Now, this is something what nobody seems to have thought about yet. This is the first time I came across a chickpea cake which can be served warm or cold. It’s a perfect side dish and it tastes delicious because of the savory chilli and curry leaves. This “snack” is something that everybody should include in his or her vegan kitchen.
“Khaman dhokla is a quick snack made with chickpea flour. It is spiced with the simple tempering/tadka of mustard seeds, chili, and curry leaves. It can be served warm or cold.
Dhokla (snack cakes) can be made with other bean or grain flours as well or can be made with a batter of soaked lentils and beans. Dhokla is usually steamed, as a steamer is much more common in an Indian household than an oven. Steaming is also energy efficient. Only one pot of the size needed to boil and steam.
Steaming plates and steamers are not as common in the US. So I started baking the dhoklas to see how they work out. This recipe can be baked, steamed or microwaved. To bake, use stoneware or glass pan so the bottoms of the snack cakes dont burn, and always cover the snack cake during and after baking so they don’t dry out.
Serve with a cilantro mint or cilantro coconut chutney.CHICKPEA FLOUR SNACK CAKES – KHAMAN DHOKLA RECIPE
PREP TIMECOOK TIMETOTAL TIMESavory Vegan Chickpea flour Snack Cakes – Khaman Dhokla Recipe. Steamed or baked savory cakes w/ tempered Indian spices & cilantro chutney. Gluten-free Soy-free Active time: 25 mins Bake time: 15 minutes. 8 inch or smaller cake pan or 9 by 5 bread pan. Use stoneware or glass pan for best results. If using regular non stick bakeware, place the pan on baking sheet so the bottom of the dhokla doesn’t dry out or harden.