Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Khaman Dhokla

This is a traditional Gujurati recipe.....Though i heard a lot about this but never tried...So when i googled it,
Khaman Dhokla is bursting out of many blogs because of the popularity. I followed Tarla Dalal’s recipe. Making few changes to suit .


1 cup Bengal gram flour (besan / senagapindi)
11/2 Tablespoons semolina ( sooji)
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
A big pinch of asafetida / hing
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp green chilli and ginger paste (I added ¼ tsp red chilli powder and ½ tsp ginger paste)
1 ½ tsp Eno

For the tadka / tempering:

1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of asafetida
A few curry leaves
2 chopped green chillies
¼ cup water
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar


1-2 Tbs chopped fresh coriander leaves


Heat 1 cup water till warm, turn off the heat.
Add all the ingredients except the eno , gram flour and semolina.
Mix till the sugar is dissolved.
Add the gram flour and semolina and mix in one direction till there are no lumps .
Pour water into a pressure cooker / steamer and heat till boiling point, place a metal ring to allow you to place the cooking vessel in such a way that the bubbling water does not enter it.
Grease a metal dish (preferably not deeper than 2-3 inches) and set aside.
Add the eno to the flour mix and quickly mix a few times in the same direction. Do not overmix.
Pour this batter into the metal greased bowl.
Place in the steamer / cooker, steam for about 15-18 minutes or till a skewer or knife comes out clean.
In a small pan, heat the oil, splutter the mustard seeds, put in the green chillies and curry leaves and fry for a couple of seconds till the chillies are seared.
Add the salt, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Pour this over the dhokla.
Wait for the dhokla to cool a bit before cutting into bite sized pieces.
I didn’t wait the first time and it crumbled! So hav patience.. ;-P
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve warm or at room temperature, with chutney of choice.

The Tarla Dalal recipe is for the microwave, I made the same thing and steamed it in the pressure cooker without a whistle for 15-18 minutes.

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