Monday, January 9, 2012

Dhokla Recipe-Instant Dhokla Recipe and Green Chutney

Khaman Dhokla is a famous Gujarati dish which can be had as a snack or even as a breakfast with green chutney or  sweet tamarind chutney. Traditionally Gujaratis prepare Khamon dokla by soaking rice, urad dal and channa dal for 8 hours, then they grind it, ferment it for another 8 hours and then steam it. But I have prepared dhokla with besan and this is an instant version of dhokla which you can prepare in a matter of 15 minutes.Today let us learn how to make Instant dhokla and Green chutney following this easy dokla recipe.

Instant Dhokla-Khaman dhokla



 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategoryTea Time Snacks
 Recipe CuisineGujarathi

   Ingredients needed

   Besan - 1 cup (bengal gram flour/kadalai mavu)
   Rava/Sooji - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Sugar - 3 tsp or as per taste (powdered)
   Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Ginger-green chilli paste -1 tsp
   Salt as required
   Eno Fruit salt - 1 1/4 tsp

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
   Hing - a generous pinch
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   White sesame seeds/til - 2 1/2 tsp
   Water - 1/3 cup

   For Garnishing

   Grated coconut as needed
   Coriander leaves - as needed (finely chopped)


Grease the tray/tin in which you are going to steam dhokla with oil. I used a 6 inch square cake tin with 2 inches depth.

how to make instant dhokla

Bring water to rolling boil and keep everything ready for steaming as you have to steam immediately after adding the fruit salt. Place a stand inside the steamer. You will be placing the tray/tin on top of this stand.


In a bowl, mix besan/kadalai mavu and sooji.

Gujarathi Dhokla

Add powdered sugar,  turmeric powder.

Instant khaman dhokla

 Add ginger-green chilli paste, oil and salt needed.

how to make khaman dhokla

Add lemon juice.

quick and easy dhokla recipe

First add little water and mix well like a paste. Make sure there are no lumps.

Then add more water. The dokla batter should be neither thick nor thin but should be of dropping consistency. Adjust sweetness and sourness according to your taste. (I added approximately 3/4 cup of water in total. This is just for you to get an idea)

Now add fruit salt/eno and mix briskly. Pour the batter into the greased tray and place it on the stand kept inside the steamer. (use only plain eno, not flavored ones)

how to make instant dhokla

Steam for 15 minutes or until cooked. (you should steam immediately after adding fruit salt)

Instant khaman dhokla recipe

Insert a toothpick or fork in the center of the dhokla, if it comes out clean, the dhokla is done.

easy instant dhokla

Once cooked, let it cool a little, then invert it on a plate. With a sharp knife, cut the dhokla but do not remove the pieces.

See the picture below - It has come out beautifully, so soft and spongy!

spongy dhokla

Preparing tadka -

Heat a tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing, green chillies and sesame seeds. After that switch off the flame. Let it cool for 2 seconds, then add 1/3 cup water to the seasoning. Now pour the tadka with the water evenly over the dhokla and in between the cuts (We add water to get soft and spongy dhokla). Let the dhokla absorb the water.

tadka for dhokla

Garnish with freshly grated coconut and coriander leaves.

Remove the pieces on a serving plate and enjoy with green chutney.

easy dhokla recipe

Instant dhokla with tea-tea time snack
Spongy Dhokla with Tea 
Green chutney recipe

Coriander leaves - 1 bunch
Mint /Pudina - 1/2 a  bunch
Green chilli - 2-3
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Gram dal/pottukadalai - 1 tsp
Salt as required
Lemon juice - 2 tsp

For the seasoning

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp


Grind everything together to a fine paste with cold water. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add the seasoning to the chutney. Serve it as a side dish for dhokla.

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, until then it is bye from Padhu of


  1. Wish to have some dhoklas rite now..lovely dish.

  2. soft and spongy dhokla..perfectly done..

  3. Perfect texture, perfect sponge and perfect color!!
    That's called 'Dhokla Kamaal'. :)

  4. you wont believe, but dhokla is my favorite dish when I have chappati and dhokla as a choice ;)

    I will ask amma to try this. Nice preparation Padhu... hey! I came to know today that your name is Padma, was thinking your name is Padhu... :)

  5. Great recipe dear..:)) Lovely..

  6. I love this..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering


  7. Woww.. .mouth watering here.. looks absolutely delicious and perfect.. thanks for the wonderful recipe dear..

  8. Dear Padhu, your recipes are very refreshing..can you tell me how to carry out steaming process?

  9. If we dont have fruit salt what is the substitute which we can use akka

  10. Fantastic recipe! I've never been able to make Dhoklas before, this recipe has all the little instructions that people never give you. My mom and I have both learnt to make our fave Gujarati breakfast at home now - many thanks to you, Padhu :)

  11. Dear Padhu I have been checking this blog from quite sometime and have successfully attempted few recipes however this one was failure as my dhokla was nor cooked also got flattened...please advice

    1. As I was not with you,I do not know where you went wrong. For dhokla - the water should be boiling in the steamer, only after that you have to add eno to the batter and then steam immediately otherwise the dhokla will be flattened.

  12. Hi thanks for the recipe..I have a question.. If I wanna make preplanned dokhla as I wanna skip eno ,how should I make it ??

    1. You cannot skip eno for this recipe. In traditional method where you soak dal and grind like idli dosa batter, you don't need eno.


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