Desserts Recipes

Traditional Gujarati Khaman Dhokla


Dhokla is a savoury cake made out of Bengal gram flour and is steamed to get a fluffy texture. The dish occupies pride of place in its state of origin — Gujarat, and has become a favourite across the country. It’s a low-calorie, healthy and protein-packed snack. It’s cooked with little or no oil and takes very little time to prepare. The fermentation of the flour enhances its nutritive value. Dhokla has a low glycemic index which makes it good for diabetics. Here are a few dhokla recipes and a tasty variation on the regular one.

Dhokla or Dhokra is a vegetarian food item that originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. It is made with a fermented batter derived from rice and chickpea splits. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish or as a snack.


  • 1 cup Gram Flour
  • 1/2 cup Curd
  • 1 PInch Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Chopped Green Chili
  • 4 Green Chillies (Mark a cut in between them)
  • 2 Inch Grated Ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Fruit Salt (ENO)
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1-1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 20 Leaves Curry Leaves
  • 1-1/4 Cup Water (1/4 cup for making batter & 1 cup for seasoning)

Dhokla Recipe

  1. Take a bowl, add gram flour and curd gradually. Mix it well.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix well again. Keep aside the bowl for 4 hours to ferment. This step is optional.
  3. You can even use the Gram Flour straightaway without waiting for 4 hours.
  4. Transfer it to a bowl, add 1 Tbsp of oil, Salt, Turmeric, finely chopped green chillies, grated ginger and 1 tsp of sugar and mix well.
  5. Take aluminum bowl. Grease it with oil completely. So that batter will not stick on it. Keep the bowl aside.
  6. Add 1 tsp of fruit salt (ENO) in the batter and mix well.
  7. Batter is now fluffy and soft. Mix well and transfer it to a greased aluminum bowl.
  8. Fill 25% of pressure cooker with water and place 1 small half filled bowl inside it.
  9. Place the dhokla aluminum bowl above the small bowl and cover the lid of the pressure cooker (do not put weight. whistle on the lid.
  10. Keep the stove on high flame and steam the Dhokla for 25 min..
  11. Dhokla is ready, take it out in a plate.
  12. Separate the Dhokla from the corners of the bowl, with the help of a knife.
  13. Take it out in a plate. Cut it in pieces and keep it aside.
  14. Now we will prepare tadka for our delicious Dhokla. Heat 1/2 tbsp of oil in a pan.
  15. Add mustard seeds. Add curry leaves and green chilies.
  16. Cook on low flame. Add 1 cup of water.
  17. After mixing well, add 1/2 tsp of sugar and chopped coriander leaves.
  18. Cook on high flame for about 2min.
  19. Spread the prepared green chili mixture on the dhokla pieces.
Dhokla Recipe
Dhokla Recipe