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by dassana amit updated November 25, 2013

rava dhokla - instant rava dhokla

rava dhokla – a recipe i first learnt when i was working in a school. the teacher colleagues were discussing how to make rava dhoka. when they were talking, my mind was registering all the details of this instant dhokla recipe.

when i went home, i told my mom the whole method and she made it the very next day. it was hit in our home and till today mom makes rava dhokla often. the recipe which we would make, used yogurt or buttermilk.

when i made the dhoklas, i did not have yogurt at hand and so substituted it with lemon juice and water. the lemon juice + water combo worked like a charm. there was no difference in the taste in the rava dhokla made with yogurt and this one.

instant rava dhokla

this is an easy, quick and instant rava dhokla recipe and does not require fermentation. i have steamed the dhokla in an electric cooker. a dhokla steamer or even a pressure cooker works well for steaming the dhokla. you can also make the dhokla in a microwave. i have also shared khaman dhokla recipe in microwave, khatta dhokla and  moong dal dhokla.

i suggest using eno or fruit salt to make the batter airy. this is because i don’t like the soapy odour of baking soda in dhoklas. however, if you cannot get eno or fruit salt, then use baking soda instead. this rava dhokla is a healthy snack option and goes best with a sweet coriander chutney or mint-coriander chutney.

lets start step by step rava dhokla recipe:

1. mix all the ingredients – rava (semolina), ginger-chili paste, lemon juice, sugar, salt and water. don’t add the the fruit salt. keep aside for 15-20 minutes. the batter has to be slightly thicker than the idli batter.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

2. add the eno-fruit salt.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

3. stir briskly and be quick. make sure the fruit salt is distributed well in the batter. don’t over do as you don’t want the air bubbles to escape.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

4. quickly pour the batter in the prepared greased pan.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

5. spread evenly and shake the pan to even out the batter. keep the pan in the steamer.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

6. cover the steamer and steam for approx 18-20 minutes. i used an electric steamer and steamed for exact 20 minutes. check with a tooth pick to see the doneness and if the toothpick comes out clean, then the dhokla is ready. remove the dhokla and allow to cool for 5-6 minutes.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

7. you can temper directly or unmould the dhokla carefully in a serving plate and then slice and temper the slices. prepare the tempering.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

8. pour the tempering mixture evenly over the rava dhokla.

mix all ingredients for making rava dhokla

9. top rava dhokla with some chopped coriander leaves or freshly grated coconut. slice and serve the rava dhokla warm or cool.

rava dhokla

if you are looking for more gujarati snacks then do check methi thepla, dabeli recipe, patra recipemethi muthia and methi na gota.

rava dhokla recipe details below:

rava dhokla
 
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rava dhokla - steamed, soft and fluffy cakes made from rava or semolina.
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Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: gujarati
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
main ingredients:
  • 2 cup fine sooji or rava or semolina
  • ½ inch ginger + 1 green chili - crushed and made into a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • 1 cup water or as required
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp or 1.25 tbsp lemon juice - from 1 medium sized lemon
  • 1 tsp eno (fruit salt) or baking soda
  • salt as required
for tempering:
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 to 3 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp oil
for garnish:
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 to 2 tbsp grated coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. mix all the ingredients mentioned under the list 'main ingredients' except for the fruit salt.
  2. the batter has to be slightly thicker than the idli batter.
  3. keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
  4. meanwhile add 3-4 cups water in the steamer and heat it.
  5. grease a pan with oil.
  6. add the eno and stir briskly.
  7. don't over do as you don't want the air bubbles to escape.
  8. quickly pour the batter in the prepared pan.
  9. spread evenly and shake the pan to even out the batter.
  10. keep the pan in the steamer.
  11. cover the steamer and steam for approx 18-20 minutes.
  12. i used an electric steamer and steamed for exact 20 minutes.
  13. check with a tooth pick to see the doneness and if the toothpick comes out clean, then the dhokla is ready.
  14. remove the dhokla and allow to cool for 5-6 minutes.
  15. you can temper directly or unmould the dhokla carefully in a serving plate and then slice and then temper it.
  16. heat oil in a small pan.
  17. first add the mustard seeds.
  18. let them pop first.
  19. then add cumin and allow to crackle them.
  20. add the the asafoetida, sesame seeds and curry leaves and fry for some seconds.
  21. switch off the flame.
  22. add 2-3 tbsp water in the tempering.
  23. be careful as the oil is hot and adding water would create a splurge.
  24. so add the water carefully.
  25. pour the tempering mixture evenly over the rava dhokla.
  26. top rava dhokla with some chopped coriander leaves or freshly grated coconut.
  27. slice and serve the rava dhokla warm or cool.


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saloni October 20, 2013 1

today i made it but it was hard

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dassana October 20, 2013 2

what did you add. eno or baking soda. it should not become hard. so something wrong with the eno or soda or the batter did not have enough moisture.

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ami@naivecookcooks October 7, 2013 3

I am going to try this today!! Looks great Dassana!

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renu September 26, 2013 4

dassana.. i am in trouble.. ur rava dhokla reminded me of kesaris.. and now i want to have them…. i will stick to the khaman dhokla for trail… navin is not a rava fan eithr.. he loves suji halwa but everything else he says no.. picky eater u know.. !!!:)

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dassana September 29, 2013 5

what is kesari? and thanks renu. these dhoklas are nice too… but i know about picky eaters :-)

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Nuti September 23, 2013 6

I tried it…. my dhokla turned gooey :-(

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dassana September 23, 2013 7

nuti, you must have added too much of water. the dhokla batter has to be very thick. thats why it became soft and gooey.

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Dipti September 19, 2013 8

I tried this recipe yesterday and everybody in my home loved it. Thanks a lot Dassana.
I just love your blog. ..

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dassana September 19, 2013 9

thanks dipti

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vani September 14, 2013 10

Lovely recipe. ..how much time will it take in microwave?

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dassana September 14, 2013 11

vani, try for 2.5 to 3 minutes. depends upon your microwave and the settings.

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nags September 13, 2013 12

love this recipe dassana. i’ve bookmarked it to try

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Janani September 13, 2013 13

ohhhhhhhhhh yumm lovely dhoklas loving the way u have got it perfect.Is it some kind of special steamer dassana??? loving it what is it called.

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dassana September 13, 2013 14

janani, it is a steamer pan that came with a electric rice cooker.

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aparnarajeshkumar September 12, 2013 15

I should try this recipe with wheat rava ! believe it works :) this is tempting me to the core !

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dassana September 13, 2013 16

it is made with wheat rava only. so it will work.

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