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Instant Khaman Dhokla

Instant Khaman Dhokla recipe. Steamed, savory, soft melt in mouth Chickpea Cake (Dhokla) prepared instantly without any fermentation.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time for batter 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Evening Snacks
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian


  • Steamer


Ingredients for Dhokla

  • 1 Cup Besan/Chickpea Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Citric Acid
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/Hing for gluten-free version, skip it
  • 3 tbsp Sugar or adjust as per your liking
  • 2 tsp Oil

Ingredients for Tempering and Sugar Syrup

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds/Rai
  • 1 Lemon for juice use as required
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves
  • 4-5 Green Chillies or as required
  • 3 tsp Sugar or adjust as per your taste
  • 1 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Oil


Prepare Dhokla batter

  • In a sieve together besan salt,citric acid, sugar and turmeric.
  • Add water to it slowly and gradually mixing it. Take care not to form lumps in it.
  • For every 1 Cup of Besan, around 3/4 Cup of water is required. Batter should be of dropping consistency and smooth.
  • Beat the batter well for at least 5 min.
  • Keep it aside for rest for at least 15 minutes.
  • After resting time add oil to it and mix well. Again beat the batter for at least 7-8 minutes. The color of the batter will turn slight creamy.
  • Finally add baking soda. This time do not beat the batter, just mix the it well in batter. The batter will foam up.
  • Meanwhile get the steamer ready, add water to it and switch on the flame to medium. Brush oil on the plate/dish that you will be using to steam dhokla.
  • Immediately transfer it to the greased steamer plate. Keep it in the steamer, cover the lid and steam for at least 15-20 minutes. It took exactly 15 minutes to cook Dhokla.

Prepare the tempering

  • In a pan, add oil,when the oi is hot enough, add rai/mustard seeds, once the seeds crackle, add curry leaves and green chillies.
  • Add water to the pan, when the water starts boiling, add sugar.
  • Mix the sugar well, let it boil for a minute, then swtich off the flame.
  • Add lemon juice to it.
  • Pour the syrup on the warm dhokla , do it evenly with a spoon.
  • Let it rest for few minutes, till it soaks the syrup, cut and then use as required.


You can also add a tsp of ginger and chilli paste. for that coarsely crush ginger and green chilli in a mortar and pestle and add to the batter.
If you do not have Citric Acid, add 1/2 tsp of baking powder while seiving chickpea flour or add Eno at the end. Skip baking soda if adding Eno.
Keyword Chickpea Flour, Dhokla, Fasting Food, Gluten-free,Vegan, Fried Food, Steamed recipes, Vegetarian
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