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Thursday, March 27, 2008


This is south Gujarat specialty. The taste of dhekra is sweet and spicy. Dhekra's most important ingredients are two kinds of flour and pigeon peas. I have never seen any street vendors or restaurant selling this. I think it’s more of a Gharelu-type recipe. I think every Gujarat region has something like this if not the exact same recipe. Many of my Gujju friends haven't heard about this recipe. This dish is perfect tea time snacks, for picnic, or even in small parties.


  • 2 cups Rice Flour
  • 1/2 cup Juwar Flour (Jowar Flour)
  • 1 cup Pigeon Peas
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Ajwain
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Green Chili
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Dhania-Jeera Powder
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Jaggery
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp Green Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Oil, plus extra for frying
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste


1. Heat oil in deep vessel, add cumin seeds and ajwain. Add ginger and garlic, sauté for 1 minute.

2. Pour water in to vessel, add pigeon peas thawed and cook in microwave for 10 minutes, green chili, turmeric, asafetida, dhania-jeera powder, garam masala, green garlic, cilantro, sesame seeds and red bell pepper. Bring water to boil.

3. When water is boiling, add jaggery leave it for 2 minutes.

4. Add flours and lemon juice and mix well. Cook this mixture for 15 minutes on medium-low heat. Until water is completely soaked.

5. Take little mixture in your palm, roll, and press very gently. If it’s rolled out easily, it's ready. Make sure not to pound it or make it very flat.

6. If the mixture is ready, turn down heat on very low. Put little oil in palm and roll down more Dhekras.

7. Deep fry Dhekra until light golden brown.

8. Serve hot with chutney, sauce, or ranch.


This is my entry to Priti and Purva's Rakhi – Thread of Love event.


Chandani said...

Hey Madhavi, didn't know about this item, but it's so tempting!!! Am adding pigeon peas to my grocery list right now:)

Dhivya said...

new to me:))but looks so yummmmm

Annu said...

This is new to me madhavi......must try some time......Looks great.

Madhavi said...

thanxxx gals :))

Namratha said...

Interesting dish Madhavi, haven't heard of it before...looks yummy! :)

Sagari said...

looks delecious madhavi

sowmya said...

hi madhavi,,nice recipe..your other dishes are quite interesting and innovative too..i liked the pavbahji style fried rice..bTW thanks for visiting my blog..keep coming..

Mansi Desai said...

that's pretty interesting madhavi! I'll try it soon:)

Meera said...

Looks wonderful.

Madhavi said...

@ thanx namratha, ya not very many people know about this.

thanxx sagri :)

thanxx sowmya, i m glad u liked it, sure u do the same :)

thanxx mansi, sure dear n plz let me know how it comes out :)

thanxx meera :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Madhavi. Immediately came from my blog comment to ur blog :) Its really nice - and you too have vegetarian recipes ... I foudn this dish really unique - have not heard about it - but sure seems yumm - will try it some time - waise is it with whole pigeon peas or split ones?
And i noticed, u hv started ur blog in end of Jan - maine bhi tabhi start kiya :)
good goin!

Madhavi said...

Thanxx foodwith...m glad u liked it:)) I used whole pigeon peas. Oh!! we r freshers then to the blogging world!!!

TBC said...

Dhekra is a dish that I haven't heard of before. It sounds like something I would like.:-)

Achyuta said...

Looks yummy Madhavi. On second thought, can I bake this to make it healthier? Also, what is the traditional origin of the recipe? Plain curious. Many thanks!

Achyuta said...

Oh well, just saw you did mention about the origin :)

nimisha said...

Hello madhavi...
thanks alot.....
I like this reciepes........
wish to have idea ...whenever I have some...I will definitely going to ask you...hope u will be helping as now...

all the best wishes....