dhokla recipe


 2 servings<br>

Total time

30 minutes




Dhokla is a famous food that is a baked savoury cake-like dish using rice dough of beans and grains. As soon as the dough is baked, it is seasoned with spices and curry leaves. The Dhokla Recipe is garnished with coconut, scraped sesame seeds, and cilantro.

Plain Dhokla – what exactly is it?

Are you a fan of Dhokla, the puffy golden snacks with sweet and savoury flavours? Dhokla, a traditional Gujarati dish that you can consume at any time. Dhokla Recipe is a popular Gujarati dish made with besan or chickpea flour, therefore also known as Khaman Dhokla. 

Here’s how to make Dhokla Recipe on your own

Course and Cuisine –Breakfast/Gujarat

Diet – Vegetarian


  • One cup gram flour or besan

  • One tablespoon white oil 

  • One teaspoon sugar 

  • One teaspoon salt

  • One teaspoon ground mustard seeds 

  • 3/4th  cup of plain water

  • One tbsp. fresh lime juice

  • Bicarbonate of soda (around 3/4 teaspoon)

  • For garnishing
  • 10-15 curry leaves

  • Four thinly chopped green chillies

  • One tablespoon of coconut flour

  • A fistful of cilantro leaves


  • Khaman Dhokla Recipe Preparation
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until they are well combined (gram flour, salt, water, lemon juice, baking soda).
  • All ingredients should be thoroughly mixed. Before using the batter, it should be fermented for 1-2 hours. 
  • Fill a steamer halfway with boiling water and cover it with cooking oil to prevent it from sticking.
  • While still hot, steam for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • Insert a knife into the centre of the Dhokla and remove it, to check whether the Dhokla is ready or not. 
  • Cut it into squares after it has cooled.
  • For tempering
  • Heat a pan filled with oil to a medium temperature mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chillies, which have been sliced vertically, should be stirred in to ensure that everything is well-mixed 
  • Fill a small pot with 1/2 cup of water and boil it on the stovetop. 
  • Reduce the heat to low, squeeze in half a lemon, and mix the sugar and coriander leaves until well combined. 
  • You can add finely chopped green chillies to the mix if you want the meal to be spicier. 
  • To finish cooking the Dhokla, turn off the heat and drizzle a thin layer of tempering. 

Serve Traditional Dhokla Recipe Differently!

Along with green coriander chutney, you can flavour your Dhokla meal. Pair with a nice cup of tea and some Khaman Dhokla and Halwa to make your evening snack-time more enjoyable!

Making Dhokla Recipe like a pro

  • Whisk the Dhokla batter for few minutes to include ventilation. It will contribute to the Dhokla being light and airy. Do this before adding the baking soda or sodium bicarbonate.
  • If the mixture becomes frothy, do not continue to beat it. It should have a dense texture.
  • Only use Eno (fruit salt) while mixing the mix. You may replace the bicarbonate of soda and lime juice in the recipe.
  • Dhokla is often dry because chickpea flour has a high amount of protein, which makes it more dehydrated when combined with water.
  • Ensure the steamer has been warmed for at least 5 minutes before filling the dishes with batter; otherwise, the Dhokla will take longer to cook and not be as fluffy as you would want.


The Dhokla Recipe by fermenting chickpea flour as a snack became commonplace and customary for the past several decades. It is an appetiser or brunch dish. This Besan Dhokla Recipe is a sweet and savoury mix of Gujarati cuisine based on Western Indian cuisine. Follow this easy dhokla recipe to make the dhokla recipe at home. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Why is it that the Dhokla isn’t always soft?

Inadequate batter texture, long periods without steaming the mixture after adding the Eno (fruit salt), or halting steam mid-process are all reasons why Dhokla does not have appropriate uniformity.

  • Why does Dhokla sometimes have an unpleasant taste?

If you use too much baking powder, the dhokla will taste bitter. To avoid an unpleasant aftertaste, use this only in the quantities specified in Dhokla Ingredients combined with an acid.

  • What is Dhokla’s best leavening agent?

This combination of Eno and citric acid yields the best results. Eno with lemon/lime juice also works well as a substitute, but the rising and fluffy consistency are somewhat different.

  • What is the source of the amber-hued dots on Dhokla?

The amber streaks in the Dhokla may be produced by sodium bicarbonate interacting with turmeric.

  • Does dhokla for weight loss works?

Since the Dhokla recipe is made from besan, it’s a good protein intake source and works wonders when included in your diet for weight loss.