Monday, November 25, 2013

Dhokla Recipe - Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Dhokla Recipe
Dhokla is a popular Gujarati snack made traditionally with bengal gram lentil but now for convenience and instant version we use besan flour. The texture is so soft and spongy and with no doubt looks very appealing to eat. I always had a mind block to try dhokla as my behind thoughts always had so many questions....will it turn out good, will it come out clean from the tray or will it be sticky and messy......But PJ persuaded me to try it and I should say it came out clean and perfect and that's why I wanted to record it here.

Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish or even as a snack.It tastes great with green chutney....I made this dhokla about 3-4 months before even before diwali but somehow missed to post it...So with no further delay lets get on to learn how to make dhokla.
Dhokla Recipe

Dhokla Recipe - IngredientsDhokla Recipe

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 3
Recipe Category: Breakfast / Snack | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian| Recipe Reference: Foodviva

Gram Flour (Besan/Chickpea Flour) - 1 cup
Rava(Sooji) - 1 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1.5 tsp
Eno Fruit Salt (Plain) - 1 tsp
Green Chilli-Ginger - 1 tsp crushed
Water - 3/4 cup (adjust according to consistency)
Curd (yogurt) - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1 tsp for greasing
Salt - to taste
Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
Fresh Coconut - 1 tbsp grated

To Temper :

Oil - 1.5 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds  - 1/2 tsp
Sesame Seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chillies - 2
Asafoetida (hing) - a pinch

Method:

  1. Grind green chillies and ginger together to a coarse paste.In a mixing bowl - take besan flour, rava,salt,ginger green chilli paste and curd mix well.
    Dhokla Recipe - Step1
  2. Then add water to make it to pouring consistency.Make sure there is no lumps formed.Add lemon juice.Finally add eno fruit salt it will bubble up as soon as eno is added. Mix well.
    Dhokla Recipe - Step2
  3. Grease the tray with little oil and pour the batter to 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness. In idly steamer pour water at the bottom say 1- 1.5 cups then place the tray on it.Steam it for 10-12 mins.Carefully open and check the doneness by inserting the toothpick in the center...If it comes out clean then its done.If its still sticky then steam for few more mins.
    Dhokla Recipe - Step3
  4. Cool down for 5mins, then slightly scrap the sides then invert it...it will come out clean.Then heat oil and temper the items listed under 'to temper' and transfer the tempering to dhokla.Finally garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.Cut into squares and serve.
    Dhokla Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with green chutney as a teatime snack!
Dhokla Recipe

My Notes:

  • Make sure you get only plain eno fruit salt as there are many flavours available too.
  • After eno fruit salt is added dont rest the batter for long...only 5-10 mins resting time is ok not more than that.
  • Steam it only in medium low flame so that it gets cooked inside also.
  • You can add a tiny pinch of turmeric powder for extra bright yellow color.
  • While tempering dont skip sesame seeds it gives a nice crunch while eating.
  • You can even add 1/2 cup water with 1 tbsp sugar and bring it to boil then sprinkle it over the dhoklas to make it moist then transfer the tempering.
  • I didnt have any thali plate of the required size so used my square baking tray to steam the dhokla.
Dhokla Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

40 comments:

  1. sharmi.. romba thick consistency, + spoongy... Nenga ellam yosikalama dhokla correcta varuma varadhanu.. u are a great cook

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  2. pouring consistency means idly batter consistency?

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  3. Yummy dhoklas, made very well and the last click is so tempting..

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  4. what is a Eno Fruit Salt? Can u tell it's name in tamil?

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  5. Looks so good. Vil try soon...

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  6. What if your idli vessel is too small to fit the dhokla tray?

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  7. Wow...looks yummy..great shots...bookmarked..will try it n let u know
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  8. Love the texture...looks yummy..bookmarked and will let it u know once I try it:))
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  9. Yummy dhokla. So well prepared.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. this is so simple !!
    m gonna try it :)
    thnks for d recipe !!!!!

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  11. Awesome and delicious to look at Dhokla curry. Excellent pics as well.
    Deepa

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  12. Hi Sharmilee, Thanks for your eggless chocolate cake recipe, followed it fully, turned out perfectly moist yummy chocolate cake. I could not believe I baked it!
    Your Dhokala, looks great spongy. I have made it many times so if you don't mind giving a suggestion. To the dhokala tampering you can add kadi patta leaves, it tastes very nice. Also can use sytric acid instead of lemon juice/curd.

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  13. hey..i hav tried it ..exactly same..bt..i kept d batter for overnight n added eno in d morning n made...bt it dint bcum fluffy..it was hard as a stone.den hw cum makking immidiately after mixing wud work? wat shud be dun?

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    1. Please read 'my notes' section. The batter should not be rested at all....as soon as its prepared you should steam it.

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  14. ACTUALLY waiting for this recipe to get posted since few days. trying it from 2 days but not getting the fluffiness...well fingers crossed for this one!!

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  15. Wat can v use in alternate to Eno salt...

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    1. You can use baking soda but the texture will sure vary

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  16. hi lovely pics.... yummy n delicious..... have a doubt..... i dont have a baking tray any other options for that.... pls let me know....

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    1. You can use any eversilver container that will hold the batter and fits inside your steamer / pressure cooker

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  17. I loved the idea of steaming in tray. And loved the set up too

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  18. Just awesome..looks perfect...love the 2nd click...very tempting...

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  19. Lovely!!! I can have this plate anytime of the day... :)

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  20. your incredible pics shows the perfectness....
    can i skip Eno salt n use normal salt??,will der any change in taste n texture?

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    1. Yes eno fruit salt is the main ingredient which gives the spongy texture...may be you can try cooking soda instead but cant guarantee on the texture

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    2. hope baking soda works...thanku for substitute

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  21. Looks so good Sharmi! You just made me hungry right after lunch!!!

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  22. I always make Dhoklas from the MTR dhokla mix. Thank you for this... I would love to prepare from scratch - never knew that preparing from scratch would result in such fluffy dhoklas

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  23. Can you please let me know where you got this idli steamer from-Thanks Saroj

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  24. Can you please let me know where you got the idli steamer from=Thank you=Ssaroj Ganehs

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  25. This is best recipe I ever read. Thanks for Sharing this Wonderful Recipe with us.Try this recipe with our Advanced Multi Shaped Infinity Idli Plates today.

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  26. Mam, how long can I store this dhokla in shelf and refrigerator ?

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    1. I am really not sure of shelf life but guess it will stay for 2 days if refrigerated

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  27. Hi sharmi.. Made these today with baking soda.. Came out with the same spongy texture :)

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