Khaman Dhokla

by Anita Agarkar

Total Time

  • Prep: 35 min


  • 1-1/2 cups besan (Gram flour)
  • 2 tablespoons Sooji (rava, Semolina)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Citric acid
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups water use as needed to make pouring consistency
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Eno (fruit Salt)

For Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds (til)
  • 4-5 curry leaves optional
  • 2 green chili seeded and cut into 4 length wise

Utensils to steam Dhokla

  • Covered pan large enough to hold round cake rack
  • Round cake-cooling rack
  • Round 9” cake pan


Sift the besan, and make batter should be smooth and pouring consistency. Add all the ingredients except the ENO to the batter sooji, salt, sugar, asafetida, ginger, citric acid and green chili, mix it well, if needed add little more water. Set aside. We will add the ENO just before steaming.

Grease the cake pan and set aside.

Set the cake rack in the pan. Add water, just enough to touch the cake rack, and bring to a boil. This will be used to steam the dhokla.

When the water boils, turn down the heat to medium.

Add the ENO to the batter and beat the batter for a minute, batter will become airy and frothy. Quickly pour batter into a greased cake pan. Place the cake pan into the saucepan over the cake rack. Cover the pan. Steam for about 8 minutes on medium heat. Do not open the pen in between.

Check Dhokla with a knife. If the knife comes out clean, dhokla is ready. Turn off the heat and let it sit over the stem for 4-5 minutes covered.

Prepare the seasoning

Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat moderately. Add mustard seeds, and sesame seeds stir for 3-4 seconds, add green chili stir and curry leaves, stir for few seconds. Cover the pan and turn off the heat. Careful curry leaves will splatter.

First drizzle the hot water over dhokla this will keep the dhokla moist. Then drizzle the seasoning over.

Cut them in squares.

Serve with Hari cilantro chutney. Taste best when it is served warm.

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