khaman dhokla recipe | how to make khaman dhokla | khaman recipe

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khaman dhokla recipe with step by step photos – khaman is soft and fluffy, mildly tangy-sweet and a great snack anytime of the day. this is also an instant khaman dhokla recipe. khaman dhokla or khaman as its called, is a savory steamed cake made from gram flour (besan).

gujarati food as well as snacks are mine and hubby’s favorite. thankfully one cuisine is in common between us. otherwise it always a trouble for me what to cook. north indian or south indian recipes. eventually i end up cooking north indian food and the hubby wins.

khaman dhokla recipe instant

nylon khaman is one healthy great vegan snack. can be gluten free too, if you skip asafoetida in the batter. these savory cakes are really light and fluffy. khaman dhokla goes well with some mint chutney or coriander chutney or even raw papaya chutney.

three more dhokla recipes on the blog are:

usually i prepare khaman dhokla with steaming method. but when i am short of time i cook it in the microwave oven. the step by step pics here are of both the steamed & microwave versions and taken on separate occasions. below is a pic of dhokla made in the microwave oven.

khaman dhokla recipe microwave

of course, preparing instant khaman dhokla in the microwave is super easy, quick and just take about 5-6 minutes. then you need to the tempering. however, we prefer the texture of the steamed dhoklas more than the microwaved ones.

khaman dhokla recipe below:

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gujarati khaman dhokla recipe - khaman is soft and fluffy, mildly tangy-sweet and a great snack anytime of the day. khaman dhokla or khaman as its called, is a savory steamed cake made from gram flour (besan). 

course breakfasts, snacks
cuisine gujarati, indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 20 minutes
servings 5 to 6
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for khaman dhokla batter

  • 1.5 cups gram flour (besan)
  • 1 tablespoon rava (or semolina) - optional
  • 3 teaspoon ginger-green chilies paste, 1 inch ginger + 1 or 2 green chilies crushed in a mortar-pestle
  • 2 to 3 pinches turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1-2 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 teaspoon eno or fruit salt ½ to ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt or as required
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup water or add as required- the amount of water required depends on the quality of gram flour. so add as required to make a thick yet flowing batter.

for tempering khaman:

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • cup water
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - optional
  • 2 teaspoon white sesame seeds (safed til)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves, about 8 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 green chili, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon sugar

for garnish:

  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 tablespoon grated coconut

how to make recipe

making khaman dhokla batter:

  1. grease a steamer pan with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp oil.
  2. take 1.5 cups besan or gram flour in a mixing bowl or pan.
  3. add 2 to 3 pinches of turmeric powder, a generous pinch of asafoetida, 1 tsp lime juice and 3 tsp ginger-green chilies paste and salt.
  4. add 1 cup water or as required to make thick yet flowing water. the amount of water required depends on the quality of flour, so add as required.
  5. stir and then add 1 tbsp rava or sooji.
  6. stir to a smooth thick batter without any lumps.
  7. the batter should be thick yet flowing. a quick tip is that if the batter become thin, then add 1 to 2 tbsp more sooji or rava or besan. 

  8. also bring to a boil 2 to 3 cups of water in a steamer pan or electric cooker or pressure cooker. 

  9. the amount of water to be added depends on the size of the steamer or pressure cooker.

  10. then add 2 tsp eno or fruit salt.
  11. stir briskly and quickly. the fruit salt should be mixed evenly with the batter. or else you get uneven texture in the dhokla.
  12. the batter would froth and become bubbly, so you have to be quick.
  13. pour the batter in the greased pan.
  14. here's the dhokla batter ready to be steamed.

steaming method for making khaman dhokla recipe:

  1. place the pan in a steamer or electric rice cooker or pressure cooker. the water should already be boiling or hot when you place the pan with the dhokla batter. when using pressure cooker, remove the vent weight/whistle from the lid and cover the cooker tightly with its lid.
  2. steam for 15 to 20 minutes in an electric cooker. if using a pan or pressure cooker, steam for 12 to 15 minutes on a medium to high flame. here the khaman is ready after 17 minutes.
  3. to check the doneness, insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, the dhokla is done. if the toothpick has the batter on it, then you need to steam for some more time.
  4. when the khaman become warm, with a butter knife gently slid along the edges. keep a plate or tray on top of the pan.
  5. invert the pan.
  6. if greased well, the khaman will easily get inverted on the plate.
  7. slice the khaman and keep aside.

microwave method for making khaman dhokla recipe:

  1. grease a microwave safe bowl or pan with oil.
  2. cover and microwave the batter for 2 minutes on high.
  3. check the doneness by inserting a toothpick in the dhokla. if not done, then microwave again on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute. still, if not done, then microwave again for some more seconds
  4. remove the dhokla from the pan once warm or cooled.

tempering for khaman dhokla:

  1. in a small pan, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  2. add 1 tsp mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  3. when the mustard seeds are crackling, add the 1 tsp cumin seeds (optional), 8 to 10 curry leaves and 1/2 to 1 tsp chopped green chili (optional).
  4. stir and then add 2 tsp sesame seeds.
  5. fry till the sesame seeds change color. don't brown them.
  6. then add 1/3 cup water. be careful while adding water as the mixture sizzles.
  7. add 2 tsp sugar.
  8. stir and allow the tempering mixture to come to a boil.
  9. then pour this tempering mixture evenly on the khaman dhokla.
  10. garnish with 2 tbsp chopped coriander seeds and 2 tbsp grated coconut.
  11. serve khaman dhokla straight away or you can store them in an air tight box and then serve later. 

  12. if serving khaman dhokla later, then don't add coconut. you can also refrigerate them and while serving, just sprinkle some water and heat them in a microwave for few seconds.

recipe notes

tips for khaman dhokla recipe:

  • i used plain eno without any flavors.
  • for making khaman dhokla gluten free, skip the asafoetida and semolina.
  • the ingredient which we use to leaven the khaman dhokla batter is fruit salt. eno is a popular indian brand of fruit salt. you can also use baking soda. however baking soda gives the soapy aroma if used in excess. again both eno and baking soda react with turmeric powder and gives a red tinge or red spots in dhokla. so add little turmeric powder or skip it completely.

how to make khaman dhokla recipe:

1. grease a steamer pan with ¼ to ½ tsp oil.

making batter for khaman dhokla recipe

2. take 1.5 cups besan (gram flour) in a mixing bowl or pan.

besan for khaman dhokla recipe

3. add 2 to 3 pinches of turmeric powder, a generous pinch of asafoetida (skip to make a gluten free version), 1 tsp lime juice and 3 tsp ginger-green chilies paste and salt. avoid adding too much of turmeric powder as then the fruit salt or baking soda reacts with the turmeric powder and makes it red in color, thereby giving reddish specks or tones in the dhokla.

