart Shaped Infinity Idli Plates today.