Khaman Dhokla
Some recipes bring back bygone memories which you didn't think had place in your brain shelves in the first place. Guess I have few which ended up getting dusted when I took the first bite of these Dhokla's. I think I was 6-7 yrs old and during our stay in Northern parts of India, there used to be this sweetmeat shop that used to sell Dhoklas in a cover within which there used to be small plastic covers of chutney - Tamarind and Green. I so used to go totally ga-ga over them. They were the fluffiest, softest, spongiest things I had ever eaten and I used to hog them like the it was going extinct.
Khaman Dhokla

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When Srivalli set us this challenge for this month's ICC event, I was wondering if I would get the very same softness as the ones I have had. I have made Khaman Dhokla before with success but they were not as soft, hence my dubiety at this recipe. But VOILA! This recipe was IT. The very first bite with the chutney bought these memories in such a blinding speed that I was overcome with nostalgia and severe home sickness. That's the beauty of a perfect recipe people. Khaman Dhokla

Frequently Asked Questions:
How to make Dhoklas without ENO?
Why does my Dhokla turn red in color?

Never made a (perfect) Dhokla before? Then your search ends right here. Check out the step by step procedures to make these totally yummy bites and forget the world for few moments!
  • Cook time:
  • Prep time:
  • Serves: 4 people
  • Yields: Makes one 8 inch (2" deep) pan worth
  • For Batter:
  • Bengal Gram flour / Besan/ Chickpea flour - 250 gms (1 & 1/2 cup)
  • Curd/Yogurt - 1/2 cup (not very sour)
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Cooking/Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  • For seasoning to be mixed to the batter (to be added just before cooking)
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric a pinch
  • Green Chili paste - 1 - 2 (or as per taste)
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Citric acid - quarter tsp (or lemon juice)
  • Eno - 1 packet (green colour fruit lime) + some more for sprinkling on the plate
  • (note: I dint know how much a sachet contains since I have a bottle so I assumed 1-1/4 tsp of Eno fruit salt)
  • salt to taste
  • For tempering
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Grated coconut
  • Coriander leaves
  • Little water + Oil to be topped on dhoklas
1. Mix first 1/2 cup curds with 1/2 water.
2. To this add the besan and mix well to get a lump less batter, the consistency should be of idli batter, more of dropping not pouring consistency.
3. Slowly add more water if needed else, add the soda. Keep it aside to rise for 1 hour. If you are using a pressure cooker, fill the pan with water, place a plate over which you will have use a plate for steaming the dhoklas. Thali plate can be used for steaming To the batter mix in the citric acid, oil, salt, sugar, green chili paste and turmeric powder. Mix well. This has to be done just before pouring to the plate.
4. Meanwhile have the pan on stove, and let the water start boiling. When the water reaches the rolling stage, you can mix the eno to the batter (Save little of eno for dusting on the plate), mix gently, you will see bubbles coming out.
5. My Notes : I dint have a thali plate which would fit my pressure cooker and those who would were too deep and narrow for making a proper Dhokla.  So I used my Baking tin which fit perfectly in my Rice Cooker and steam cooked the batter.
Dust or sprinkle the plate with eno. Then immediately pour the batter to the plate. Place the plate carefully inside the pressure pan and cover with lid. You need not use the whistle. After covering you will find steam coming out of the outlet, simmer and don't disturb for almost 5 -7 minutes. The batter should be filled to only 1/2 as it will rise up. After adding eno the batter should not rest. Amount of sugar can be increased on preference. Dhokla can also be steamed in kadai filled with water and a plated titled over it.
6. After 5 -7 minutes, remove the lid and proof it using toothpick or knife. If the knife comes out clean and does not have any batter sticking, then its done. Cover back and let it remain on flame for 1 min and switch off the gas and allow it for 5 minutes.
7. In a bowl, mix 3 tsp of water along with a tsp of oil. Remove the plate from the pan, pour the water and oil mix over the top. For seasoning, heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, sesame seeds, mustard seeds and finely chopped green chilies. When mustard starts popping, remove and pour over the dhokla
8. If you want perfect shaped ones and not the crumbling, cut and handle gently
9. My Notes : I cut them out, after slightly cooling them, into squares.
I then served them with Tamarind Chutney and Green chutney. They are good on their own too. Khaman Dhokla I have tried my best to capture the sponginess of the dhoklas. Khaman Dhokla Although I thought I made enough to last me a while - guess I was wrong. It got over in 2 hours flat. No leftovers no nothing :)
Khaman Dhokla

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18 Member Reviews

By Neha on Aug 11, 2013

This tuned out very well, exactly like your photos.  Thank you!! I need to add more chilli paste, salt and sugar but that is my fault.  Next time this will be perfect.

