Moong Dal Dhokla

We all love besan dhokla. But what to do when you are craving for it and there is no besan at home and you don’t want to go out in this heat to get it from the store? Here is what I did.


Make perfect dhokla with moong dal. Here is how.

For Dhokla
1 cup split moong dal
2 green chillies
1/2 inch ginger
2 Tablespoons curd
1/2 Teaspoon turmeric
1/2 Teaspoon asafoetida
1 Teaspoon fruit salt
Salt to taste

For Tempering
8-10 curry leaves
2 green chillies split into half
1 lemon
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon rai
1 Tablespoons oil

Soak moong dal for 30-40 minutes. Wash properly and drain. Blend it to a fine paste with green chillies and ginger. Mix curd, salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida in the moong dal paste.

Now heat steamer or heat some water in a pressure cooker. Oil the vessels in which you are going to make dhokla.  At last add fruit salt into the dhokla mixture and mix properly. Now pour it into the tin and place it in the hot steamer or pressure cooker. Let it cook for around 15 minutes. Check by pricking a toothpick in the dhokla. If it comes out clean that means dhokla is ready. Or else let it cook for few more minutes. Once ready, take the tin out of steamer and let it cool before unmoulding.

In the meanwhile prepare tempering. Heat oil in a pan, add rai and let it splutter. Now add curry leaves and chillies and switch off the flame. Now add sugar, juice of lemon and almost half cup water. Switch on the flame again and let the sugar dissolve. When sugar dissolves completely switch off the flame and pour the mixture over unmoulded dhokla. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Cut into pieces and enjoy with green chutney.

Hope you will like the recipe. See you soon with another interesting recipe. Till then happy cooking!


Oreo Cake

Who does not love Oreo biscuits? My family is just crazy for it and they love anything and everything made by Oreo. So I planned to make their New Year’s Eve even more special by making an Oreo cake for them. This scrumptious cake cooks in just 30 minutes and tastes heavenly.


This is how I made it.


For Cake:
1 large packet of Oreo biscuits
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
Milk as required
Butter and flour for dusting the cake tin

For Icing:
3 Tablespoons fresh cream
1/4 Cup chocolate
1 Tablespoons Nutella
Handful of chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven at 180 degree C. Crush the Oreo biscuits in a blender to make a fine powder. Seiv flour, baking powder, soda and salt together. Repeat the process twice and keep aside. In the meanwhile heat the milk but make sure that it is only luke warm. This is very important as hot milk will not let the cake rise. Brush the cake tin with butter and dust some flour.
In a mixing bowl mix together sugar and olive oil. Now add the sieved flour and mix well so that no lumps remain. Add the powdered Oreo biscuits and mix will. Now gradually add the milk little by little and make a thick batter. Pour the batter in the cake tin. Fill the cake tin up till one third only, so that there is still some room for the cake to rise. Pat the tray a couple of times and then place it in the preheated oven immediately. It will take around 20-25 minutes to bake the cake. After that check by pricking a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean it means the cake is ready. Let it cool before unmoulding it from the cake tin.
While the cake cools down, prepare the icing. Melt the chocolate on a double boiler or in a microwave. Preferably use cooking chocolate, if it’s not available then you can also use plain unflavored chocolate available in the market. Heat a pan and reduce the flame. Add the cream and chocolate. Keep mixing and then add Nutella. In a couple of minutes you will see the mixture thickening. Switch off the flame. 
Unmould the cake and spread the icing all over. Sprinkle chopped walnuts and enjoy.
You can also skip the icing part and simply enjoy the cake with some chocolate syrup.
Am sure you and your family will fall in love with this cake instantly like we did. Hope to here from you about your experience. Till then happy cooking!