making khaman dhokla recipe batter

4. add 1 cup water or as required to make thick yet flowing water. the amount of water required depends on the quality of flour, so add as required. stir.

making khaman dhokla recipe batter

5. then add 1 tbsp rava or sooji. this is entirely optional. skip rava or semolina for a gluten free option.

stir nylon dhokla batter

6. stir to a smooth thick batter without any lumps.

nylon khaman batter

7. the batter should be thick yet flowing. a quick tip is that if the batter become thin, then 1 to 2 tbsp more sooji/rava or besan. also bring to a boil 2 to 3 cups of water in a steamer pan or electric cooker or pressure cooker. the amount of water to be added depends on the size of the steamer or pressure cooker.

nylon khaman batter

8. the ingredient which we use to leaven the khaman dhokla batter is fruit salt. eno is a popular indian brand of fruit salt. you can also use baking soda. however baking soda gives the soapy aroma if used in excess. as i have mentioned above, both eno and baking soda react with turmeric powder and gives a red tinge or red spots in dhokla. so add little turmeric powder or skip it completely.

eno for khaman dhokla recipe

9.  then add 2 tsp eno or fruit salt. 2 tsp of eno makes the dhokla soft and fluffy. but there is a slight alkaline taste. some people might prefer this taste and some won’t. if you are one of those who do not prefer this taste, then add 1.5 tsp of eno. if adding baking soda, then add from ½ tsp to ¾ tsp.

nylon khaman batter

10. begin to stir the eno with the batter briskly and quickly.

batter for nylon khaman recipe

11. the fruit salt should be mixed evenly with the batter. or else you get uneven texture in the dhokla.

eno for khaman dhokla recipe

12. the batter would froth and become bubbly, so you have to be quick.

batter for khaman dhokla recipe

12. pour the dhokla batter in the greased pan.

batter for khaman dhokla recipe

13. gently shake so that the batter evens out in the pan. here’s the dhokla batter ready to be steamed.

batter for khaman dhokla recipe

steaming instant khaman dhokla:

1. place the pan in a steamer or electric rice cooker or pressure cooker. the water should already be boiling or hot when you place the pan with the dhokla batter. when using pressure cooker, remove the vent weight/whistle from the lid and cover the cooker tightly with its lid.

batter for khaman dhokla recipe

2. steam for 15 to 20 minutes in an electric rice cooker. if using a pan or pressure cooker, steam for 12 to 15 minutes on a medium to high flame. here the khaman is ready after 17 minutes.

steaming khaman dhokla recipe

3. to check the doneness, insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, the khaman dhokla is done. if the toothpick has the batter on it, then you need to steam for some more time.

steaming - khaman dhokla recipe

4. when the khaman become warm, with a butter knife gently slid along the edges. keep a plate or tray on top of the pan.

steamed - khaman dhokla recipe

5. invert the pan.

steamed - khaman dhokla recipe

6. if greased well, the khaman will easily get inverted on the plate.

steamed - khaman dhokla

7. slice the khaman and keep aside. since i used a concave plate, the dhokla settled down in the center. won’t be the case, if you use a flat plate.

sliced dhokla - khaman dhokla recipe

making khaman dhokla in microwave:

1. grease a microwave safe bowl or pan with oil. then add the batter in a greased microwave safe bowl.

adding dhokla in microwave safe bowl

2. cover with its lid.

dhokla recipe, khaman dhokla recipe

3. microwave on high for 2.5 to 3 minutes. insert a toothpick to check for doneness. if the toothpick comes with the batter, than you have to microwave for some seconds or a minute. again don’t over do the microwave cooking as the khaman dhokla might become hard and dense. when warm or cooled unmould the khaman dhokla on a plate.

microwave khaman dhokla recipe

tempering the khaman dhokla:

1. in a small pan, heat 2 tbsp oil.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

2. add 1 tsp mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

3. when the mustard seeds are crackling, add the 1 tsp cumin seeds (optional), 8 to 10 curry leaves and to 1 tsp chopped green chili (optional).

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

4. stir and then add 2 tsp sesame seeds.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

5. fry till the sesame seeds change color. don’t brown them.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

6. then add ⅓ cup water. be careful while adding water as the mixture sizzles.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

7. add 2 tsp sugar.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

8. stir and allow the tempering mixture to come to a boil.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

9. then pour this tempering mixture evenly on the khaman dhokla and let it seep through the sliced edges.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

10. garnish with 2 tbsp chopped coriander seeds and 2 tbsp grated coconut.

tempering - khaman dhokla recipe

11. here’s the microwaved khaman dhokla which has been tempered.

khaman dhokla recipe microwave tempered

12. serve the khaman dhokla straight away or you can store them in an air tight box and then serve later. if serving dhokla later, then don’t add coconut. you can also refrigerate them and while serving, just sprinkle some water and heat them in a microwave for few seconds.

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About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



236 thoughts on “khaman dhokla recipe | how to make khaman dhokla | khaman recipe

  1. My dhoklas were not soft as we get from outside what could be the reason????

    • mamta, could be that the baking soda or eno used was not fresh and active. if the eno is not active it won’t react and the dhokla will have no sponginess. when using eno or baking soda, its always better to use them within their expiry date.

  2. Hey,
    Tried this receipt today and everyone loved it , the only problem was that it was less sour. Otherwise it is awsm

    • Thanks Nupur. However khaman dhokla does not have a sour taste. If you want little sour taste then while making the dhokla batter check the taste and at that time you can add little more lemon juice.

  3. can I use pressure cooker to steam? if yes how?

    please explain diff between cooking soda, baking soda ,soda bi carb,and baking powder.
    these 4 powders confuse me.
    thanks.

    • arusha, you can use pressure cook to steam. just add 2 to 2.5 cups water in a 5 litre pressure cooker. place the channi like plate which we get with pressure cooker in the water. then place the dhokla pan. remove the whistle from the lid. cover the pressure cooker with the lid and steam for 10 to 12 minutes or more time till the dhokla is steamed well.

      normal cooking soda and baking soda are same. baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate or soda bi carb – when moistened releases carbon dioxide which helps in rising of baked stuff. baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, an acidifying agent (cream of tartar), and also a drying agent (usually starch). same function as baking soda. however baking soda is more strong.

      • thank u
        dassana…will try again.
        about 1 year ago u had corrected my mistake in making pavbhaji and since then my pavbhaji has been as good as Bombay pavbhaji. All residents of my building like my pavbhaji….thanks for your small tip that helped big way.

