Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Khatta Dhokla

Khatta Dhoklas are traditional Gujarati dish, this steamed cakes are delicious snacks and are also served as Farsan (savory snack) in grand Gujarati Thali. 'Khatta' means sour, the dish gets its name from the fact that curd is added to the batter, and batter is allowed to ferment and make it bit sour in taste. The batter has close resemblance to Idly batter, the difference is only the fermenting technique and addition of few spices. The soft, fluffy dhoklas are enjoyed by our entire family.

500gms of Raw Rice

250gms of Urad Dal
1/2 teacup of sour curd / Buttermilk
1 Tablespoon of Green chilly paste
1 Tablespoon of Ginger paste
1/2 Cup of Fresh Cream
3 Tablespoons of Oil
1 Tablespoon of coarsely crushed Black Pepper Powder

1 Teaspoon of Fruit Salt (Eno)

salt to taste

Tempering (Optional)

2 Teaspoons of Mustard Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon of Hing (Asafoetida)
6 to 7 Curry Leaves


1. Mix rice and urad dal and grind coarsely or soak rice and urad dal overnight and grind in to a thick paste.

2. If using dry coarse rice and urad dal mixture, add sour curd / buttermilk, salt, oil, lukewarm water and cream and mix properly to make a thick batter. Fresh cream will make your dhoklas very soft.

3. Let the battter ferment for 5 to 6 hours in a warm and a dry place.

4. Once battter is fermented, add green chilly and ginger paste and mix it proprly. Grease the steel plate or thali with oil and place the grease thali for 2 mintues inside the steamer.

5. Now add the fruit salt or eno in the batter which you want to use it the same day. The remaining batter one can freeze it in the refrigerator.

6. Now remove the greased thali from the steamer and pour the batter so as to fill half the height of the thali.

7. Sprinkle some ground black pepper on top, and steam the for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the tempering if using. Heat the oil, once the oil is hot, add hing, mustard seeds. Once the seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves and remove the tempering from the heat.

8. Once the dhoklas are steamed, sprinkle some tempering over the steamed dhoklas and then cut the dhoklas in diamond shape.

9. One can avoid the tempering and simply serve the dhoklas with oil and green chutney / Coriander - Coconut chutney

Note: One can preserve the dhokla batter for one day (without adding fruit salt)


Finla 3 February 2009 at 14:45  

I have heard so muchabout dhokla, i have never had them.
Would love to try these.

Jaishree Iyer 3 February 2009 at 15:09  

Dhokla looks yum purva. I tried once. will try your version and let you know:)

Trupti 3 February 2009 at 15:13  

Purva, Dhokla ekdam zakas disat aahe. Me khup diwas zale Dhokla khalla nahi aata karayla pahije

Joie de vivre 3 February 2009 at 16:12  

When I first saw these, I thought they were sweets! They look yummy.

Anonymous,  3 February 2009 at 16:15  

Heard of dhoklas..but the recipe is new to me
looks awesome

Sujatha 3 February 2009 at 16:24  

Never heard of this one! I love dhoklas, so I'm sure this should taste pretty good too.. Nice one, Purva!

Navita (Gupta) Hakim 3 February 2009 at 16:40  

thts a nice dhokla..

long time no see..so stopped to say hi!

Cham 3 February 2009 at 16:49  

I ve heard many times but never tasted or made, looks good ur dhokla

Anonymous,  3 February 2009 at 18:28  

I love dhoklas... they look yummy :)

Mahimaa's kitchen 3 February 2009 at 18:33  

oh this one sounds like spicy idli.. looks yummmy.. i love doklas.. always used only ready mix. never made from scratch.

Unknown 3 February 2009 at 20:39  

wow..looks so yummy purva...

CurryLeaf 3 February 2009 at 22:23  

Looks yum.I sometimes buy dhokla mix for this

Andhra Flavors 4 February 2009 at 03:40  

dhokla looks yummy and it looks like a sweet.

vidhas 4 February 2009 at 04:54  

Yummy dhoklas. I ahve not made dhjoklas in home, it sounds like idli batter, so i can prepare easlily , surely going to try.

lubnakarim06 4 February 2009 at 07:52  

"Khatta" is something new to me in Dhokla. Love to try this. Hmmmm drooling....

Priya Suresh 4 February 2009 at 08:00  

Dhokla looks delicious purva...should give a try soon, havent tried yet dhoklas at all..

Dershana 4 February 2009 at 09:11  

Never had or seen dhoklas like these. I always thought dhoklas where yellow :-) this recipe is new to me.

Anonymous,  4 February 2009 at 10:05  

Wow purva, Khatta Dhokla is looking yu....m1 I just love it.

TNL 4 February 2009 at 10:30  

Those look wonderful..! Chai saathey ketla saras lagey nahi??

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Vikis Kitchen 4 February 2009 at 13:28  

Never tried Dokhla at home. But after seeing ur recipe, I feel it's worth trying . These traditional dishes makes us feel at home :) Yummy.

notyet100 4 February 2009 at 14:23  

i luv dhokla hav etried microwave version at home,..will try ur version soon,..:-)

Suganya 4 February 2009 at 17:15  

Nice recipe. Sounds so good and traditional. YUM!

Unknown 4 February 2009 at 19:14  

I love khatta dhokla...your dhokla looks yummy, will give this a try soon :-)

Deepthi Shankar 5 February 2009 at 07:34  

looks delicious, I love dhoklas .. Lovely picture ..

Navita (Gupta) Hakim 5 February 2009 at 17:46  

Purva thanks for stopping by..hope i will see u more often.:)

Uma 5 February 2009 at 18:25  

mmm. looks mouth-watering Purva!

Sukanya Yogesh 6 February 2009 at 06:07  

I love Khatta dhokla and sprinkle either kuti lal chilly powder and pepper powder before I steam cook it. I love the addition of fresh cream to the batter to make the dhokla supersoft.I will defnitely try this tip coming from a 100% Gujarati kitchen. Purvaben Dhokla Bhau saru lage che.

Gita Jaishankar 6 February 2009 at 17:32  

These dhoklas are very new to me...I am sure to like this one...THanks for sharing this wonderful recipe Purva :)

Swapna 6 February 2009 at 22:12  

Fluffy and soft dhokla,First time to ur blog. Wonderful....

suvi 9 February 2009 at 02:13  

Fresh cream must make the dhoklas very soft...make mine almost the same way, but have never added cream.. plan to the next time :)

Andhra Flavors 12 February 2009 at 04:52  

i tried long back. these days totally i forgot abt this. will try ur version.

Sia 12 February 2009 at 08:59  

OMG!!! my fav one:)

Yasmeen 14 February 2009 at 02:51  

tangy dhoklas look perfect for snacking.
Please trail back to my blog for a token of appreciation.

Sujatha 15 February 2009 at 23:32  
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