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By Swastika on Oct 4, 2012

Hi there,

I'm Swastika Shankaran from Fiji Islands and I'm so grateful to you for creating such a wonderful site. I love cooking and have been going through most of your recipes too, i have even tried a couple of them.

My khaman dhokla turned out so beautifully that I have tried it twice already. I did add a few ingrediants of my own like the 3tbsp of semoline, ginger, a bit more lemon juice and a bit more water plus oil that went as a tempering once the dhokla was done. 

My Khaman dhokla turned out so nicely, fluffy and spongy, and each bite reminded me of my gujurati dadi who lived in our neighbourhood. Her dhokla was one of the best, and i have tried so many times to make it like hers, though i came very close in making like hers but still I wasn't so satisfied. Many thanks to you, now with your recipe I'm able to proudly make it and show it to her.

Thanks once again for a very wonderful and informative site.

Warm regards,


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By Monika on Sep 17, 2015

hii will you pls tell me sabstitude of curd

By Xyz on Sep 2, 2015

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By bhuvan on Nov 4, 2014

:-| pls assist me with the procedure for the sweet n sour green chillies accompanied with khaman dhokla

By Trince on Aug 22, 2014

Hi there just wanted to know if adding curds is a must as i never tried before please could you help me. Thanking you in advance. Your help will be apreciated

By swathi on Jul 13, 2014

wow!i just prepared it tonight n the dhoklas were just awesome!!!thanks for d recipe...... :-D

By simmi on Jul 9, 2014

In place of cooker any other option for preparing it

By simmi on Jul 9, 2014

In place of cooker any other option is there to prepare dokla.....

By Singh on Jul 5, 2014

I am confused about the baking tin part, do I have to grease it then dust it or do I just dust it?

By Abhishek Sahu on Jun 29, 2014

But it had some red colour

By Abhishek Sahu on Jun 29, 2014


By Maruti on Jun 27, 2014

This is a really good recipe, tried others before, but never got dhoklas as perfect as these. Thank you so much!

By yashwini on Jun 22, 2014

nice dhoklas,thank you for sharing.

By Anshuma on Jun 17, 2014

thanks alot ,its perfect recipe

By Mamta on Jun 12, 2014

i first time made dhokala and everyone loved that. thanks for this recipe

By striji on Jun 9, 2014

hello Is there any substitute for curd..gotmilk alllergy..

By lavanya on May 31, 2014

:-P very nice and tasty

By ketaki kulkarni on May 23, 2014

i just loved the dhokla mom"s dhoklas always used to get flat.but i just tried ur recepie and wow..!!!!!! :) :) :) got lot of appreciation at homn 8) 8) .

By preeti arora on May 19, 2014

hi mam m preeti arora i love cooking n ur dhokhla racipe is vry nyc thnxxx.. :-)

By preeti arora on May 19, 2014

:-D i love cooking thnx for the recipe...

By Sonal Lanjekar on May 3, 2014

I always made instant dholka by this same way but I never use curd here. But now I will try with curd.And I also add 1 inch ginger and 1 chilli in it for bit chatpata taste.

By piyushpoonam on Apr 27, 2014

:wink: very tasty

By piyushpoonam on Apr 27, 2014


By Nancy Singla on Apr 11, 2014

I am very impressed with the detailing part of the post. I have never tried besan dhokla however, after going through this post, I am tempted to try it out!! :)

By anu on Apr 10, 2014

I also added little ginger garlic paste to the mix, and instead of sugar added sugar free. The dish has come out superb. Thanks

By Marha on Apr 6, 2014

I mean Keifer

I havent tried it yet, hence personally have no idea! --DK

By Marha on Apr 6, 2014

Can I use knifer in place of yogurt? Or will that be too sour?

