instant khaman dhokla

Instant Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to Make Khaman Dhokla

Instant khaman dhokla recipe with step by step pictures 

What is Instant Khaman Dhokla?

A Gujarati preparation made up of gram flour (besan), which is sweet as well as sour, which is soft and spongy, having the fresh flavors of coriander, coconut and green chilies along with the tempering (tadka) of asafoetida (heeng), mustard seeds and curry leaves. Instant Khaman Dhokla originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. It can be prepared for breakfast or can be converted to khaman chaat or khamini and served during high tea etc.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Instant Khaman Dhokla

Instant khaman dhokla is a gram flour based recipe. I have used the regular gram flour. Little semolina (sooji) is added to give it some texture. To strike a balance sugar is also added. As such Gujarati dishes always have a hint of sweetness which compliments other flavours already present. You can add ginger chilli paste which I had omitted. Feel free to add if you want those extra flavours. I too will do that the next time. Further I added ½ cup of water to the khaman dhokla immediately after it was steamed. This ensures that the khaman dhokla is and remains moist. You can adjust the quantity of water as per your preference. A very flavourful tempering and garnishing makes the dish absolutely delightful.

instant khaman dhokla

Instant Khaman DhoklaRecipe

Prep time  15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Makes  9 pieces
Ingredients for Instant Khaman Dhokla
For Khaman Dhokla
  • 1.5 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 2 tbsp semolina (sooji)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fruit salt / eno-(unflavored)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or ¼ tsp citric acid
  • 1 tsp Cooking oil
  • 2/3 cup or 150 ml water, lukewarm
For water solution
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 tsp salt
For tempering
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (heeng)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  • 3 green chilies slit
  • a sprig of curry leaves
For garnishing
  • Handful of chopped coriander leaves
  • Handful of grated fresh coconut
How to make Instant Khaman Dhokla
  1. Sift 1.5 cup besan in a big bowl. Do not skip this step.
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  2.  2 tbsp sooji to the besan.
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  3. Add 1.5 tbsp sugar and mix everything.
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  4. mix lukewarm water gradually. We don’t want a very thick or thin batter.
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  5. Check the consistency of the batter. Adjust the quantity of water for the desired consistency. I used 150 ml of water.
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  6. Add ¼ tsp citric acid or 2 tbsp lemon juice. Prefer using lemon juice. Mix everything well.
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  7. Cover the batter and let it rest for 15 minutes.
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  8. Meanwhile prepare the steamer and grease the pan for steaming the khaman dhokla.
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  9. After 15 minutes, mix the batter once.
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  10. Add 1/3 tsp turmeric powder, salt to taste and 1 tsp oil.
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  11. Add 1 tsp eno and add 1 tsp water on eno.
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  12. Mix rigorously in one direction. Mix it for 10-12 seconds. The batter will double.
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  13. IMMEDIATELY pour in the dhokla pan.
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  14. Pat the pan to level the batter.

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  15. Put the pan in the steamer. The water in the steamer should be boiling when you put the pan in. Reduce the flame to medium and steam the batter for 20 minutes.
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  16. Check after 20 minutes. Do not be tempted to check before that. To check, insert a knife. It should come out clean. If the khaman dhokla is underdone, cook for further 2-5 minutes.
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  17. Prepare the water solution. Take ½ cup water and add 1/3 tsp salt and ½ tsp sugar to it.
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  18. Pour this water solution on the dhokla while its still hot. And then let it cool.
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  19. Prepare the tempering. For that heat 1.5 tbsp oil. Add ¼ tsp asafoetida and 1 tsp mustard seeds. Let the seeds splutter.
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  20. Add 3 green chillies slit and cook for half a minute.
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  21. Add few curry leaves and cook for few seconds.
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  22. De mould the dhokla.
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  23. Pour the tadka over the dhokla while the tadka is still hot. It help the tadka to stick to the dhokla.
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  24. Cut the dhokla into desired pieces and garnish with a handful of chopped coriander leaves and freshly grated coconut.
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  25. Serve with coriander and curd chutney.
    Instant Khaman Dhokla Recipe


  • Do not skip sifting the besan. It is a very important step.
  • I have used citric acid instead of lemon juice as I was short of lemon. If you use citric acid be very careful, not that there could be a blast or something. Just this that if you over do it the khaman dhokla might become too sour.
  • Do not overcook the khaman dhokla. Overcooking will dry it.
  • Once the khaman dhokla has steamed add the water mentioned in the recipe.
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I feel dhoklas are the best snacks. So easy to make Instant Khaman Dhokla Recipe and digest. Except for weekend, we people have steamed or pan fried breakfast. Our weekend breakfast or brunch is sinful for sure. I often make instant sooji dhokla for our brekfast and kids tiffin. It remains delicious even are coming to the room temperature. Infact this is the best part about this or any dhokla for that matter. Learn here how to make instant sooji dhokla.

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