The word ‘Locho’ itself elicits many different memories and feelings in this bilingual era. ” Locha thai gayo yaar!” this is what the guy must have stated when he accidentally came up with the dish called Surti Locho. Locho is the specialty of Surat city in Gujarat which is also famous as Diamond City of India.
Overall Surat is famous for its Diamond business, but with no wonder, Surti’s are awesome foodies too! From Khaman (Yellow Dhokla), fafda, Chaat to Surti Locho, the authentic tastes of every dish prepared whether in hotels or on lari’s (Hand carts) is lip-smacking… Slurp!!
Every diamond business person in Surat invests a lot of payment from his huge bank balance on this modest dish every morning. All the hi-profile cars including Audi’s and BMW’s can be seen parked along these roadside locho centers. Surti’s don’t know corn flakes or bacon or idli’s… it has to Locho if it’s a breakfast. And not just in the morning, but whenever Yeh Dil Maange More!!
Locho in Gujarat means “Mistake”. The menu board besides the streets, but very clean, kitchen counter provides a little history.
Once upon a time in Surat, a cook mistakenly added too much water to his Khaman (Yellow Dhokla) batter, making it more like a mash than a sponge and shouted ” Locho thai gayo re!”.
To wrap up his “Locho”, he loaded it with multiple toppings. But that did more than hide the mistake. It added color, crunch and flavor to the steamed, gently spiced batter of wet-ground chana and udad dal. Alas! A whole new delicious dish was finally created, one that went on to become an instant hit up till now on the streets of Surat.
Here we present Top 3 best Surti Locho selling places in Surat.
Jalaram Locho Stall:
Somewhere within the rustic alley and dusty road of an old walled city lies a hand cart “Lariwala” in the local dialect named Jalaram Locho Stall. Here you will get a delicious Locho dish topped with fine garnish of Sev, onion, green chutney, chaat masala. Yummy, isn’t it?
The Lariwala’s locho dish tastes far more better than the hotels or restaurants as they know how to add more flavor and how to present the dish.
Jani Farsan and Locho Center
Jani Khaman-A Locho house
- Chana dal – 1 cup
- Urad dal- 1/3 cup
- Poha – 1/3 cup
- Oil – 2-3 tbsp
- Green chilly – 1-2
- Ginger paste – 1 tsp or 1 inch baton (grated)
- Asafoetida – 1-2 pinch
- Turmeric powder – less then ¼ tsp
- Black pepper – ¼ tsp
- Red chilly powder – ½ tsp
- Eno fruit salt 1 tsp
- Salt – 1 tsp (as per taste)
How To make Surti Locho
Clean, wash and soak chana dal and urad dal in water separately for 5-6 hours. Take out rest of the water from soaked lentils. Wash poha in water 10 minutes before bringing it in use. Finely grind the chana dal and urad dal. Do not make a thick batter. Add soaked poha in that and grind finely again. Add ginger, asafoetida, turmeric powder, green chilly, salt and half the amount of red chilly powder. Mix all ingredients nicely. Also add 2 tsp oil in the batter (the consistency of batter should be similar with dhokla batter). If batter appears to be thick add 2-3 tbsp water into it. We use steamer to make Locho. Grease the container, add Eno fruit salt in the batter and mix well. Pour the mixture and sprinkle red chilly and black pepper powder on top of the mixture. keep it on steamer for 20 minutes, when the mixture appears to be puffy and cooked, get ready to remove it.
Grease the container with oil to be used for making surti locho. After doing all preparations add eno fruit in the batter and mix. Pour the mixture in container. Pat the container on the surface so that mixture gets even. Sprinkle red chilly and black pepper on the top of mixture.
When water and steam starts forming, place the batter filled utensil on the wire stand. Cover the big utensil and cook surti locho for 20 minutes in steam. Surti locho appears to be puffy and cooked. Insert a knife, if batter doesn’t stick to knife then surti locho is ready.
Serve with the toppings of chopped onions, sev, spicy green chutney, addictive chaat masala powder, coriander and delicious Locho is ready to gobble.
This dish is served in various forms but the ‘Butter Locho’ is what wins the taste buds. It is also available as ‘Cheese Locho’, ‘Garlic Locho’, ‘White Locho’, ‘This Locho’, ‘That Locho’,… But what it basically is that it is made of Chana Dal and looks like a yellow lump (just like many other Gujarati dishes). Your definition of Locho would definitely change once you know how it tastes. So, whenever you’ are in Surat, don’t forget to give the locha a shot.