Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Dhokla is a Gujarati speciality – a savoury that’s made in almost every Gujju household. Traditionally,Dhokla is made from a fermented batter made of ground urad dal, cream of rice, chickpea flour, salt, spices and baking soda. This batter is steamed in pie-like plates and cut into diamond shapes. Dhokla taste like a spicy and softer version of cornbread. They are commonly served with coriander chutney and garnished with grated coconut and chopped coriander.
I make three varieties-one with besan,other with sooji and another with moong dal.
Here goes my version of dhokla with Besan.


For Dhokla:

1 cup chickpea flour/besan
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2 tbsp ginger-garlic- green chilli paste
2 tbsp lemon juice
1tbsp eno fruit salt
warm water
For Tadka:

1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida
1tsp sesame seeds(optional)
2-3 Curry leaves(optional)
1 tbsp simple syrup(add 1tsp sugar in a tbsp of water.Mix well)

Cilantro for garnishing


Mix yogurt,salt,turmeric,asafoteida,ginger- garlic-chilli paste in a bowl.Now add the chickpea flour and warm water enough to make a smooth paste.Keep aside.

Meanwhile set up the steamer.You could use a large pot with a tight lid as a steamer.Use a inverted steel bowl as a stand.Grease a deep thali or a pressure cooker container.

To the dhokla batter add eno and lemon juice mix and pour in the greased thali.Steam for 20-25 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.Cook uncover for 3-4 mins.When cooled unmold,cut in desired shape.For tadka heat oil,add mustard seeds,asafotieda,sesame seeds and curry leaves.

Once they splutter turn off the heat.When tadka gets warm mix in the simple syrup and pour the mixture uniformly on the dhokla.Garnish with cilantro.Serve hot.


Usha said...

Dhokla looks absolutely perfect ! loved that it can be made quickly!

Superchef said...

Dhokla looks nice and fluffy, ankita. Always tried with only those ready made mixes, never from scratch. this looks like a good recipe to start with :)

Trupti said...

Dhokla looks very delicious & perfect. Dhokla is one of my Fav..jst on sunday I tries another version of Dhokla..I will post that recipe soon

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

dokla looks mouthwatering....yum.

Cham said...

I ve heard a lot but never made or tasted one. Very fluffy and delicous

Ashwini said...

Thank you for dropping by and leaving your valuable comment..Dhokla looks so moist and perfect..

Deepa Hari said...

Thank you for stopping by...Lovely Dhoklas...looks fluffy and perfect Ankita...Good one.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks perfect and yum.....

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

This looks yummy and moist! delicious one!

Madhumathi said...

Dhokla looks fluffy and yum..Have tried many versions but it din't turn out as perfect as your..Will give yours a try :)

aquadaze said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Ankita. Your dhokla looks very yummy :)