Tricolor Sandwich Dhoklas (Indian Rice And Lentils Savoury Cakes)

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Dhokla is a snacks which traditionally belongs to the state of Gujrat.It can be made of various ingredients of which the most popular ones are rice dhokla made of rice and white urud dal and khaman dhokla made of besan. It is a savory and looks like a cake but instead of baking it is supposed to be steamed.There are special plate available in the market to steam dhoklas.It needs only few ingredients and less time due to which it is extremely popular as a healthy snacks in all the parts of the country.But like cakes, one does need a lot of practice in making dhoklas otherwise it may not be spongy enough to taste good.Ideally it should double in size when steamed.
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 20 minutes
Served AsBreakfast, Brunch, Snacks
Servings 4


  • 1 cup regular rice 1 cup boiled rice, ½ cup spilt black lentils or urad dal ,salt to taste ,water as required for grinding the batter or ready made Dosa batter
  • Curd 200 gm
  • Ginger 2 to 3 inch piece
  • Green chillies 4 to 6
  • Saffron strands 4 to 5
  • Orange food color a pinch
  • Curry leaves 5 to 6
  • Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Water 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Powdered Sugar 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Baking soda 1 tbsp


  • Divide the batter into 3 equal portions.Add 1/2 cup of curd in each portion and mix and keep for 1 to 2 hours. In the first portion grind coriander leaves and 1 green chilly and add .You can add a pinch of green color if you want more intense green.
  • In the second portion which is white ,add a tbsp of ground ginger and green chilly mix. In the 3rd portion add the soaked saffron strands with a pinch of orange color(optional). Add 1 tsp of salt and sugar in all the portions.
  • Grease a microwave proof pan with oil evenly. Add 1/4th tsp of baking soda in the green batter and mix.You will notice slowly the batter will double in size,beat with spoon to incorporate air bubbles into the batter.
  • Add it immediately into the pan and micro on full power for 5 to 6 minutes. Take out the pan brush some coriander chilly mix on the top . Ready the 2nd batter mix.Add 1/4th tsp of baking soda and mix till it doubles in size.
  • Add this mix on the already cooked batter into the pan and micro for another 5 minutes. Again repeat the steps 10 and 11 and add the saffron colored batter on the already cooked batter and micro for 6 minutes.
  • We need to do the seasoning now.Cut into even squares with a knife. Add 1 tbsp of oil in the pan add a tsp of mustard seeds and 6 to 7 curry leaves,2 to 3 chopped green chilies and fry,
  • when the mustard seeds starts spluttering add a cup of water with a tsp of sugar and boil. Add this whole seasoning on the dhoklas.keep it for around 5 to 10 minutes covered ,the seasonings will be absorbed by these dhoklas
  • You can sprinkle some freshly desiccated coconut on top. Serve with spicy jalapenos sauce,coriander or cilantro sauce or sweet and sour tamarind chutney.Enjoy


You can use a ready made idly/dosa batter available in the market or you can prepare the batter from scratch by the following process:-
Preparing the batter from scratch
1.Soak the lentils in a bowl.Soak rice,boiled rice  in a separate bowl .
2.Strain the water from the lentils and rice and grind them separately in the grinder into a smooth paste.Add little water if required.
4.Mix the rice and lentil mixture together and mix well.
5.Add salt and let the batter to ferment overnight for 8 to 9 hours.

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