Raw Rice (Pulungal Arisi) – 1 cup
Cumin Seeds – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Cooking oil – 1 or 2 tsp
Wash and clean the rice and soak it in water for ½ an hour. Grind it by adding enough water until it is smooth. The batter should be very thick in consistency like the chapatti dough. No need for fermentation. Wrap the batter in a clean towel for about ½ an hour so that the excess water in batter will be absorbed by the towel. If it become little watery, add rice flour to it but the dhoulo will become little hard. Dhoulo dough is shown in the picture.
Now make number of small balls from the dough and press it a little by keeping the ball in your left hand and flatten it slightly with your index finger and middle finger. Now these flatten balls are all the "dhoulos".
In a big vessel bring 1 ½ litres of water to boil well. If you need more water to cook, you can add it accordingly. When the water starts to boil well, drop the flatten balls one by one in the boiling water. The batter won’t dilute.
If u start to drop ball before the water starts to boil, the batter will surely dilute in water and the dish will get spoiled. so keep in mind that the water should boil well while you drop the dhoulas.
Keep stirring it slowly in regular interval of 5 minutes so that the balls won’t stick to the vessel. It takes about 15 minutes to cook. To check out whether the flatten balls are cooked or not, you can take a piece of dhoulo from the boiling water and if u split it into two halves, you should not find batter uncooked inside.
Once the dhouls are cooked well, drain the excess water from the dish. I have shown in the image how cooked dhoulas look like.
Let it to drain well for 10 minutes. Do not waste this drained water since it has a medicinal value. Water drained from dhoulo are called as “Dhoula Pani”. Take a tumbler of this drained water and add a little salt and pepper powder and mix it well. Drink it while it is hot itself. This dhoula pani will cure cold and cough. Eating dhoulas will also cure cold but dhoula pani has more effect.
Image of Dhoula Pani
Coming to cooked dhoulos, heat oil in a pan and saute it with cumin seeds and add dhoulas to it and fry for 3 minutes. Its ready to serve!
Dhoulas ready to serve after sauting it!
Whenever my family members suffer from cold or cough, my mom will prepare this dish and serve us. Do not think that it should be taken only we are suffering from cold or cough but can be taken as an “evening snacks” ever. It tastes yummy!!!