Spinach Dhokla – Gluten Free Indian Savory Cake. Low fat savory cake perfect for breakfast or tea time.
I encounter people all the time who struggle when they have to suddenly adhere to a gluten free diet when diagnosed with a gluten intolerant condition. They’re trying all the brands of gluten free pasta and gluten free pizza. I always tell them don’t restrict yourself. If you research Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin and African cuisine, you will find so many delicious traditional gluten free treats without having to purchase expensive gluten free flour, xantham gum and other hard to find ingredients.
Go to an Asian, Indian of other international supermarket and you will find so many options at a fraction of the cost of places like Whole Foods. Go to Chinatown for your tapioca starch and it is so much cheaper!
Today I am here to introduce you to an Indian gluten free tea time snack. There is a whole process to make dhokla from scratch that involves soaking rice and lentils and waiting for them to ferment. Who has the time or patience for that in a NY winter. Imagine trying to ferment when it is 30 degrees F outside! Instead, go to any Indian supermarket and purchase a bag of dhokla flour and you can put together this snack so quickly!
What is dhokla flour?
It is a combination of rice flour and gram (chickpeas) flour, so gluten free!
The first time I tasted dhokla was at the Renaissance Hotel brunch when I was in Mumbai. I loved the soft and fluffy texture of these savory cakes. If you are ever in Mumbai, I highly recommend a visit to the Lakeview Cafe at the hotel for their buffet brunch – So many options and you will be able to taste such a variety of Indian foods there, plus they also have International options. Read all about my visit here!
I came back wanting to make them myself about the recipes that involved fermentation put me off. I was so happy to find dhokla flour at Patel Brothers, my local Indian supermarket and dhokla became something so easy to try. I will now be making different types of dhokla on a regular basis.
I have kept the flavors in this version very mild, but you can add some chopped green chillies if you would like it with some more spice!
Would you like to try some other savory Indian snacks for tea time? Except for the Kordoi, these are all gluten free! Check these out!
Indian Tea Time Snacks
- Assam Kordoi
- Gobi Pakora – Cauliflower Fritters
- Lobia Vada – Black Eyed Pea Fritters
- Handvo – Lentil Cake
With just a few simple ingredients, these come together so quickly!
IN THE MAKING – HOW TO MAKE SPINACH DHOKLA
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