By archana on Apr 3, 2014

After reading I am sure going to make it dhokla iz my favourate dish. Thanks. Archana

By Surkhab on Mar 24, 2014

Dhokla looks so soft and spongy. I have made it earlier without adding curd to my dhokla.. But will try this with curd :wink:

By ranijhingran on Mar 22, 2014

I will try it soon :)

By suman jolly on Mar 14, 2014

Awesome recipe .... will try it out now. Thanks so much.

By deepika sharma on Mar 11, 2014

so yummy..... :wink: I like khaman dokla....

By vaishali on Feb 28, 2014

Nice recipee i love khaman dhoklas

By sarala on Feb 15, 2014


By Sumithra.k on Feb 14, 2014

I love dhokla ., i had prepared it its very tasty nd nice tu eat

By Gaurav Bhutani on Jan 18, 2014

:oops: :lol: :wink: nice dhokla luv to eat... gaurav 9811322254

By priyanka nema on Jan 13, 2014

:) :lol: I had given up in this case . but your recipient gave me new strength. I will try it once more. Old ladies have not guided me properly......

By Asiya on Jan 10, 2014

Heyy, it is an excellent recipe. I tried it today and it was really yummy. Thank you so much.... :wink:

By priyamvada mishra on Jan 9, 2014

Ur recipe is jst awsome.....and it makes me prfct Gujarati cook :-P

By chaitra on Dec 19, 2013

Hey I tried dhokla for the first time ever and it turned out just perfect! :) Everybody loved it. In fact when I took pictures it looked just the same like yours ;) Thanks for the awesome recipe.

By gowriraman on Dec 9, 2013

:oops: A bautiful recipe.very useful

By Shree on Dec 1, 2013

I tried this today but the smell of besan flour was there. Also the sponginess wasnt there. What could have gone wrong?

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By Miss Biraj Bhosale on Nov 7, 2013

:lol: Basically Iam dame crazy about dhoklas,but whenever I try for it ,it always goes wrong.But now Iwill be trying this,& am sure it will be a success

By Namu on Nov 2, 2013

I am sure ... it will test like out side shop .. I am just waiting to try this recipe ..

By Shobana Vijay on Oct 28, 2013

Lovely dear.Have to try some for my son.

By shanu singh on Oct 20, 2013

I dhokla become red when i use baking soda.Why this can u tell me

Pls refer my FAQ above the ingredients section --DK

By Arpita on Oct 18, 2013

i tried it at home, m being very impatient, coz the smell of besan is nt gng :|

By Pooja on Oct 10, 2013

I like this recipe and way of understanding.

By Alok on Sep 30, 2013

great recipe i got nice fluff in dhokla. But u can add sweet n sour water instead of plain water(only a suggestion)

By suman on Sep 21, 2013

It really great help to me to cook yammy khaman tnx :-P

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By Muhammad on Sep 11, 2013

Great recipe! I am definitely gonna try it. I saw this competition that I think you would be just the right person for! It is about creating the national dish of your country. Would be awesome if you could be the representative for your country :) Thats the right chance to show your skills in Cooking for your Traditional Food. Here’s more info about it

By jaya on Sep 10, 2013

nice nd awesome thanku so much

By dinoo on Sep 8, 2013

:?: i have a question ,,,,,,,can i try this with out adding ENO?????????????????pls answer,,,

By fatima jujar on Aug 30, 2013

awesome recipe I cook in pressure cooker. Really it was delicious. Thanx..

By Srilatha P on Aug 28, 2013

Can you make this in OTG? Will there be any difference?

By B.Uma on Aug 28, 2013

My family liked this recipe.Its a very delicious recipe from Gujarat. ThanQ.

By Prerana Khanwalkar on Aug 21, 2013

Nice recipe and description .I make it almost the same way .

By tweety on Aug 20, 2013

It was awesome... Luv the dish.:)

By kebhari on Aug 2, 2013

Wow! it' very delicious food. I like it....:-P

By vandana on Aug 2, 2013

The perfect guidence foe me for prepairing a khamang Dhokla! Thanks

By Snow white on Jul 17, 2013

Yam yam ur khmnd dokla is gud i like it

By kavyashree on Jul 14, 2013

cam i prepare the dhokla without eno

By kavyashree on Jul 14, 2013

I love the recipe... :wink:

By sona on Jun 30, 2013

Thank you :) This recipe is really good I made it for my inlaws and they liked it.

