Friday, July 31, 2009

Khaman Dhokla for Indian Cooking Challenge

Dhokla reminds me of a very funny incident which happened few years back.My aunt Lm made the Dhokla once,keenly following a recipe from her favourite cookery show and gave it to my uncle when he came back from work.One bite into it and he said-Its very tasty but don’t make it again.Which pretty much sums up how it turned out.

Whenever someone talked about Dhokla,the first thing which came to my mind was this.I was very biased and couldn’t imagine eating Besan idlies,as I use to call them.While going through the long list prepared by Srivalli for choices for the Indian Cooking Challenge,I hoped no one would vote for it so that I’d be spared from making it.But no luck,imagine,my least favourite was everyone else’s most favourite.Hmm..!!

I kept postponing making it because I wondered who would volunteer to eat it as both of us have the same feeling towards it.Srivalli suggested making it in a small cup.I set about making it finally thinking let me try making it at least,if not eating.

The recipe is foolproof,I can assure.Every step is explained in detail and you really can’t go wrong if you follow the recipe.[Unless you are like me,who saw that grated coconut was required for the tadka,but forgot all about it and put all of the coconut into the chutney!!]Other than that,no problem at all.

To be honest,I was impressed with the soft and spongy Dhoklas.Stayed moist even after few hours.I refrigerated some and Microwaved it later,still good.So all in all,a good recipe though it will take me a while to actually looooove it:)

Khaman Dhokla

Recipe adapted from Srivalli for Indian Cooking Challenge


For Batter:

Bengal Gram flour / Besan - 250 gms (1 ½
Curd – ½
cup (not very sour)
Water – ½ cup
Cooking Soda – ½

For seasoning to be mixed to the batter (to be added just before cooking)

Oil - 1 tbsp
Turmeric a pinch
Green Chilli paste - 1 - 2 long (as per taste)-I added 1 finely chopped green chilly
Sugar - 1 tsp
Citric acid – ¼

Eno - 1 packet (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

Method to prepare:

Mix ½
cup curds with ½ cup water.

To this add the besan and mix well to get a lump-free batter, the consistency should be of idli batter, more of dropping not pouring consistency. Slowly add more water if needed else, add the soda.

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. Thali plate can be used for steaming.[I used a regular steamer and used my 8’cake pan]

To the batter,mix in the citric acid, oil, salt, sugar, green chili paste and turmeric powder. Mix well. This has to be done just before pouring to the plate.

Meanwhile have the pan on stove, 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 for 5 minutes.

In a bowl, mix 3 tsp 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 ½
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 plate tilted over it.

Green chutney

Green chilli - 4-5 no
Coconut - 4- 5 pieces
Coriander - bunch
Few mint leaves
Cumin seeds – ½
Lime -1 big
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.


  1. always wanted to try but was too chicken to join the challenge :)

  2. HEy DiVya,
    Saw the Khaman making prominent appearence in most of the blogs :) good's time that I make some at home. LOL...ur aunts incident was cweet :) I've faced the same situation for many of my preparations too ;)
    Enjoy the weekend!
    Continue to inspire!

  3. dhokla looks perfect and so soft...must be very delicious as well...must try it soon

  4. I too love to try dhoklas for a long time,soon i should,looks very nice!

    Your pics speak the texture of the dhoklas!!

  5. hmm u guys are rocking with the challenges...somehow hesitating to join..dhokla looks yummy..loved that cake shaped one..

  6. The dhoklas look perfect and spongy!

  7. I agree enjoying dhoklas is an acquired taste. The first time I tasted in Bombay, I didnot quite like it. Liked your spirit to try it.

    Yours have come out well.

  8. I am not a huge fan of Dhokla...but yours look tempting enough! :)

  9. dhaoklas look perfect, divya..recipe is so foolproof, it has to be perfect

  10. Wow looks beautiful Divya...:)..Glad you joined us in the fun!

  11. Looks yum...I've tried making dhokla before I landed in the land of you get awesome ones at every corner, so I dont bother making it...Tried the sandwich dhokla anytime ? Its yummm...

  12. love how you cut it diagonally!

  13. LOL at the little anecdote :-))

  14. Wow!..did it come out Moist for you??
    It was spongy, but dry and a bit hard for the first time, I attempted..made some changes and came out perfect!

    Divya,your Pics speak abt the texture!:)

  15. How can you resist having that one Divya ? looks so professional and soft..great garnish too !!

  16. mouthwatering picture!! looks good.

  17. they do look perfect, u will get used to it, its easy to make when u are expecting guests so i actually voted for it.

  18. dhokla looks yummy and perfect.Nice entry

  19. Divya,Dhokla looks spongy and perfect..Superb clicks!!

  20. Nice pictures divya.. I too was one among those who voted for dhokla.. :-)

  21. I steamed mine in idli moulds, so I truly made besan idlis :)

  22. dhoklas looks perfect...fluffy & spongy..

  23. yummy dhoklas divya..
    could not make them as I couldnt get hold of ENO here.pchhh...missed it ths month although I wanted to try it badly.
    Yours came out very well.

  24. ohhh your dhoklas came out so soft and perfect Divya great presentation too.

  25. Have come out perfect. Love those diamond pieces.

  26. I ate Dokhla from one of my Gujju fren nd it was tasty........So soft nd nice..........I have a doubt tht my hubby wud leave back a word like ur uncle even though it wud be gud but must try i feel....

  27. Dhoklas look soft and fluffy......perfect tea time snack

  28. I prepared dhoklas and gave to my friend, but unlike your uncle he said.. please give me more..

    He is a petu and hungry, eater... ha ha.. kidding :D

    Your dhoklas look awsome. Like the suggestions I given to others making dhokla... try it with sauss and at last a suggestion to the starters...

    Please dont try it at home. This dish is been prepared by people experienced at it for years...

    Preparing without caution would lead to a stomach problem...

    Stomach problems are injurious to health....

    Nice weekend

  29. Wow! I love dhoklas, but the white ones!! Yours certainly look delicious, can totally understand why everyone loved it!!

  30. Dhoklas have come out incredibly moist divya, fabulous!

  31. lots of ingredients, but the method doesnt seem that difficult to follow! this needs to be tried out on a weekend.. when i have lots of time to refer-cook-refer!:)
    it looks great, im sure it tasted even better!

  32. Looks great... I need to get that Eno salt. Do we get it in stores here?

  33. wooo soft and fluffy dhoklas...looks tempting..

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  35. hello,

    i would like to try... but can we substitute eno fruit salt with anything if not readily available at home?? just a doubt wanted to clear... coz instant dhokla to be made at home sometimes...


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