Jul 31, 2009

Khaman Dhokla for Indian Cooking Challenge!

Khaman Dhokla is a traditional Gujrati snack and can also be served as a n appetizer. It is a steamed savoury cake made with besan/chickpea flour topped with a mild seasoning. I would also call this as a nutritious guilt-free snack since it is steamed and not deep-fried. 

There are umpteen number of ways to prepare dhola and I made this folowing Srivalli's recipe for the Indian Cooking Challenge. Am really happy to be a part of this challenging event. Since I would have never ventured to make dhoklas if not for this event. Also, do check out our previous trial challenge-rava laddoos!

I followed the recipe exactly as given by Valli, I skipped the coconut garnish since I did not have them at home.

Ingredients (Makes 20 medium sized pieces)

For the batter
Bengal Gram flour / Besan - 250 gms (1 & 1/2 cup)
Curd - 1/2 cup (not very sour)
Water - 1/2 cup
Cooking Soda - 1/2 teaspoon

For seasoning to be mixed to the batter (to be added just before cooking)
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
Green chillies - 2 chopped finely
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon

Eno - 1 packet (green colour fruit lime) 

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

Little water + Oil to be topped on dhoklas


Mix the curd and water. To this add the besan and mix well. The consistency of the batter should be like idly batter. Add the cooking soda and keep it aside to rise for 1 hour.

If you are using a pressure cooker, fill the pan with water, place a plate over which you will have use a plate for steaming the dhoklas.

To the batter mix in the lemon juice, oil, salt, sugar, chopped green chilies and turmeric powder and mix well. This has to be done just before pouring to the plate.

Meanwhile when the water reaches the rolling stage in the pressure cooker/kadai, mix the eno to the batter (Save little of eno for dusting on the plate). Bubbles wil start 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. Do 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.

Check with a fork if it is well cooked. Close with a lid and allow it to stand for a minute. In a bowl, mix 3 teaspoons of water along with 1 teaspoon of oil. 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.  Once they start spluttering, remove the seasoning from the stove and pour it on top of 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.

Slice and serve with some green chutney!

Sending this Steamed Treats hosted by Shrutei.
My other entries for the event-Ragi puttu and Sweet Puttu


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  1. Hi Dhivya, thanks for the comment on the sambhar. These dhoklas have turned out so well, I love these.

  2. It's been raining khamans today :) Looks spongy and delicious, Divya!

  3. I love the third picture, such vibrant colors and such perfect dhokla!

  4. OO! mouth watering and looks super yum

  5. Perfect Dhoklas Divya :) So soft and spongy!

  6. Nice dhokla & nice pics as usual.
    Check out mine too!
    Hey Divya, where is the post on kreativ blogger award?
    Waiting to know abt you :D
    Got busy?

  7. Thanx Divya! Never mind. Take your time. was jus pulling ur leg.Trying to rag you which I missed in college ;)Good luck for your exams.

  8. Hi, these dhokla's looks soft and yummy..

  9. Looks nice da..too much of Dhokla's everywhere is tempting me to cook it right away..:)

  10. Lovely clicks and dhoklas have come out well. Appreciate your efforts to make it inspite of your exam schedule.

  11. Divya..looks super fluffy!..great..

  12. They look really yummy n fluffy..nice click too..

  13. Divya,looks mindblowing..even i didnt use coconut..

  14. Khaman looks perfect spongy and soft....

  15. Your dhoklas look great! Very light :) Must have tasted amazing!!

  16. I'm seeing these all over and it's making me hungry, looks good!

  17. Dhokla looks yumm...one of my fav snacks.

  18. Nice pics, Divya and dhoklas look so soft & spongy...lovely

  19. i love dokla very much...nice recipe dear

  20. these look so soft and yummy. My husband is a gujrati, but I still dont make it frm scratch. usually use the gits ka packet. these look perfect.

  21. Dhokla is the ultimate light snack. Being steamed, so you feel positively virtuous when you eat it! Nice pictures. I have some pictures on my blog of dhokla, if you are interested: http://mangosoup.blogspot.com/2009/08/khaman-dhokla.html


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