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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rava Dhokla-Instant Sooji Dhokla Recipe-How to make Suji ka Dhokla

Dhokla is a very popular Gujarati (steamed) snack prepared with besan flour. This dhokla is prepared with sooji or semolina. I have added grated carrot to make it more healthy. You can add cooked and mashed green peas, finely chopped steamed mixed vegetables etc as per your preferences. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast or as a snack. Today we will learn how to prepare Instant Rava Dhokla following this easy recipe.

Instant Rava Dhokla

How to make Instant Rava Dhokla

Prep time - under 5 mins
Cook time -under 20 mins
Serves - 4

Ingredients needed

Rava/sooji/semolina - 1 cup (I used ordinary white rava)
Curd - 1 cup
Ginger-green chilli paste - 1-1 1/4 tsp
Lemon Juice -2 tsp
Grated carrot -1/4 cup
Turmeric - a pinch
Water -1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Salt needed

Plate or pan approximately 7- 8 inches in diameter-height 1 1/2 inch
Oil - 1 tsp for greasing the plate or pan

For the seasoning

Oil -1 tbsp
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
Water -1 tbsp

Eno fruit salt - 1 1/4 tsp (plain or lemon flavor)

Final top up seasoning

Mustard seeds -1 tsp
White sesame seeds -2 tsp
Curry leaves -few tender ones
Water -2 tbsp

For garnishing

Fresh grated coconut
Finely chopped coriander leaves


Grease the tray and keep it ready.


In a bowl, mix together  rava, curd, ginger green chilli paste, turmeric powder, lemon juice, grated carrot, salt, sugar and water to make a smooth and slightly thick batter.

Mix well and let it sit for 40-45 minutes.

Rava Dhokla batter

 After 45 minutes 

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, hing, when mustard splutters, switch off the flame, add 1 tbsp of water and then pour the seasoning over the batter and mix well. The reason for adding water to the tempering is to get soft dhoklas.

Heat water in a steamer, when water starts boiling, add Eno to the dhokla batter, mix gently, transfer the batter to the greased plate immediately and steam for 15 minutes or until it is cooked. Let it cool a little. 

adding eno to dhokla batter

Run a knife around the corners of the plate/pan and invert the dhokla (see picture below). Then invert it back again and cut it into equal sized pieces. Cut only after it cools a little.

Heat oil in a kadai/pan, add mustard seeds, sesame seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves and switch off the flame. Add 2 tbsp of water and pour seasoning evenly all over the dhokla.

Sooji ka dhokla

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and freshly grated coconut.

Serve hot with green chutney or coriander chutney or any chutney of your choice.

Note - Use slightly sour curd.

Once you add Eno fruit salt, you should steam the batter immediately.

Check out my besan dhokla and more steamed dishes

Instant Khaman Dhokla 



Upma Kozhukattai  (Steamed rice balls)

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  1. Delicious looking dhoklas. Look so tempting.

  2. I like Gujarati Dhokla very much. I will try this instant one.

  3. WOW. You make the recipes look so healthy & Yummy. Thks So Much.

  4. Hi padhu, this recipe s nice.heard about dhoklas, but never tried. Wanna try this.can we do this without eno salt.? Why do we use tat here?

  5. JPS -Eno is added to give softness and sponginess to the dhokla. It is harmless but if you do not want to add it you can try it with baking soda.

  6. padhu if we make with baking soda ill it be soft as like eno

  7. Saran shalu- If you add baking powder and hot oil,it will come soft to some extent. You can try it and give me your feedback.

  8. This is very similar to rava idli. Rava idlis are made in the same fashion except that they are cooked in idli vessels.

  9. I tried this recipe and it came out very good..Instead of grated carrot i used grated bottle gourd


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