By prabha on Jun 28, 2013

You are incredible DK, your recipes are awesome. Keep up the good work. You don't even know, you are a life saver for budding cooks like me. Thanks. Just made this and as always turned out absolutly beautiful.

By subhashreeravichandran on Jun 21, 2013

please share the recipes of green and tamarind chutney that go with dhokla.thanks

By Keyuri on Jun 19, 2013

:-P i like it.!!

By Dhvani on Jun 19, 2013

:lol: just ummmmm!!

By shilpa on Jun 7, 2013

i loved it thaknxxxx............ :wink: :wink: :wink: :arrow: 8) :-P

By madhu on May 28, 2013

:-| :cry: :cry: :cry: :-| it end up with a bad taste. i used ingredients as it is.

Your description is very vague. Pls give me more details so that I can help you get it better --DK

By kavita shrestha on May 19, 2013

U r such a big help.... I really love ur recipe :wink: s... I hv tried many of ur recipes n al wer very much appreciated by my frens n mom

By Rupa L on May 10, 2013

Do u have a pin icon for me to save this recipe.. thanks

By Anna on May 6, 2013

It was yummmm....I just made it for my mum and dad and they loved it very much...thanks a lot for the recipe :-D :-D :-D

By archana on Apr 26, 2013

thank u

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By Saikat on Apr 7, 2013

Its soooooo good. Made it & served with hara chutney.. Jst yumm

By sharmiiiin on Apr 6, 2013

When i made this receipt ,it was DELICIOUS :!: :!: Thanks :)

By vatsal kumar singh on Apr 3, 2013

:) it is very yummy and when i made the dish my moth er and friends loved very much

By tripti on Mar 31, 2013

it is so yummmy i love it :-D

By devika on Mar 26, 2013

:-P thanks a lot to you...i was asked to every one about this recipe , i did not get the correct recipe,once again thanks to you, my husband loves it a lot but dont know how to cook,today i am going to make this recipi .let me hear comments of my husband...thank'q' so much...........

By shubhi on Mar 21, 2013

I tried making it today, but :( so disappointing it didnt turned out. I cant figure it out that what went wrong as i went all acc. to the instructions.

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By jaydeep on Mar 1, 2013

I tried it and gone step by step but its harden and stuck to pan

By tejal on Mar 1, 2013

Hey ,we also try this in different variation. We use Chana dal instead of besan. We soak chana dal overnite and next day we grind it coarsely. rest all the steps are the same. They wont be so soft as besan but the taste of same is awesum

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By Nithish on Feb 26, 2013

:mrgreen: Super how to prepare oven this receipe is it possible

By Shilpi on Feb 9, 2013

I just love dhokla. I tried your receipt twice word by word... But the dhokla remained uncooked even after half an hour of steaming. I just couldn't figure out why. Can it the baking soda that's a bit old and in fridge all the time? Pls reply

By thepla khan on Feb 9, 2013

i love dhokle ka gurda aur kem cho

By Pepper on Feb 5, 2013

I never tried Dhoklas from the scratch at home, readymix comes handy, your dhoklas are inspiring me...Sure I will give it a try.

I have used ready made mix before and have loved them. The only downside when you make this recipe perfectly is - You won't love the ready made mix dhoklas anymore. Trust me on that. Whoever said, homemade is best knew what they were talking about :) --DK

By Janani on Feb 4, 2013

I love dhoklas and yours look so awesome and tempting.perfectly made.

By mi on Feb 4, 2013

I tried it and yes! my guests were raving about it.. Thank you som much :)

By Rohini on Jan 12, 2013

:-D tasted much better than any of the ready dhokla mixes I've tried all these years... Absolutely awesome! Thanks so much!

By Madhurjya Neog on Jan 1, 2013

:-| I like the way you represent the recipe...I tried it and it works....But still I feel some taste of uncooked Besan even after 20 min of cooking...What shld I do in this situation. Please reply on my mail ID.