        • welcome and thanks arusha. do try again. also use fresh eno as if the eno is not fresh or active the dhokla will become dense. felt good reading about the pav bhaji recipe. happy cooking.

  4. Awesome receipe… Im a star every time I make it … All thanks to you… Thank you so much for sharing… God bless you 😘

    • Welcome Nisha. Glad to know that everyone likes this dhokla recipe prepared by you. Thanks for your best wishes.

  5. Hi Dassanaji,
    I keep on trying your different recipes and all of them turn really good.. for this recipe I have a query regarding the water to be put in the pan for steaming- the batter vessel should be at what level above the water ???
    Thanking you.

    • thanks divya. the water should just touch about 1/2 to 1 inch of the batter vessel.

  6. Hi Dassana,
    I tried the dhokla today, everything looked fine until i cut it into pieces. It was not spongy and i could get the taste of besan. Could you help me understand what might have gone wrong? ☹️
    P.S. love your app and recipes!

    • mohita, if the dhokla is not spongy, the the baking soda or eno used in the recipe is not fresh or past its expiry date. other that there is no reason why the dhokla should not be spongy. taste of besan is as the dhokla has not cooked. when you use eno or baking soda, always check it in a bit of water or a mixture of water and vinegar. if it fizzes and bubbles, the eno or baking soda is fresh & active and can be used.

  7. nice recipe…dhokla came out v nice!! thanks dassana:)

    • welcome purvaja. glad to know this.

  8. Hi Dassana,
    I made this dhokla today for lunch and it was liked by everyone (our first home-made dhokla). It turned out very spongy, flavorful & soft. Ginger-chilly paste, fresh curry leaves & sesame seeds were great taste enhancers.
    Keep sharing such tasty recipes. Thank you.

    • thanks a lot ruchi for this lovely comment. i am glad that for the first time you managed it well. thanks again and happy cooking.

  9. Thankyou so much Dassana!!!

    • Welcome Shilpa

  10. Hi Dassana
    Is there any difference between the texture and taste of dhokla prepared with adding curd or without it?

    • texture is same, but the taste is different. dhokla made with curd has the sourness of curd in it.

  11. Hi I prepared dhokla but it can’t rise properly & no spongy also.why ?

    • eno or baking soda should be active and fresh as that the only leavening ingredient used in the recipe. could be that the eno or baking soda was not fresh or expired. thus the dhokla has not risen as well as is not spongy. when you add you should see fizz and bubbles in the batter.

  12. I am drawn to your blog as you are one of very few food bloggers who list the amount of salt you add to a recipe.

    Some of us are new to cooking, and cannot determine how much salt to use, when the recipe calls for “salt” or “salt to taste”.

    Thank you so much for listing the amount of salt.

    • thanks lana for these words. but i only mention salt in some recipes. in most recipes like a dal or gravy, i do not mention salt. reason being everybody’s salt preferences are different. but still i try to add the salt measurements in some recipes.

  13. Hello Dassana,

    First, thanks for your kind assistance with my queries. It’s deeply appreciated. 🙂
    I was wanting to ask you how to go about making dhokla in an electric pressure cooker. Since I am not sure whether the weight on a pressure cooker can be removed safely, could you tell me if it’s possible to keep the weight on? If so, how long would one cook the dhokla?

    • thanks kate. i have never used an electric pressure cooker. but keeping in mind the pressure cooking principles, i think you will need to remove the vent weight. if pressure is created in the cooker, then due to too much of steam, the dhokla will get a batter like consistency. even i am not very sure about the electric cooker and if its safe to remove the vent weight. so i would suggest to steam the dhokla in a pan or pot. heat water in a pan. place the dhokla pan or bowl in the pan containing water. but do make sure that the water does not spill over inside the dhokla pan while boiling. cover the pan with a lid which has a vent or keep the lid a little loose on the pan, so that some steam can pass away.

  14. Hi dassana,
    What is the make/model of the dhokla steamer that you have used in this recipe?

    • ruchi, this steamer came with the panasonic electric cooker i had purchased. its made from aluminium.

  15. What if not having aluminum pan ? Can I use steel plate for batter in the steaming process in pressure cooker

    • yes you can use steel plate or any steel pan.

  16. hello good mrng can I make dhokla in OTG ..if yes plzz tell me the process

    • good day pratibha. i have never made dhokla in OTG, so i do not know how texture will be of dhokla and also i do not know the process or method.

  17. Thanks ..really so easy and quick recipe of dhokla

    • welcome sandhya.

  18. Hi dassana, does the size of the pan matter while making this dhokla?
    May i know the size of your pan that you have used in your electric cooker.
    Thanks.

    • hina, yes it does matter. the pan size is 9×1.5 inches.

      • Thanks for this info Dassana, I made it in a smaller pan so the dhokla became high instead of wide, if you know what I mean. Taste was good but the tempering doesnt reach the bottom and its a bit dry…

        • Welcome Sneha. The pan should be of medium size around 7-8 inches in diameter.

  19. Hi Dassana, I did try the khaman dhokla recipe for breakfast today. It came out superbly well! All liked it and it was super easy in the microwave for 2mins and 30 secs in a plastic microwave dish. I used curd whey instead of water in the seasoning to moisten because that’s what I used to do with the ready mix I used to earlier buy. That’s the only change and we had it with mint, tamarind and coriander sweet chutney. It was just awesome! Thanks a ton!!

    • welcome sonia, glad you liked the khaman dhokla 🙂 thanks for positive views.

    • great sonia and thanks for letting me know. both curd whey as well as curd or even buttermilk can be used in the batter instead of water. i am sure the whey must have tasted very good in the seasoning.

  20. Yummmm! My mouth is watering already just looking at the pics as usual. Will try making it in the microwave cos tomorrow as it seems much quicker. I’m sure its going to be awesome-all your recipes are always spot on and oh! sooooooooooo delicious! You know I fully credit your site alone Dassana, for making me and my family more “vegetarian” (and willingly so!) than ever before I discovered this brilliant site about 4-5 years ago!

    • thanks a lot sonia. nice to know and i hope dhoklas come out good. microwave method is easier, but microwave in parts and check. happy cooking 🙂

  21. Very desirable recipes. Tried few and the result was just great. The recipes surely deserve appreciation and thank notes!

    • welcome shilpika. thanks for your positive feedback.

  22. Hi dassana.. I have tried many recipes from your site and they turned out to be really tasty.. only thing I had a problem with thia dhokla recipe is that mine didn’t come out fluffy.. it didn’t rise at all.. it was just like a besan base and little sticky.. what could be the reason? I felt very disappointed. .

