Khaman Dhokla – Indian cooking challenge July

30 Jul

I decided to participate in the Indian cooking Challenge, started by Srivalli of Spicing Your life. We are supposed to cook the selected recipe for the month and post it on the last date of the month.For this month, it is Khaman Dhokla. This gave me a chance to cook something for my parents while in Banglore.My mom makes dhoklas regularly and was skeptic about my measurements. I usually don’t measure the ingredients much unless I am baking. Even for the dhoklas,I just made sure that my mixture resembles the consistency of idli batter and they came out fluffy and soft, much to mom’s amazement.

Here is the recipe:


Gram flour – 1 Cup
Curd- 1/2 Cup
Water – 1/2 Cup
Oil – 1tbsp
Chili paste( using 1-2 chilies) or Chili powder
Sugar – 1tsp
lemon juice – 1/4 tsp
Eno – 1 packet (green colour fruit lime) + sprinkle or dust few bits on the plate

For tempering

Sesame seeds
Mustard Seeds
Curry leaves
Grated coconut
Coriander leaves

Method :

1. Mix curds and water. To this add the besan and mix well to get a lump less batter, the consistency should be of idli batter, Keep it aside to rise for 1 hour.

2.To the mix, add citric acid, oil, salt, sugar, chili and turmeric powder.

3. Grease either idli plates or a pan . Meanwhile, pour water in to the pressure cooker and put it on the stove.

4. Just before cooking, add the Eno Salt to the batter , pour it in the plates and steam it for 5-8 minutes, till a knife comes out clean.

5. Let the dhoklas sit for 10 minutes, cut them into pieces and then pour 1tsp oil + 2tsp water mix on the dhoklas.

6.For seasoning, heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, sesame seeds, mustard seeds and finely chopped green chilies. When mustard starts popping, remove and pour over the dhokla

These dhoklas can be had with green chutney or Tamarind chutney. We had it with Tamarind chutney.

Dhokla 004


Posted by on July 30, 2009 in General, Recipes



11 responses to “Khaman Dhokla – Indian cooking challenge July

  1. Srivalli

    July 31, 2009 at 1:34 am

    So glad that you got it well Shoba…:)..looks great!

  2. chaitra

    July 31, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Dhokla sounds inviting!!!Never knew this recipe preparation but now i am going to try it.
    Thanks for posting.
    Check out my blog sometime

  3. Medhaa

    July 31, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Hi, Wow I have to measure for baking as well as dhoklas. the rest I can do without. They look perfect. I always feel so happy when I find someone is from Bangalore.

  4. Lata Raja

    July 31, 2009 at 8:41 am

    The dhoklas are perfect even without measuring to rule.

    • shoba

      August 2, 2009 at 5:22 am

      Thanks Lata.

  5. Manohar

    July 31, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I believe if one wants to skip the ‘eno’ part. Add some Urad dal to your batter. Urad dal supposedly attracts wild yeast from the air and your batter will ferment (like Idly). Of course the time it has to sit is higher.

    • shoba

      August 2, 2009 at 5:21 am

      Adding Urad dal might change the taste of the dhoklas. My mom usually soaks it overnight or 7-8 hours, adds baking soda just before steaming and the dhoklas come out just fine. I think we already discussed about this sometime back.

  6. PARI

    July 31, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Hi. your dhoklas look nice.

  7. rekha

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    looks yum nice presentation

  8. Saumya

    August 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Hmm…where’s the coriander chutney? Looks great Survivor!

  9. Sri

    August 4, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Waiting for you to be back!
    Dhoklas during lunch time will be perfect 🙂


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