Tiranga Dhokla - Tri Color Savoury Semolina Cake - India Independence Day

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Aug. 13, 2018

This recipe really tugs at my patriotic heart strings. As much as I love my new adopted country Canada, I love my roots, my culture and my home India. Back home, Independence Day usually involved a flag hoisting and a celebration. In boarding school we got to wear fancy saris and be part of the ceremonies.
In this recipe, I recreate the colors of our tri color flag orange, white and green in a delicious Dhokla to honor and respect our watan. Using natural colorants like Carrot, Coconut Spinach, these light and spongy morsels, have great color and flavor.

Ingredients

For orange layer:
Carrot puree 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Yogurt 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Semolina 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon (for salt sugar mixture)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon (for salt sugar mixture)
Eno fruit salt 1 Teaspoon
For white layer:
Coconut 1/2 , pureed
Yogurt 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Semolina 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon (for salt sugar mixture)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon (for salt sugar mixture)
Eno fruit salt 1 Teaspoon
For green layer:
Spinach puree 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Yogurt 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Semolina 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon (for salt sugar mixture)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon (for salt sugar mixture)
Eno fruit salt 1 Teaspoon
For tempering or tadka:
Mustard oil 1 Tablespoon
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Finely diced carrots 1 Teaspoon (optional)
Coconut pieces 1 (finely diced, optional)
Sliced green chilies 2 Tablespoon
Curry leaves 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)

Directions

MAKING:

1.In three separate bowls, mix all the respective color ingredients together except the fruit salt that can only be added at the last minute.

2.Create a steam bath in a large pot and place something at the bottom so the dhokla container does not touch the water.

3.In a greased pan quickly add the first color(I did green) by vigorously mixing the Eno fruit salt in and spreading evenly.

4.Allow to steam for 7 – 10 minutes.

5.Repeat the process with the white and orange layer.

6.Once done, allow the cake pan to cool and then run a knife along the edges to free it.

7.Cut into rectangles to reveal the tri colors.

8.Prepare a tadka by heating the oils and all the other ingredients together and pour over the dhokla.

SERVING:

9.Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 5