    • you use eno or baking soda. the eno or baking soda, must be past its shelf life and not active. thats why the dhoklas did not turn out fluffy and sticky.

  23. Awessssom recipe… Worked out very nicely…
    Thnq once again 🙂

    • welcome always pooja, thanks for positive views 🙂

  24. Thank you for sharing the recipe…
    We are planning to try it out but there’s one thing I need to get clarified…
    For steaming the dhokla, can I use any usual stainless steel container? Or does it have to be an aluminium one? I wouldn’t mind much the shape…

    And while steaming, can the pan be rested in the boiling water? I don’t have any hanging-above arrangement in my pressure cooker.

    Thank you

    • welcome ruchi. you can use any steel container. but just grease it well, so that the dhokla comes out easily without getting stuck. yes, the pan can be rested in boiling water. do make sure that when the water is boiling, it does not fall on the dhokla batter inside the pan. the water should just touch 1 to 1.5 inch of the pan from the bottom.

      • Thank you for the help on procedure!
        I tried the recipe today but the dhokla was uncooked except the top layer (then i went on to steam further for over an hour hoping that it’d get done but with no success)… I’ve tried many recipes from your blog and they all turn out great so I am suspecting my steaming method… if you could just verify if it’s alright..

        In the cooker, after pouring water, I placed an inverted perforated plate over which I placed the utensil/mould containing dhokla batter. I covered the mould with another small plate to prevent steam from getting in touch with batter directly (since the mould was lying at a much lower level than cooker height).
        Then I closed the cooker with its lid sans whistle and went ahead with steaming.
        Was the steaming method alright? [sorry if it all sounds stupid, actually we have never tried any steamed dish at home like idli, dhokla etc]

        • welcome ruchi. looks like some water has gone in the batter while cooking. so the base is batter like and the top has got cooked. you can keep the flat jali round base that we get with pressure cooker at the bottom and then place the dhokla batter pan on top of it. cover with a lid while steaming. some steam outlet should be there, while steaming, so do not cover tightly, the way we cover when cooking rice or lentils.

          using the perforated plate is fine. thats what i mentioned above. but do not cover the dhokla batter pan with a lid. keep it open. also secure the cooker lid tightly, but do not use whistle. looks like since you kept a lid on the pan, steam has formed in the pan and the batter looks uncooked. so my above reasonings are not right. also cooked height does not matter. if you want you can keep a heat proof stand inside the cooker and place the bowl on the stand.

          • Hi Amit
            Thank you for your easy yet amazing recipes, I was in hostel after school for 10years for studies and at home also was never interested in going to kitchen, had always been a spoilt baby,, now after marriage I started learning recipes slowly and gradually and enjoying doing that rather, me n my husband both are big foodies thank you so much you saved me with your recipes with photos, ps. My inlaws visited us and your Punjabi kadhi, dhokla, chilly mushroom etc recipes were loved by each n everyone at home and got me so much appreciation

            • Welcome Swati. Glad to know that recipes are helping you in learning cooking. Feel free to ask any query about recipes posted. I will be glad to help you.

  25. I once made the microwave version and was a hit.. Can we make this without eno.. And is there any possibility of making the recipe by grinding chana dal and fermenting it like idli batter?

    • thanks ashrita. there is a method of grinding chana dal and fermenting like idli batter. soak 1 cup chana dal first for a few hours. then grind with some ginger and green chilies to a paste. the batter should have a rava like consistency in the ground chana dal. add water as required while grinding to make a thick batter like idli batter. then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of curd or 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice in the batter along with salt and mix well. cover and ferment overnight or 6 to 7 hours. then make dhoklas. but here you do need to add some baking soda. so for 1 cup of chana dal, you can add 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon baking soda. hope this helps. you can also add cumin seeds and a pinch of hing while grinding chana dal.

      • Thank you so much for such a detailed reply dassana.. U really rock in this.. I would try it for soon and would let you know.. Btw I’m a regular reader and I swear by your recipes.. Have made Palak paneer, cookies, cauliflower curry, methi ke paranthe and a lot more to list.. And till date no recipes from your space has turned me down.. Keep rocking..

        • thanks ashrita for trying so many dishes and for positive views.

  26. Hello mam. .u r wonderful in teaching people about cooking. I made this recipe yesterday night It came out out soft and delicious. Credit goes to you.
    I have one question my hubby said he ate dhokla somewhere where they took dhokla out of water to serve.i didn’t get this.do u know anything about water he is talking about.will be very helpful

    • thanks seerat for the feedback. i am not aware about taking dhoklas out of water. i have never seen such a thing 🙂

  27. hello Dassana!
    i just cooked this awesome dhokla and it came out sooooo delisiously we couldt stop eat till last crumble. I used 1/2 tsp soda coz in russia we dont have fruit salt but there was no hint of alcaline in dhokla…. i was a little bit worry about 1/3 cup of water for tempering coz i bothered that dhokla would become loose and watery but i trusted you blindly as usual and it came out perfect!! it was melting in mouth soft and spongy.
    you have a great gift – to cook and to teach. (and to take fabulous food photo!))))please keep teaching and inspiring us!
    thank you sooo much!!!

    • very pleased to know this ksenia 🙂 glad your folks liked the khaman dhokla. thank you for your kind and encouraging words. you are always welcome.

  28. Hii i always follow ur recipes and they come very tasty.my doubt is if we steam it like idli can we cover it with lid

    • yes you have to cover with a lid. but there should be an outlet for the steam to pass in the lid.

  29. hello mam,I want to ask you that when i make dhokla in microwave it does not prepare well.It makes spongy but somewhere dry and wet on a same loaf of dhokla although i put too much water on it. Kindly help me out

    • could be that the microwave oven is not cooking the dhokla evenly. should not actually happen. what you can do is microwave at a low to medium power. so that the dhokla remains soft and does not get dry and also cooks evenly.

  30. Hello love your recipes.. While making dhokla my dhokla just gets cooked at upper level.. At bottom dhokla remains uncooked. Y does this happens?? Please tell me.

    • thanks priyanka. actually it should not happen. the water which is used for steaming should not go into the batter or some other issue. not easy to guess.

  31. Thanks for providing simple steps, dhokla came out very soft

    • thanks for sharing this saras 🙂

  32. I made it after very long time, forgotten my recipe, not remembered

    • ok thankyou 🙂

  33. Thankz for this recipe. Came out very well-soft, fluffy and yummy 🙂

    • thanks for the positive feedback bindu.