By RADHIKA on Dec 30, 2012

:wink: 8) :lol: it was really soft like market ones

By Srilatha on Dec 14, 2012

Hi, me and my husband both love dhoklas and I made this today. Unfortunately, I misplaced the Eno and could not use it but despite that, it came out very, very well. My husband likes it little crispy, so I stir fried it for a minute. Thank you for this fantabulous recipe. :-D

By Mrs. Seema Sinha on Dec 7, 2012

This recipe was really good and easy. My husband and my children liked it very much. Thank You! :)

By Vaishnavi on Nov 29, 2012

Hi! I have tried this recipe alot of times and my dhoklas were very yum yum . But there is one problem each time. They are rock hard yet tasty. Should I put more than 1 tsp baking powder . And one more thing- I never used eno in it, so is that the reason why it is hard? Thanks a lot. 8)

By kaushar on Nov 22, 2012

it was really delicious i made it thnks...

By Madhu on Nov 8, 2012

How to make it FLUFFY like a sponge?

Replied in your previous comment thread --DK

By Madhu on Nov 8, 2012

I followed word by word but the Dhokla is not FLUFFY at all.

Was your Eno fresh? If its been lying around for a long time, it will not be as effective. Further, make sure to add ENO just before you are steaming the batter. --DK

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By kritee on Nov 5, 2012

hi! actually i'm not interested in cooking :oops: but i love trying out new sweets with my mom. I just wanted to say that i really like the way you present pictures after each procedure so that people can understand the methods well. I'm going to try out this dhokla for the first time and i hope it will be as good looking and tasty as yours. Just one thing can't we use something else instead of this eno thing(which i'm hearing for the first time)?

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By Taniya on Oct 18, 2012

Instead of eno can I use baking powder? Is there any substitute of eno?Is baking/cooking soda mean Bicarbonate of soda? MANY THANKS

By P Prasad on Oct 18, 2012

Hi,I tried your recipe last week.The dhoklas turned out spongy but a little dry. :cry: My daughter & I liked it but would like to improve on it. Any suggestions? Thanks :)

Did you add some water while tempering? That would help with the dryness --DK

By kavita on Oct 10, 2012

Hi, I like to make Dhokla, but it wont be as soft as available in Market. pls. give some suggestion for the same. Thanks kavita

By Ishwarya on Sep 27, 2012

Hi, Can i make this with baking soda instead of the Eno fruit salt? Please reply to this so that i can do it as soon as possible. I'm eagerly waiting for ur reply.... :roll:

Eno is actually comprised of 60% baking soda and 40% citric acid. So if you have a combo of the same use it instead. --DK

By Neelima on Sep 22, 2012

I am big fan of Dhokla and I can't wait to try this recipe. I just have a question; can I used baking powder instead of baking soda? I've just not been able to find baking soda anywhere. Thanks!

By abhi on Sep 17, 2012

hi,can i cook dhoklas in electronic rice cooker

If you can "steam" with your rice cooker, then you can make this too. I have a "steam" function in my rice cooker that I put to use for these--DK

By Amna on Sep 17, 2012

Hi there! I tasted Dhokla for the first time yesterday and now would like to attempt to make it myself, the only thing is that I don't have a steamer or pressure cooker? Is there a way to cook in a pan filled with water instead?

Yes. You don't need a pressure cooker or steamer per se. The idea is to "steam them". You can do it in any way you can. --DK

By shrushti chintamani on Sep 12, 2012

very nice

By Lawanya on Sep 7, 2012

@DK. yep... i steamed.. in microwave as i saw some youtube videos about microwaved Dhoklas......(these appaulding comments motivated me to search and watch them as well) i followed ur ingredients to dot.....and it was spongy and cooked alright.... by appearance it was almost like the pic.... but the taste was bland ........ maybe i;m not a chickpea flour fan...... Thanks

By Lawanya on Sep 7, 2012

:( Hi.i;m a fan of ur website and the nice veg recipes u post.......... i've tried them earlier and they were really good. But this Dhokla thing, well... 8-O being Sri Lankan I have not seen or heard about this food earlier but ur pictures and comments made me wanna try this so i made this in microwave,and by appearance it came out quit well....... almost exactly like the pics but taste wise......... :-? i dunno weather its due to my "not so fondness" to gram flour, i didn't like it.and nor my hubby........infact he told me never to make this again and it taste like ___@#$& :roll: Sorry if i offend u all regarding this Indian delicacy...... Dhokla is not for me..... but i;m planning to have a go for this at one of the INdian restaurants here, to see weather its just my cooking or general Dhokla taste anyway.thanks for ur blog....... i follow it often.. :-o

Hey - nothing to apologize for. Its not a requirement to like all the cuisines now, is there? :). But just making sure few details - Was it spongy (and cooked?). Its usually did you steam it using your M/W? --DK

By pari on Sep 1, 2012

its fantastic..yummy,mindblowing.. but i cant understand the use of step 7's two lines.plz tell me why we use oil and water.

