Poha Dhokla

After enjoying the beaches in Goa, lets go over to Gujarat, known as the 'Jewel of the West'. Gujarat reminds me of some great stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel. 

But personally, the stories told by my mom from the time they lived in Dwaraka, the coastal city, stand out most in my mind.
My parents lived there during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. Apparently, they had to undergo rifle training and all the other mechanics which were common practices in a war zone. Lights out during the night was a common thing too. 

It was very exciting for us, as kids to listen to all the war time stories which my mom had to tell us. But I must say, it was not easy on them to go through the war time routine!

By the way, don't we all associate Dhoklas with Gujarat? At least I do. Check out these healthy, instant dhoklas made with Flattened rice flakes/Poha while I smooth your way into Haryana.

Recipe Source - here
Ingredients - 

Poha / Flattened Rice / Atukulu , coarsely crushed 1/2 cup
Sooji / Semolina / Rava 1/2 cup
Yogurt / Curds 1 cup
Water 1 cup
Green Chilli Paste as needed
Salt to taste
ENO Fruit Salt 1 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Asafoetida a pinch)

Poha Dhokla

Method Of Preparation -

Combine the Yogurt/curds with water to make buttermilk.

Mix in the beaten poha, sooji, green chilli paste and salt into the buttermilk.

Just before steaming, add the ENO fruit salt, mix gently and pour into a greased steamer plate.

Steam for 10-15 minutes.

While the steamer is cooling down, heat oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds and asafoetida.  

After the mustard seeds crackle, pour the seasoning on to the steamed dhoklas. Slice it according to requirement and serve with chutney of your choice. I served with Green Chutney.

Preparation Time 25 min
Makes 15-18 pieces


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Poha dhokla sounds interesting, an another option to try dhoklas if u ran out of besan flour.

  3. very quick and simple recipe, nice poha

  4. Looks wonderful

  5. Even I associate Gujarat with dhokla.. :) Interesting dhokla! Only when searching for a dhokl recipe for this marathon did I realize these can be made with so many different ingredients.

  6. Gujarat has a varety of Dhoklas...I love these poha ones, must try them!!

  7. Very nice Poha dhokla ...a wonderful recipe to try !

  8. very interesting snack..

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. that sounds very interesting... I am bookmarking this to try!!!

  11. easy to make and yummy dhokla. Nice one.

  12. Dhoklas look so delicious and soft. Must have been super hit during serving.

  13. Delicious

  14. jayanthi Says:
  15. poha dhoklas sound quick and easy..

  16. Didn't know that poha is used for dokla. This looks quite interesting...

  17. Looks like your family lived in a lot of states in India.

    I had never heard of poha dokla. They look light and fluffy.

  18. Poha dhokla sounds inviting and interesting,never tired dhokla with poha..such a healthy and guilt free snack.

  19. Srivalli Says:
  20. Such an interesting one..never made with poha..love how many ways this can be made!

  21. Oh these dhokla's are so versatile and so damn healthy too!! i too made a dhokla but something like dhokla upma!!! :) Poha dhokla looks very inviting and i m bookmarking to try for an emergency evening snack!!! :)

  22. Poha dhokla looks great and sure a saver when will be adequate breakfast or snack..

  23. Unknown Says:
  24. Thanks for shraing this version of dhokla as Gujarat is full of varities just like Southern States only few dishes are popular

  25. Suma Gandlur Says:
  26. This poha version is interesting, Harini. Being caught in the midst of a war is not a experience anyone wish to gain, I guess. :)

  27. Archana Says:
  28. Wow your parents war times stories must be great. I wish you has shared some. As for the dhokalas I am bookmarking it.

  29. Gujarat is great for all the healthy steamed snacks like this one!

  30. Pavani Says:
  31. Dhoklas with poha is new to me. Sounds easy and delicious.

  32. This is such a quick recipe to make Dhoklas! I am bookmarking this :)

  33. Unknown Says:
  34. Wow. .Interesting recipe made of poha..

  35. Fareeda Says:
  36. We made this for breakfast this morning. Absolutely delicious.

  37. Unknown Says:
  38. poha dhokla sounds very interesting and looks super soft dear :) fantastic recipe choice for gujju :)

  39. Padmajha Says:
  40. I too love to hear war time stories! Dad used to tell us about the blackouts and stuff. And this dish is also being bookmarked and I would love to try it ASAP.Looks very nice Harini...

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