  34. thanks for the receipe….I tried but didnt get tht fluffy…wht can be the reason for the same

    • could be that the eno or baking soda must not be active/fresh or past their shelf life. for any recipe that use eno or baking soda, always use them fresh and within their expiry date.

  35. Hai..i alwys visit ds site…its a superb site helps us to improve our cooking skills..dhokla one f ma fav dish…i am frm Kerala..dhokla s nt available here .i had t from Mumbai..i wish to make t…i hav one doubt…shoul i use baking soda instead f eno??? Or eno s compulsory fr dhokla..??plz reply…thank u sithara

    • you can use baking soda. but at times with baking soda, you can get orangish reddish color in the dhokla. this is due to the reaction between turmeric and baking soda.

  36. Hi,

    I want to try this recipe in rice cooker but the steam pan is not as you have shown i pictures..it has holes in it so what do I use in that case?
    please reply soon n thank u

    • the steam pan with holes is used for steaming veggies. i would not suggest using this steam pan for steaming dhokla. you can use any other bowl or pan which can fit inside this steaming pan which you have.

  37. Thnks for ur delicious recipies .. Dhokla was very yummiee bt its lower part was bit hard.cn u suggest me the way to avoid dat issue?

    • simar, when you add the eno, you have to mix it really well. if not mixed very well, then some parts of the batter won’t be fluffy when cooked. also could be that the dhokla was steamed too much, hence the lower part became dense. next time, mix the eno very well with the batter. then after pouring the batter in a pan, gently shake the pan, so that the batter spreads and evens out in the pan. then steam the dhokla.

  38. I really like your recipes and mostly d way u presented it..whenever i want to prepare any wish i definitely follow your way..
    Thank u so much for such luvly guidance.

    • thank you much suman.

  39. Thank you so much mam, with ur wonderful guidance I m nw able to prepare fine dhoklas,

    • glad to know this and thankyou maya also you are always welcome.

  40. Hi can I skip sugar while tempering. Basically my husband doesn’t like sweetish tinge.thanks

    • yes you can skip sugar.

  41. Dear madam
    Thanks a lot for the recipe can I make the dhoklas in idle steamer

    • yes you can make. just steam dhokla, the way you steam idlis.

  42. tried.. .its excellent!
    second time I added a little (2 spns)of curd and a spn of veg oil.believe that gave a nice tangy taste and soft texture.do u think its fine?
    another question ‘ should I keep the dhokla pan/mould uncovered while steamimg in the pressure cooker?
    pl answer

    • thanks. its fine to add the extra teaspoons of curd and some oil. addition of oil gives a moistness to the dhokla. no need to keep the pan covered with anything while steaming in the cooker.

  43. Hi dasana,
    . can I use citric acid, instead of lemon juice?if yes in what proprtion..
    Also I want to serve it in evening party , but make in morning, and I m confused as to how will it work, for tempering and also its softness

    Thanks
    Sonu

    • you can use citric acid. but i am not sure about the proportions. so can try with a small batch. make in the morning. then temper. before serving, just sprinkle some water and microwave for a few seconds. garnish with coconut and then serve. don’t add coconut after you temper. keep the dhokla covered in a bowl or container with a lid.

      • Ok… You mean not add water in temper, and garinish after with coconut??? Plz specify… Do I need to cut in pieces before tempering??

        Sonu

        • yes do add water while tempering. then don’t garnish with coconut. you can though garnish with coriander leaves if you want. do keep the dhokla in a container. then before serving, just sprinkle a bit of water on them and microwave just to make them warm. then you garnish with coconut. yes you need to cut in pieces before tempering.

  44. As usual another superlative experience from one of your recipe guides. My wife asked “how did you do this”. To my unbelievable credit I did not plagiarize. I said “it’s all on the Internet”. Dassana you are to be highly commended. Are you based in New Delhi? Send me your full postal details please. I do not believe in taking without giving. Best regards. Rohit.

    • thank you very much rohit for the kind words and for your thoughtful gesture. your gesture already has already made me feel good. so nothing more is required 🙂
      fyi – i am not based in delhi. thanks once again.

  45. Hi Dassana, its me again with a query….i made this dhokla again today… it did froth and also there were bubbles .. but while eating it felt very dry .. i followed exatly what you hv done… where am i going wrong .. did i put too much besan or less water while mixing or i dont know…. or i should steam it for a longer time .. pls help .. i dont want to fail the third time ….

    thanks dassana for all your replies …

    tk care and regards
    marina

    • Okay. Dryness could be due to less water or too much steaming. So try adding a few tbsp more water or steam of lesd time. Welcome marina.

  46. hi dassana, i had made this dhokala for the first time.. it did taste but it was not very soft … ofcourse it was not hard also … what could hv gone wrong.. i used eno lemon flavour.. when i added eno it did not froth and there were no bubbles .. u think that could be the reason or something else or at the end i used less water in the tadka ….

    thanks for your reply in advance ..

    rgds n tk care
    marina

    • hi marina, the batter should froth and bubble as soon as you add eno. if it does not, then it means that the eno was not fresh, meaning it had expired and not active. this is also true for ingredients like baking soda and baking powder. so this could be the reason for the dhokla not being soft. for the tadka, its fine if you use less water. even if water is not added in the tadka, its fine.

  47. I made dhokla today using microwave and it came out really well n tasted really gud. Except i felt the edge to b a bit hard , it ws nt dat mch noticable bt if eaten vry fast v cn feel it. Wat do you think can b d prob? Also my mum made dhokla wid curd. Wat if v substitute water wid curd? Thanx fr a great recipie …i always follow your recipes.

    • if the dhokla gets cooked too much in the microwave, it will harden. even if its cooked for some more seconds, it will get overcooked. with microwave, the food even gets cooked after its removed from the microwave oven. so while making any dish in the microwave, cook for some seconds or minutes check the doneness and if not cooked, then again place the pan in the microwave. you can add curd instead of water. but i would suggest adding both water and curd. skip lemon juice, if you add curd.

  48. I like this website

  49. Hey!
    I tried your dhokla recipe today. And midway realised i had just a teaspoon of eno instead of the two as needed in the recipe. So, i substituted equalequal measures of baking siad and powder to make up the lacking teaspoon.
    Well guess what, the dhokla was well shaped and risen. I’m so glad. It was my first try at dhokla making.
    Other than the rising agent, i wholly followed your recipe.
    Haven’t tasted it yet, as we all are fasting for ramadan. It seems it will be delicious!

    • thanks wardah and good to know that the dhokla came out well 🙂

  50. hi what can i use instead of lime juice???

    • you can use curd/yogurt.

  51. Ur recipes always do woonders in my life. I was most happy person to make a perfect dhokla for my family. Thanks a ton.

