Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Khaman Dhokla in Microwave

Few days back my Sister-In-Law who happens to be the first follower on my Facebook page requested me for the recipe of Dhokla. Since we are in the mid of winter so I did not get chance to make the batter and ferment it. So I came up with this no ferment and instant recipe which can be made with just a blink of your eye. 

Dhokla is a soft, fluffy melt in mouth savory cake made from Gram flour (Besan). It is a very popular snack which originated in the western state of India i.e. Gujarat. However these days it can be found across India.

It is a dish which has undergone many disasters in my kitchen. But soon I realized making a perfect dhokla is not a rocket science. All you need to have is the right proportions of the ingredients and VOILA you are ready with one of the softest food items ever.

My Mom makes the best dhokla I have ever had. She's also known as "Dhokla Aunty" in her neighborhood. The texture and flavors she gets every time is  just incredible. 

There are many variations of dhokla. The traditional recipe calls for rice and urad daal (lentil). But here I'm going to share an instant version made with gram flour (besan). It is perfect for your tea time or when you have unexpected guests at your home.

So let's get started:


1. Gram Flour (Besan): 1 cup
2. Semolina (Sooji): 1/2 cup
3. Yogurt (well beaten): 1/2 cup
4. Ginger paste: 1 tbsp
5. Chili paste: 1 tsp
6. Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
7. Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp
8. Eno: 1 sachet (1 tbsp)
9. Oil: 2 tbsp
10. Salt to taste
11. Water: 1/2 cup
12. Mustard Seeds: 1 tbsp
13. Green Chili (slited): 3-4
14. Curry Leaves: 8-10
15. Cilantro (chopped) for garnishing
16. Coconut (shredded) for garnishing


1. In a deep bowl mix the gram flour with semolina, salt, turmeric and asafoetida.

2. Add beaten yogurt in the flour mixture and make a lump free batter by adding few drops of water at a time. The consistency of the batter should not be very thick not too pouring.

3. Now add the chili and ginger paste. Give it a nice mix and let it rest for 15 mins.

4. In the meanwhile take a microwave safe bowl and grease it with oil. The bowl should not be very big otherwise the dhoklas won't rise. (Try to take a square bowl).

5. In a small bowl take a tbsp of oil and add Eno to it. Mix well and immediately add it to the batter. Give it a nice mix.

6. Pour the batter into the microwave save bowl. Don't fill the bowl completely as there should be space left for the batter to rise.

7. Now put the bowl into the microwave on high heat for 4-5 mins. Since microwave power varies so after 4 mins take out the dhoklas and insert a knife to check whether its done or not. If the knife is clean you are good to go else again microwave it for a minute.

8. Take out the dhoklas and let it cool down.

9. Take a small pan and heat a tbsp of oil on medium heat. When the oil is hot enough add the mustard seeds and let it crackle.

10. Add the curry leaves, green chilies and a pinch of salt. Turn off the heat and put this tempering on the dhoklas.

11. Cut them into desired shapes and garnish them with chopped cilantro and shredded coconut.

12. Enjoy.


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  1. Dhokla is my fav dish. I just love to eat that but to be honest I have never tried making the same at home as I did not have that much confidence to try alone. But the recipe and the process u have mentioned seems to be easy and this time m surely going to prepare.

    1. Yes, it's hassle free and delicious. Do give it a try :)

  2. Hi,

    I have finally succeeded in preparing the dish with loads of efforts and it turned out yummy. All thanks to your recipe dear.