Monday, February 13, 2017

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | Instant Dhokla | Besan Dhokla Recipe

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Dhokla is a popular Gujarati snack and is also called as Khaman Dhokla which is pretty well known all over India and is widely available every where.Dhoklas are nothing but fluffy savory steamed chickpea flour cakes which are eaten with green chutney and meeta chutney. Usually the dhoklas that are available in the market are extremely soft and fluffy,almost like a sponge but the homemade ones are slightly dense compared to the market ones but it is no less in taste otherwise.Dhoklas are almost oil free low calorie and also protein rich snack.
besan dhokla
Dhoklas can be prepared easily at home with the ingredients easily available in the pantry and I highly recommend to use eno instead of cooking soda to get fluffy dhoklas.Also the key secret for fluffy dhoklas is one has to put the prepared tin(with batter) quickly in the steamer as soon as the eno is mixed in the batter, the more you delay the more you loose the fluffiness of dhoklas.
khaman dhokla
There are various versions of Dhoklas like Moong dal Dhokla, Palak Dhokla, Khatta Dhokla, Rava Dhokla, Corn Dhokla, Sandwich Dhokla.You can check out Moong Dal Corn Dhokla which I have posted earlier where I have used moong dal and corn instead of besan.
besan dhokla
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Khaman Dhokla | Instant Dhokla Recipe:
Serves 3-4 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins
Cuisine: Gujarati | Category: Snacks/Breakfast

1 cup Chickpea flour(Besan)
1 tsp Rava(Sooji)
1 cup thick Buttermilk or Water
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp Green chili paste
1/4 tsp Citric acid or 1 tsp Lemon juice
Salt,to taste
1 tsp Oil
1 sachet Eno

for tadka:
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeeds
a sprig of Curry leaves
2-3 Green chilies,slit
1 tbsp white Sesame seeds
1.5 tsp Sugar
Salt,to taste
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp Lemon juice

to garnish:
2 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp grated fresh Coconut

  • In a bowl mix chickpea flour,salt,sugar and add buttermilk(or water) and mix it nicely using a whisk without any lumps.
  • Now add rava,grated ginger, green chili paste, lemon juice, oil and mix it nicely again.
  • Keep the steamer ready and grease a flat bottomed round vessel(with edges) with oil and keep it ready. Switch on the steamer or cooker(without whistle) with water of 1 inch level and let it get hot.
  • Now add eno to the chickpea mixture and whisk it nicely, you will see a nicely foamed up batter now. QUICKLY pour it into the prepared vessel and put it in steamer/cooker and let it steam for 15 mins on HIGH flame.You can even steam this mixture in a greased microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 8-10 mins depending on the powder of the microwave.
  • Check the doneness of dhokla by inserting a tooth pick in the dhokla , if it comes clean then it is ready else cook for bit long.Switch it off and let it cool.
  • Now gently run a knife around the edges of dhokla and turn it on to a plate(with edges).Gently tap on the vessel so that the steamed dhokla cake can slip out of the vessel easily.
  • Meanwhile prepare the tempering.Heat oil in a small tadka pan and crackle mustard seeds and then add green chilies,curry leaves and sesame seeds and fry until the chilies wilt and then add water.
  • Add salt and sugar to the water and once it comes to a boil add lemon juice and remove it from flame.
  • Now pour the tempering along with water all over the dhokla uniformly using a spoon.
  • Add grated coconut and coriander leaves generously and cut it into 1.5 inch squares like shown in the picture by cutting the edges.
  • Let them sit for half an hour for the pieces to absorb the water and become fluffy.
Serve them with Green chutney and Meeta Chutney.

  1. Besan itself gives a lovely yellow color to the dhokla and hence it is not necessary to add the turmeric powder to it.Sometimes the turmeric powder and eno reacts together and gives few red spots in the dhokla, so better to avoid it.
  2. If you are using butter milk you can reduce the lemon juice added to the mixture.
  3. Instead of eno use 1/4 tsp good quality cooking soda to it and prepare.
  4. You can even microwave the mixture in microwave which is a quick process.
  5. I add a pinch of hing to any of the besan based dishes to avoid gas and hence I add it in the batter.
khaman dhokla


Amina Creations said...

Dhokla looks deicious.. thanks for sharing...

R said...

Looks spongy and delicious!

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