    • welcome barnali. glad to know this.

  52. Ur recipes always do wonders in my life. I was most happy person to make a perfect dhokla for my family. Thanks a ton.

    • welcome barnali. glad to know this.

  53. hai, can i use Eno lime flavour.

    • divi, yes you can use. a reader had tried and it turned out well.

  54. Hello Dassana,

    I simply loved the way you have explained even the minutest of details here. The recipe presented in a step by step format is a pure joy to watch too and none the less needs to be tried as well.

    I love cooking dhoklas. I have tried to get a dhokla steamer but have not yet succeeded.
    So, i end up making or steaming them in my pressure cooker prestige.

    I have one basic question to ask. As you have already mentioned that we need not use the whistle of the cooker while steaming it, then should i be using the gasket or the rubber on the inside of the lid.

    What i have been doing so far is i do not use the gasket , simply close the lid , keep the whistle or the weight and steam the dhokla batter. and normally it turns out fine but a lot of times it takes over 20 mins to cook..

    So help me out with my query please.
    Have a good day ahead.
    Kirti

    • thanks a lot kirti. yes you do need to use the gasket. before getting an electric cooker, i would use the pressure cooker for steaming dhokla. i would use the gasket then. 20 minutes is a long time. with the gasket it would not take so long.

  55. Nice of you to post this with options for gluten free – it’s also dairy-free, which is helpful as many versions contain yogurt or buttermilk.

    • thanks mvp for your kind words. wherever possible, i always try to give options or variations.

  56. it s really easy nd simple way to cook. really nice and good.

    • thanks gagandeep

  57. I tried this out and the results were fantastic.. Its really simple adn quick to make… Needless to say I was complimented by all who ate the dhokla. Thank you

    • welcome alland. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your experience.

  58. Hi dassana,
    I have tried many recipes from ur blog and really want to thank you for making cooking super easy for newly married women like me .. Every time I tried out a recipe it turned out to be perfect. Thanks to detailed pictures n instructions. Thanks again.. 🙂

    • welcome daisy. glad to know that the blog is helping you in cooking.

  59. Wonderful! I just wanted to know is it ok to prepare this mixture in the night and keep it for fermenting and then readily bake it in the morning..Does this mean that the eno can be skipped if kept for fermenting..Being a working woman just asking.

    • hi pooja, from what i know, the dhokla which is fermented is soaked ground chana dal and yogurt/buttermilk. i don’t think this batter will taste good if fermented. as the besan gets a sour taste which is not pleasant to the palate.

  60. Thanks for the wonderful recipe … Dhokla came out really well.

    • welcome somya. glad to know this.

  61. nice receipe but list of material require not available

    • ingredient list and method right towards the end after the step by step pics.

  62. must testy food as indian cake ..We can use green chilly too

    • thanks pallavi

  63. Hi dassana, thanks for the wonderful recipie. Microwave cooking is fast n easy but doesn’t work when we wnt to cook in advance. Can we bake dhokla instead of steaming in a baking oven ?

    • welcome. you can steam these dhoklas in a pan or pressure cooker or an electric rice cooker, instead of baking.

  64. Hi Dassana,
    My cooking skills arent really up to the mark..but lately have been following many of your recipes and getting all the praise from my family 😉
    Love all your recipes, the step by step instructions, tips and all your pictures are really mind blowing! I love how you describe everything in detail. This site has become like a bible for me. Even if I want to try any recipe from any other source, I first come here and check about it. Only if I find it here, do I try it…gives me the confidence to try new things. ..have been planning to write this since a long time…thanks a lot…
    now about the dhokla I tried making today, it wasn’t that fluffy as I expected. Correct me if I an wrong but its because I used baking soda instead of eno. Will try it again after a few days.
    Looking forward to learn more from you and your site.
    thanks once again,
    Uma.

    • thanks uma for all the positive feedback and praise. humbled.
      eno works best in dhokla. again if the baking soda is active meaning still in its shelf period, then the dhokla will become soft. if the baking soda is not active, then the dhokla will turn out dense. i generally don’t add baking soda as i do not like its alkaline odor. hence i prefer adding eno. try increasing the baking soda to 1 tsp. it should give you a better result. i will be updating this post with the steamed version soon and with better pics.

  65. I followed your microwave recipe as closely as possible, but the dhokla turned out orange. It took longer to cook and didn’t taste like I expected either. Why do you think that happened? Please guide. I’m a novice cook, but your recipes generally turn out fabulous, so I trust them completely.

    • orange or reddish tones is due to the reaction of alkali and acid. in this case its due to alkali – baking soda or eno and acidic – lemon juice. the recipe gives soft dhokla. you have mentioned whether the texture did not come out as expected or the taste was different. also in a microwave timings do differ from oven to oven.

  66. hi,
    can I add curd and red chilli powder in the batter and can I leave the batter for 4hours or more to mix well.
    can I add long green chillies for the tempering
    thnks

    • yes neha, you can add curd and red chilli powder in the batter. skip lemon juice in this case, as you are already adding curd. you can keep for some hours. but don’t add eno or baking soda and keep for 4 hours. just add either of them, when you are about to microwave or steam the dhokla.

  67. I used lemon flavoured eno. Dhokla turned out amazing! Loved it.

    • thanks wari for letting me know. good the lemon flavored eno worked.

  68. Hey Dassana. Even I could never make a good dhokla. It always turned out to be soggy. I was starting to doubt my cooking skills! But thanks to your microwave recipe I made it in a few mins. I made this just now and it turned out to be awesome. Can’t thank you enough.

    • thats nice to know richa. welcome 🙂

  69. What is fruit salt? Which eno flavour would u recommend?

    • fruit salt is eno. i recommend plain eno without any flavors.

  70. Thanks for this recipe dassana ji…I made it yesterday…it really came out so good….I wanted to make khandvi…but I didnt find it in ur blog..can u plz put up ths recipe bcz I used to follow ur recipes. .

    • welcome anjali. i have got few request for khandvi but not able to post it. i will post it soon.

  71. Thanks for the recepi, I tried it today and came out just too delicious dhokla . but I added a little more turmuric but it was too good ..
    Thanks a lot!!

    • welcome utpal

  72. Hi Dassana,
    I made this today, and it was really tasty. It turned out just as pictured, although I did have to microwave it for 4.5min to get the toothpick to come out clean. I’d never had or made khaman before, but my boyfriend (Gujarati) mentioned that while this was really tasty, he is accustomed to a khaman that is moist and fluffier and sort of crumbles in your mouth. I didn’t use a full half cup of water in the tempering, because I was scared it would make the khaman too wet. Do you think this might be the difference? Or do you have other thoughts on what he might be talking about?

