Monday, 13 October 2008

Khaman Dhokla ~ Steamed Gram Flour Cakes

The one delicacy Gujaratis are always associated with is ''Dhokla''. The steamed savoury snack prepared in every Gujarati household. But before I share more information on this delicious savoury snack, one thing I want to clear with all Non - Gujaratis. I have always noticed, among Non-Gujaratis that Dhoklas means yellow coloured steamed bengal gram flour cakes. But the fact is these yellow colour steamed cakes made from bengal gram flour or chana dal (Bengal Gram) is called Khaman or Khaman Dhoklas or Nylon Khaman and Dhoklas are basically Khatta Dhoklas or Dhoklas made from grounded rice and urad dal and are bit tangy garnished with pepper corns. So next time when you refer Dhoklas be specific that they are Khaman Dhoklas or Khatta Dhoklas.
There are many varieties of Dhoklas like Khatta Dhokla, Khaman Dhoklas, Moong Dhoklas, Rasia Dhoklas, Corn Dhoklas and the list is extensive. Gujaratis have this savoury snack as a tea time snack rather than as a food item or are a part of the Gujarati Thali and served as Farsan in the thali.
I have shared the authentic Khaman Dhokla recipe, rather than the other instant versions where besan (bengal gram flour) is used instead of ground Chana dal. If ones visit Gujarat, Khaman Dhoklas are prepared with ground Chana Dal (Bengal gram) and they are served with Green Chutney, Chopped Onions and Sev. I miss this authentic Khaman Dhokla even in Mumbai, where instant versions are available in the shops.

3 Cups Chana Dal (Bengal Gram)
1 Cup Rice
1 Tablespoon of Curd
Warm Water
1 Tablespoon of Green Chilly and Ginger Paste
Salt to taste
1 Teaspoon of Eno / Citric Acid
Mustard Seeds
Sesame Seeds
Chopped Green Chillies
2 -3 Curry Leaves
Chopped Coriander
Grated Coconut (Optional)
1. Soak Chana dal and Rice separately, grind Chana dal and Rice coarsely.
2. After grinding mix chana dal and rice together, add curd, 1 teaspoon of oil, pinch of salt and warm water. Make a thick batter and let it ferment for 5 - 6 Hours till the batter doubles.
3. Once the batter is fermented, add salt to taste, green chilly and ginger paste.

4. Before steaming the batter, add Eno salt / Citric acid in 2 Tablespoon of water and add this in the batter and mix it properly.
5. Grease the steel thali with oil and pour the batter in the greased thali and steam it for 10 - 15 Minutes.
6. Once the Khaman Dhoklas are steamed, remove them from the steamer and let it cool for a minute.
7. Prepare a tempering, heat oil add, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Once the seeds starts splattering remove from the heat.
8. Pour some tempering over the steamed khaman dhokla thali and spread the tempering with the help of a spoon. Cut the Khaman Dhoklas in to diamond shape and remove it from the thali.
9. This way steam the remaining batter and use the remaining tempering on Khaman Dhoklas.
10. Granish Khaman Dhoklas with chopped coriander leaves and grated fresh coconut.

11) Serve Khaman Dhoklas with Green Chutney, Chopped Onions and Sev.


Deepthi Shankar 13 October 2008 at 23:12  

i loke dhoklas .. very yummy

Suganya 14 October 2008 at 02:39  

Dhokla looks so good. Turned out so perfect for u. Will try ur version soon. YUM!

anudivya 14 October 2008 at 04:22  

Good info about Khaman Dhoklas and Khatta Dhoklas Purva. I never knew the difference before, thanks to you, I a little more knowledgable today :)

Nidhi 14 October 2008 at 06:11  

Purva..Thats a perfect looking Khaman Dhokla.

Include me in the list of people who refer to the one made with Besan as Dhokla.

Will definitely try your version.

ST 14 October 2008 at 08:22  

Its one of my favorites purva.Looks perfect ,Its my breakfast time and seeing this I started carving for this...

Priya Suresh 14 October 2008 at 08:46  

Dhoklas looks perfect..never tried dhoklas, sure have to give a try..ur seems really perfect for my taste buds..

Jaishree Iyer 14 October 2008 at 09:47  

I love dhokla.. good information about dhoklas. yours looks soo gud &perfect.

Dibs 14 October 2008 at 10:02  

I love Dhoklas too! Never managed to make them nice and spongy! Yours look great!

Unknown 14 October 2008 at 10:50  

mmm yummy will try it soon

Shreya 14 October 2008 at 13:04  

hi the Dhoklas look perfect, Love your recipe..

Unknown 14 October 2008 at 14:10  

Absolutely adore dhoklas and most other Gujarati food,thanks for the info on dhoklas,have bookmarked hope to try this soon :-)

Unknown 14 October 2008 at 14:45  

looks perfect & fantastic... nice entry purva..

Indian Khana 14 October 2008 at 15:35  

Dhokla looking perfect...umm thanks for the recipe...I asked you before your in-laws came remember? :)...gud one dear....

Sujatha 14 October 2008 at 16:25  

I love dhoklas.. I tried a couple of times but didn't come out softer.. Yours looks absolutely soft and fluffy.. I'm gonna try this soon.. :)

Bhawna 14 October 2008 at 18:23  

Ur Dhokla looks really delicious. Nice recipe.

Gita Jaishankar 15 October 2008 at 01:49  

The dokhla looks mouth watering. Never knew that there were many variations in the preparation methods. Thanks for the information Purva :)

raaji 15 October 2008 at 03:26  

they sound so healthy purva.....wonderful color

Savi-Ruchi 15 October 2008 at 03:27  

wow!! dhoklas are looking yummy, i love dhoklas. Will try it soon :)
thanks for posting

Pete 15 October 2008 at 05:23  

Good, steamed cakes. Sometimes, I am lazy to bake.....grin! LOL

SMN 15 October 2008 at 07:52  

I love dhokhlas.. really yum

Indranee Batabyal 15 October 2008 at 14:36  

Dhoklas are one of my favorites...thanks a lot for the recipe!

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PG CakeCraft 15 October 2008 at 18:45  

i've eaten dhoklas when i was in India (not available in M'sia) but never made them. should try making em with ur recipe.

Unknown 16 October 2008 at 11:47  

beautiful...will try it this weekend...

Yasmeen 16 October 2008 at 18:56  

mmm..the soft fluffy Dhoklas are fulfilling snacks:)

Sum Raj 16 October 2008 at 21:26  

looks perfect and attractive purva..

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CurryLeaf 17 October 2008 at 01:29  

I love khaman dhoklas.These look very delicious.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous,  12 July 2012 at 03:15  

Thanks for the detailed info. on Dhokla. I would like to request you to post a recipe about the green chillies served with khandvi and other farsans. Thanks in anticipation!!

Anonymous,  4 June 2013 at 11:40  

hi purva , can u pls tell d recipe of soft and juicy dhokla that we get at haldirams.thanks


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