By ROhit Solanki on Aug 31, 2012

I will Try it tomorrow Morning.

By shweta on Aug 17, 2012

i followed this recipe and the result was excellent!

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By faiza on Jul 20, 2012

yes yes yes i made it n its very tasty n puffy

And that enthusiasm speaks for me :) Thank you --DK

By arab faiza on Jul 15, 2012

I'm from mauritius what is eno

By Fxs on Jul 4, 2012

I see that u use soda and eno. What if I skipped just the soda and let just the besan/curd/water mixture rest for an hour? How would my end product differ? I will still use eno as suggested...

By Shilpa M on Jun 2, 2012

Must say that your recipe and method helped me for the first time to prefect the art of making fine, soft and tasty Dhoklas and my family and friends kept raving about it for quite long. Staying far away from India, this was a nice experience of enjoying our beautiful cusine. :-P

By rachna on May 29, 2012

I don't have a baking dish, rather I have idli moulds. Can I use them? Saw one of my aunt using them. Can I use microwave for cooking dhoklas?

By neetu on May 28, 2012

this website looks great with the pictures. Can you describe again what to do for an alternative if I don't have cooker accesories for this. How can I do it in a kadai? Also, is there an alternative for Eno? I don't have Eno.

By Venus on May 2, 2012

Thank you do very much for sharing this receipe. My dhoklas has come out great!

By arif on Apr 14, 2012

I have a doubt regarding Eno (green colour fruit lime).Thanks a lot !!! Where can I get this? is it the same eno which we get on medical store???

By Riya on Apr 12, 2012

Hi, For me making Dhokla was like rocket science...until i found your the very first attempt my husband loved it and now it on the menu practically every week. Thank you..

By meenu on Mar 20, 2012

when we eat the markets dhokla it consists of some water in it just like sweet and salted liquid.what is that nd how it can be prepared.

By Sangeetha on Mar 15, 2012

:) Thanks DK. Will reduce turmeric next time and mix citric acid, oil, salt, sugar, green chili paste and turmeric powder very well... guess that might be the reason... why turmeric reacted with the soda... thanks a ton... :)

By Sangeetha on Mar 14, 2012

It tasted wonderful However i noticed red spots here and there when it was made, and the color of Dhokla was not that bright. :( Please tell me what did i do wrong so that i can do it better next time :)

I read somewhere that a reaction between turmeric and soda makes it red. may be try reducing the turmeric next time? --DK

By Annie on Feb 13, 2012

i too use Eno lime 8) 8)

By Nandini on Feb 12, 2012

Hi, i am unable to find Enu fruit, but most of the shops has Eno lime can i use the same? pleas suggest......

I dont have an idea having never seen Eno Lime myself. But if its also a fruit salt (with Lime flavor) then I think its worth a try - the taste might differ..--DK

By annie on Feb 8, 2012

bhavna u can add baking soda in d place of eno. n njoy ur dhokla.. :idea:

By Bhavna on Feb 8, 2012

I live in Paris, and I follow ur website very frequently. I make dhokla very often, though the suji version. I use Eno, but I have run out of it. Is there a substitute i can use instead ? please let me know at the earliest, I'd like to make it this evening if possible.

By Annie on Feb 6, 2012

after u bake dhokla add full 2 cups of water mixed sugar, salt and lemon. let the dhokla soak dis water for 15 minutes at least. den it will become a proper khaman dhokla. spongy spongy... people try my tip also. it will work.

By Rani on Jan 28, 2012

:) all can try this

By Rani on Jan 28, 2012

:) very nice expecting more recipe from you

By Achusammas on Jan 24, 2012

i love ur presentation

By chef mayu on Jan 14, 2012

:-P thanks to share your recipe.I got great experience thanks lot

By Rohini on Jan 10, 2012

I tried making dhoklas for the first time and it turned out to be so soft and yummy.. yours is the perfect recipe. :)

By lakshmi krishna on Jan 7, 2012

hi, my kids love chaat items so recently couple of times i tried this dhokla recipe both the time it returned out well,thanx.also i asked my friends to try this.looking for more of ur chaat recipes.