    • hi kristina. this recipe is spongy and soft. but not like the khaman which your boyfriend is mentioning. to make the crumbly and moist khaman, you need to add 1.5 to 2 tsp eno/fruit salt in 1 cup of gram flour/besan. i personally do not like adding 2 tsp of fruit salt as the khaman then has a typical soda like alkaline odor which i do not like. so i usually add 1.5 tsp. in this recipe, then you will need to add 3 tsp of fruit salt to 2 cups gram flour. note that the fruit salt cannot be substituted by baking soda in this case. adding the water tempering keeps the khaman moist and it does make a difference. in this recipe it works very well. the spongy khaman dhokla absorbs the water, so there is a moistness, but its not like the dhokla becomes wet.

      • Thanks! That’s really helpful!

  73. hey thanks for the recipe..it taste good,but why after i microwave it color changes to red???

    • that is due to the reaction of the eno or baking powder with turmeric powder. it happens with me too at times.

  74. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I have never heard of (or tasted) dhokla before, but I had a big bag of besan someone gave me, so after searching for recipes to use it, I came across yours. I made some substitutions: I didn’t have any green chilies or ginger, so I used a little Thai green curry paste; I couldn’t find asafetida, so I used a mixture of garlic and onion powder; I used the baking soda…so probably not the most authentic, but still delicious and healthy! I will make it again soon, hopefully with all the correct ingredients!

    • thanks daneal. i am glad with all the substitutions you made, the dhokla was still delicious.

  75. Hi Dassana….I am an ardent follower of your blog. All of your recipes have worked beautifully for so far…today I made Dhokla as per this recipe….I don’t know where I went wrong….but the dhokla turned out to be pale brown and wasn’t tasting great…ii used the microwave method…it took about 5 mins for the dhokla to be cooked. Can you please help me?

    • hi shantala. firstly thanks. i think the dhokla got over cooked in the microwave. 5 mins is a long time. usually even after removing the food from microwave, it still keeps on cooking. the cooking time varies from oven to oven. if using high powder, then 2 to 3 minutes is fine depending on the oven.

      also the color should be yellow. i am not sure why the color was pale brown. did you use baking soda or eno fruit salt. let me tell you that even eno fruit salt has a shelf life. so if the batter does not bubble up or increase in volume, it means that the fruit salt is expired. i will be adding a dhokla post that is made in a steamer in some time.

  76. I’ve tried so many recipes of yours… very excited to try this one tomorrow for a potluck!

  77. nice.

  78. hi i just had a question that what do u mean by microwave on high.

    • it means microwaving on full power. there are different setting in the microwave oven from high to low. you can check your microwave oven manual for more details.

  79. I &my family loved it

  80. Thanks for the recipe , using microwave looks so easy.The dhokla looks so tempting and yummy.

    • thanks and welcome smita.

  81. Hi!!
    I tried this recipe ,but my dhokle turn Red , can you please tell ,why it is turning red ,it is fluffy ,but red .
    Thanks

    • hi richa. its due to the reaction of the baking soda with the turmeric. hence i don’t use baking soda when making khaman dhokla. if i use soda, then i add very less of the turmeric powder.

  82. i HAVE to try this…. teh steamed version definitely has its charm.. but i think i will go for teh microwave version first.. my hubby is not a fan of dhokla..i hope i can convince him ..planning a weekend breakfast …
    noting down ur recipe.. i thinki have all ingredients except fruit salt..
    will let u know..i hope i can make it tom… seeing ur pics i am really really tempted…
    i seriously wish i was ur neighbour or friend in pune…:).. honestly…. saying this from teh bottom of my heart:)

    • thanks a lot renu. if we were neighbors both of us would have a good time. add baking soda instead of the fruit salt. just add very little of turmeric powder or avoid it as the dhoklas turn red due to the reaction between baking soda and turmeric powder.

  83. hi, can tell me the measurement of one cup in gms or ltrs

    • i think you are asking for 1 cup of besan. 1 cup of gram flour is 92 grams.

  84. i want to ask …in microwave we can cook dokla on simple mood as it is or wecan use steam option ?

    • mansi, i don’t have steam option in my microwave oven, so not sure about it. i used the microwave mode.

  85. hii nice recipe 🙂
    I have a quick question…..can we add cook soda instead of eno salt

    • you can add cooking soda instead of eno. but it may make the dhokla red or give red patches due to reaction between the turmeric and soda. you can just add a pinch of turmeric in this case. 1/2 tsp soda would be fine.

  86. I treid most of you dishes, they are all excellent, thasnk for sharing. but this dish you said 1 tsp oil and you have almost used 1 cup oil. Thks

    • thanks loreen for trying the recipes. regarding this recipe, where i have used 1 cup oil? it 1 tbsp oil for the tempering which is mixed with 1/2 cup water.

    • thanks and will check janet.

  87. Hello,
    Can I substitute Baking Powder for the Eno Fruit Salt? Eno Fruit Salt is no recommended for diabetics.
    Many Thanks,
    Greg

    • hi greg. i would suggest you to add baking soda instead of baking powder. baking powder won’t be able to leaven the dhokla batter effectively. if using baking soda, then don’t add turmeric as baking soda reacts with turmeric and gives a reddish color. the dhokla will will have reddish tones in it.

    • Thank you Dassana!
      I LOVE your website! Most informative and very helpful. I’m a Gluten-free, Sugar-free Vegan and felt as tough I had very few options. India spices have opened a new world in cooking for me. My overall health has improved immensely, since I deleted all gluten and sugar from my diet (I use Stevia and/or “Just Like Sugar” instead of cane sugar). I mostly use chickpea Flour and coconut oil for cooking. Fresh fruits ,vegetables and beans. My goal is not focused on a certain body weight, but to achieve optimum health through my daily diet. In other words, good nutrition is key!
      Namaste,
      Greg

      • welcome greg. good to know that you are on your way to wholesome food and healthy diet. indian food has a plenty of healthy options as far as everyday meals are concerned. also barring some milk based sweets, all indian food can be veganised easily. in fact the south indian food is vegan naturally as only coconut or coconut milk is used to make them. even desserts and sweets are made from coconut milk.

        just a note on asafoetida. someday a visitor left a comment that asafoetida is not gluten free. i did some research. if using asafoetida, then use the ones which are available in small rocks or lumps. don’t use the powdered form as wheat is added in these, unless the package mentions otherwise. and yes indian spices can really warm up and meal and make it delcious as well.

