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Tricolor Rice Dhokla (Tricolor Steamed Rice Cakes)

 Published 2014-Aug-13   Updated 2018-Aug-24

-Submitted by Raji Ramakrishnan

(Tiranga Khatta Dhokla, Idli Batter Dhokla)

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Whenever I make Idli batter, I prefer to make idlis for a day or 2 when the batter is fresh. With the remaining batter, I either make dosas, uthappams or kuzhipaniyaarams. This week also I finished my usual round of idli and dosa. I was thinking of what to do with some left over idli batter that I had in the fridge. Then I remembered my friend from Mumbai who often makes Rice Dhoklas with leftover idli batter. I immediately decided to make that. Here is a simple and wonderful recipe that I want to share with everyone.

This is such a tasty dish that any of us will enjoy. I usually add colourful veggies to improve the taste and visual appearance of the dish. Also, if the batter is a little old and sour, the veggies balances the taste.

It can also be called Tricolor (Thiranga) Dhokla. These dhoklas tastes great with any chutney, pickle or sauce. It is a good option for kids to give after school. You can also make it and celebrate Independence or Republic day.

Recipe for Rice Dhokla

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4


For the Batter

  • Idli Batter - 1/4 kg
  • Carrot - 1 (grated)
  • Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper) - 1/2 (finely chopped)
  • Green Beans - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Green Peas - 2 tbsp
  • Green Chili - 3 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Dosai Milagai Podi - 3 tbsp 
  • Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp (optional)

For the tempering

  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp 
  • White sesame seeds - 1 tsp

For garnishing

  • Green coriander leaves (Cilantro) - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)


  1. Mix all the ingredients under 'For the batter'.
  2. Transfer it to a greased flat bowl.
  3. Steam cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. After it is cooked, temper with the items mentioned in 'For the tempering'.
  5. Cut it into desired shape viz. square or triangle.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serving Rice Dhokla

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Tried your recipe and came out good. Tasty too, this one is a bookmark..
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