BM # 32 Week 2
Theme: Street Food
Cooking with alphabets “L”

The last few days I have been posting the Delhi street food, today for the final day of this week under street foods I shall take you to Surat. Locha is a Gujarati street food from Surat. Surati’s eat very spicy food, they generally use green chilies to spice their food, so as to retain the green color of the veggies. They also use lot of black pepper.

Coming back to Locho, I heard about this from a friend and to my surprise we have a stall here in Ahmadabad for this spicy treat. Locho is made from a combination of lentils, which are soaked, ground to a paste and steamed. The basic taste is slightly different than the dhokla, since the lentils vary.After steaming these are removed with a spatula , drizzled with lots of ground nut oil and finally lots of fine sev is sprinkled. Sev as you all know is vermicelli made from gram flour.A spicy peanut chutney is a must.

Here is the recipe which my friend got me  from Surat….
1 cup Bengal gram
1/3 cup split black gram
1/3 cup poha
2-4 green chilly
1″piece ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
Pinch asafetida
Salt to taste
1 sachet ENO
Black pepper

Wash and soak the daals for 4-5 hours.
Soak the pressed rice for 10-15 minutes before grinding.
Grind the daals and poha to a fine paste.
Add salt, turmeric, chilly ginger paste and asafetida.
Add 2 tbsp oil.
Mix well.
Place a dhokla maker or steamer with water.
When the water boils add the ENO sachet to the batter and mix well.
Pour the batter into greased plates.
Sprinkle pepper.
Place these to steam.
This shall take about 10- 15 minutes.
Insert a knife to check if it is cooked.
The knife should come out clean.

Peanut Chutney
4 tbsp peanuts
1 small bunch coriander leaves
4-5 green chilly
Salt to taste
Lemon juice
Grind to a fine paste to make the chutney.

To serve

Remove the Locha with the help of a spatula ,spread it a little and drizzle ground nut oil.

Sprinkle farsaan sev and serve with chutney.

Some pics that I captured on the sole stall of Locho in Ahemadabad.

Here is a what I posted under Street Foods for this week

Jal Jeera
Kulle keChaat


22 thoughts on “Locho”

  1. When I read about Locho, i imagined the regular pile of flour sprinkled with some garnishings. you make even the simplest of recipes in to exotic ones, i am sure whoever sees these pictures is going to jump upon and try them out

  2. OMG Vaishali this looks so stunning..I am hearing for the first time..and wish you had treated this during our visit..heheh..I guess if that was the case we would have stayed back for so many more days…

  3. You take even the simplest of the dishes to a whole new level with your details and pictures and the additional info :)…Loved the pictures of the locho stall…

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