  88. I love love love your site! And this is my favorite..Thank you for posting a Dhokla recipe I can actually make

    • thanks a lot aneeta.

  89. I like new recipes in english and gujarati.
    Thank you very much

  90. Hi
    I suppose the bottled hing normally called as compounded asfoetida has wheat flour mixed with it an hence not gluten free but the khada hing is gluten free

    • yes, even i think so. but then always better to check the ingredients list and buy asafoetida.

  91. pl let me know the temperature at what oven be kept and also bake,roast or grill in every veg. recipe as it may helpful for alone person not knowing fundamentals of microwave also.

    • i will be doing a separate post on the this.

  92. I’ve never heard of fruit salt before and didn’t know where to get it, so I used baking soda and it turned out great!

    • thats great jessica. even baking soda works well instead of fruit salt.

  93. Hi Dassana ….I have tried making dhokla at home 3-4 times and it has always ended in a disaster. :(but today I tried making dhokla again with your microwave option receipe and I am amazed to see that it came out perfecccctttt!!!wow ..I am thrilled …thanks so much for your receipe ….I have a request …can you also come up with some low cal /diet food recipes …that will be great!!
    Cheers…

    • thats nice to know priya. cooking in microwave can be a disaster at times. except for the fried food recipes and rich recipes on the blog, most of the recipes i post are low cal…. i will categorize the existing recipes where not much oil, sugar or butter or milk products is used as low cal. will give you the link too after categorizations so that you can view all the recipes at one go… will also post more such recipes in the future.

  94. JGD Mam,

    I cooked dhokla today…it seems as ur’s n taste also good… but it’s not as soft as some bakery’s … plz tell y… i added 1/4 cup suji also….

    Thx 🙂

    • dear mehak, suji absorbs more water than besan, so the consistency of the batter has to be adjusted accordingly. you would need to add more water in this case. also while microwaving, even if it is microwaved a little more, than the dhokla can become hard. this has happened with me too once. the dhokla became a little dense. it could be that the dhokla did not become soft due to these reasons.

      • wow nice observation…. thx Mam 🙂

  95. I’m sorry, but asafetida or hing is NOT gluten free.

    • thanks harpreet for letting me know about asafoetida not being gluten free. i was not aware of this. i did check the brand i use and it does not mention wheat or wheat product anywhere. so i assume that the brand i use is gluten free.

      i also did some research on the web and came to know that in united states wheat is added to asafoetida. i did not know about this too. also there is a brand known as frontier brand which has asafoetida totally gluten free. i think people who suffer from gluten intolerance would be much more aware than me and would skip asafoetida in this recipe as well in their other food if it calls for it.

      anyways thanks for this info. this is totally new to me. next time when i buy hing, i will check the details as well as update it in this post.

  96. As a Gujarati I love khaman dhokla. I never try myself to do it. My mum always makes for us. Bless her. I will definatly give it a go when I saw 10 mins in total time to make it. Dhokla is never be easy to make apart of your tactics Dassana. Pics are impressive as always. Thanks.

  97. I always made the dhokla batter with chana dal, urad dal and rice. But it takes too much time. This recipe of dhokla which is made by besan is very much time saving and very tasty just like restaurant. But I did not serve the dhokla with green chutney but with sweet & sour tamarind chutney and used rai mustard seeds instead of mustard seeds for tempering.

    • the soaking of the dals and fermenting takes time. but i will make this one too, once my grinder starts working. i end up making this instant version of khaman dhokla as it is too easy and quick, especially in the microwave. no fuss, no extra cleaning and super quick.

    • Hi Swati ,
      My mother used to make dhokla with soaked dals as you mentioned . She is no more now and i am looking for a recipe.can you please send me the same via email , i will be grateful to you

  98. I tried exactly the same way its written n guess what…??? it really was a superb n healthy evening snack full of protein n fiber…. thanks n go on…. All the best…

    • thanks and nice to hear this, vrun….

  99. Dassana, this is one recipe that has vexed me several times. Thankyou for posting both versions.
    I will try the stove-top one. The pictures look gorgeous as ever. 🙂

    • thanks shri. do make and give the feedback if possible.

  100. Using the microwave for this is such a neat idea…love the pics..

  101. Hello Dassana,
    This mw. way of preparing dhokla is a stupendous idea !!. saves lots of drudgery. Yes, it is ” chat mangni pat shadi”. short circuits the preparation !!. Thank you.

    Reply

    • thanks. it does save a lot of time and extra cooking and then extra cleaning of the other pans.

  102. Too good.

    • thanks runita.

  103. Great great, wonderful package of a convenient recipe and beautifully styled photos! Am sharing this on fb!

    • thanks 🙂

  104. I have never known this particular cake [or snack, as you call it 🙂 !], made it or eaten it: but surely shall!! So easy, with usual pantry items, and with such a moreish look! I guess the fruit salt is a necessity for its leavening properies: shall have to look into that!!

    • dear eha, khaman dhokla is a very popular snack as well as street food of gujarat in india. do try making the dhokla. they are very good. the fruit salt aerates the batter and helps the dhokla to become soft and porous.

  105. I have tried making dhokla at home. It has not been bad, but never as good as what we get outside. And so I gave up. This looks tempting, but I am wary of another attempt since it is always compared!

  106. really excellent recipe thanks for sharing all people and me thanks really i m ultimate happy from your recipe

    • thanks.

  107. my son in law likes khaman very much.this is perfect recipe for my daughter.this is like chat mangni pat shadi………thanks dassana.

    • welcome hemlata.

  108. ths madam dasana ,ur briyani was very tasty,my family loved it.l wil try tis new chickpea dish again,tq

    • yes do try the dhokla thavamani… and please don’t call me madam… just call me dassana 🙂

  109. Hey Dassana, your dhokla’s looks so nice and spongy, loved your microwave version too. Thank you for the mention and trying out my dhokla recipe, I am glad you liked it :).

    • thanks to your mom for the recipe and to you for sharing the recipe on your blog 🙂

      • you are so very welcome dear :)!

        • Can you please tell me how to bake without microwave

          • i have already mentioned this part in the recipe details… just keep the pan with the dhokla batter in boiling water and cover with a lid & steam.

            • hello Dassana 🙂 i tries all your recipes and all my family members loved it so much 🙂
              but today i tried khaman dhokla
              but when i made it,it is orangish red in color not yellow 🙁
              what to do?should i skip lemon juice?

              • thanks sneha. its because of the reaction between turmeric powder and baking soda/eno. nothing you can do. its alright. you can have it. adding lemon juice is optional. won’t make any difference.

  110. That looks pretty neat for a mw version. great solution for a quick snack:)

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