Khaman Dhokla - Indian Cooking Challenge

This months dish for Indian Cooking Challenge was Khaman Dhokla. Dhokla is a Gujarati dish and one of the healthiest snacks, almost guilt free. It's also so visually appealing with its bright yellow colour and all the garnish, just impossible to resist. I made this last week when I had a couple of friends over and we enjoyed every bite.

This is a wonderful try it.

Khaman Dhokla
For Batter:
250 gms Bengal gram flour / besan
1/2 cup curd (not very sour)
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp cooking soda

For seasoning to be mixed to the batter (to be added just before cooking)
1 tbs oil
a pinch turmeric
1-2 green chillies, ground to a paste
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid

1 packet (5gms/ 1tsp) eno - (green colour fruit lime) + sprinkle or dust few bits on the plate

For tempering
Sesame seeds
Mustard Seeds
Curry leaves
Grated coconut
Coriander leaves

Little water + Oil to be topped on dhoklas

Mix 1/2 cup curd with 1/2 cup water. Add the besan and mix well till there are no more lumps. The consistency should be of idli batter, more of dropping not pouring consistency. Add more water if needed, else add the soda. Keep it aside to rise for 1 hour.

To the batter mix in the citric acid, oil, salt, sugar, green chili paste and turmeric powder. Mix well.

Meanwhile heat the steamer pan, and let the water start boiling. When the water reaches the rolling stage, you can mix the eno to the batter (Save little of eno for dusting on the plate), mix gently, you will see bubbles coming out.

Dust or sprinkle the plate with eno. Then immediately pour the batter to the plate. Place the plate carefully inside the pressure pan and cover with lid. You need not use the whistle. After covering you will find steam coming out of the outlet, simmer and don't disturb for almost 5 -7 minutes.

After 5 -7 minutes, remove the lid and proof it using toothpick or knife. If the knife comes out clean and does not have any batter sticking, then its done. Cover back and let it remain on flame for 1 min and switch off the gas and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.

In a bowl, mix 3 tsps of water along with a tsp of oil.
Remove the plate from the pan, pour the water and oil mix over the top.

For seasoning, heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, sesame seeds, mustard seeds and finely chopped green chilies. When mustard starts popping, remove and pour over the dhokla

The batter should be filled to only 1/2 as it will rise up. After adding eno the batter should not rest. Amount of sugar can be increased on preference.

If you want perfect shaped ones and not the crumbling, cut and handle gently

Dhokla can also be steamed in kadai filled with water and a plated titled over it.

Green Chutney
4-5 green chillies
4-5 pieces coconut
1 bunch of coriander
few mint leaves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 big lime
salt to taste

Take all the ingredients except coriander in a food processor. Grind to a smooth paste.
Then add the coriander and again grind. Remove to a bowl, add the remaining lime and serve with Dhoklas.

What are your plans for the weekend? Have a good one!


  1. Looks so soft and fluffy Poornima... nice presentation...

  2. perfect spongy dhokla, will try it with chutney next time...

  3. Looks perfect Poorni...

  4. I can never make it so perfectly,excellent job gal:D

  5. Perfect looking dhoklas. May have tasted heavenly too.

  6. wow gorgeous pics :) and the dhoklas look perfect with chutney :)

  7. Khaman Dhokla, looks so bright and beautiful. Very beautifully arranged and very tempting too

  8. Perfect Dhoklas Poornima! They have turned out so spongy! Lovely click :)
    And there is something else I wanted to mention. I'm not able to scroll your page using the scroll bar coz I doesnt move. Hence I use the arrow keys.Also I'm not able to select/view the dropdown options on the right side of your page for the same reason. I dont know if this is a browser issue or happening to me only, but since its been happening for quite a few times, I thought of mentioning to you.

  9. Thanks everybody...the dhoklas were really great.
    Pooja, this has been happening for a while...let me see if I can fix it...thanks for mentioning it.

  10. nice clicks poornima,

    they came out so light and fluffy

    i use to adore them when we were living in Gujarat , i lived there almost for 20 years so this became my fav snack but surprisingly i never tried making it by myself but always wanted to i will surely give this recipe a try..

  11. Looks beautiful. Nice presentation.

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  13. They have come out so pretty n yum Poornima..:)

  14. Hi Poornima My first time here. I followed the ICC thread ... Very nice fluffy dhoklas indeed. I am yet to take a tour of your blog. Do find time to visit my blog and leave me a note. take care.

  15. really yummy looking dhoklas and a lovely click too...perfect to served with that chutney....

  16. They have come out very nice.

  17. The dhoklas look delish Poornima and cut so perfectly. The look like an advt on an instant dhokla mix packet.

  18. Perfect soft & spongy dhokla ... Looks fabulous ...

  19. That looks like the prettiest food picture I have seen.

  20. Dhokla looks perfect with the green chutney!

  21. Dhokla looks perfect with the green chutney!

  22. Looks great and delicious. Nice click.

  23. super soft & fluffy khaman dhokla :)

  24. Wow! gorgeous pics! Looks perfect!

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  26. Wow! this looks tasty and attractive too..

    Will work on this.. I think all are competing for this dhokla event...

    Good work..

  27. Soft, spongy and perfect Dhokla. Nice poornima.

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  29. Dhoklas have come out really nice the colour of the green chutney..:)


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