By Smitha on Jan 5, 2012

Hey, thx a lot lot...... For the perfect Dhokla recipe. I made it yday n wow they turned really yum. I fooled my hubby that i bought it from outside n guess wat he thought it was true.Its my hubbys fav dish.My earlier attempts with dhokla was ok dokey kind of.

By Sam on Dec 12, 2011

Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe. Wanted to know if there is any substitute or a US based option for 'Eno'. I havent found one where I live yet. Thanks Again. Looking forward to making this soon once I have this figured out!

You can try it with equal parts of citric acid and baking powder which is precisely what Eno is composed of. I havent tried with this personally though. I am in the US too and found ENO in the local Indian Store. Most of the Indian Groceries should carry it. Hopefully it works out well for you.

By Rachana Vasavada on Nov 18, 2011

:-P yipeee...finally i made it...thanx a lot u r simply amazing ,yr recipe helps me a lot ...

By Thamarai on Nov 3, 2011

DK, Could you help to make step number 3 simpler please? I tried reading it a few times, but do not quite understand what to do. Maybe too many 'plates', 'thalis' and 'pan' words used? :) if I am using a pressure cooker, is the process the same? Thanks a ton! Khaman Dhokla is one of my all time favorite receipes. I am quite against frozen food, but this is the only item I buy from the frozen section because I love the taste but never could make it properly. But your recipe is giving me hope! :):)

By ruhina on Aug 14, 2011

I am going to prepare this recipe today , i guess it come out correctly.

By Anusha on Jul 26, 2011

I made this recipe and it came out real good and yummy... instead of using cooker I used Microwave just for 3-4 mins for the dhokla to be prepared...Thanks for posting the Recipy... I made green chutney as a side...

By Deepti on Jul 9, 2011

Loved it! Just made Khaman Dhokla with the help of your recipe and the dhoklas were perfect :)

By Asmita on Jun 20, 2011

Thanks for such a nice and easy recipe for khaman dhokla. I had tried it many times, but it never turned out to be so nice. But with your recipe, it was much better. Only thing I would like to suggest is that the dhoklas become more spongy if we add 2-3 tbs. of semolina along with besan. :)

By Shubha on May 24, 2011

Hi, i have been looking for a good recipe. In the due process, bumped upon your site and guess what i did make dhoklas using your recipe. They turned out great!!! Thanks. I would like to share this recipe in my blog with a link to your post. let me know if you are OK with it. :-P

Oh sure :) --DK

By Ila Shukla on Apr 29, 2011

Can you suggest how to use rice cooker to make dhoklas? thanks!

By Naims on Feb 27, 2011

People...! Dont go in search for any more dhokla recipes!!! This ones the best..I am a total beginner in cooking!!!I made by first attempt at cooking with this recipe and it was a pure success..Im so happy..Thanx a lot for the recipe! :) :)

Thanks for the kind word. Means a lot :)

By akiaa on Feb 26, 2011

:-| I made your dhoklas today..that was my first ever attempt to make came out yummy..though look was nt like yours!But a question,it had turned out red.Can you tell me what could be the reason?My eno fruit salt had gone past the expiry date,could it be because of that?

I read somewhere that a reaction between turmeric and soda makes it red. may be try reducing the turmeric next time?

By farhi on Feb 18, 2011

I made dhokla today and it came out really good. i was looking for this recipe for a long time and i couldn't find it anywhere...Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe..Keppe up the good work..God Bless You.

By bharathi on Feb 1, 2011

thanx a million for this lovely recipe cos ve been desperately searching for this since i always make dhoklas with ready mix that i get but the results have never betrayed me though making it urself does a lot of difference to ur satisfaction.would love to get those chutney recipes too taanx DK

By sumegha on Feb 1, 2011

i have made dhoklas using this recipe several times and it always comes out perfect.. thank you for sharing this great recipe :-)

By shreya on Dec 15, 2010

hi.. how to do this recipe in conventional oven. can u suggest at which temperature & for how many mins i should keep the mixture in oven? thank you :-P

By Ruchi on Nov 30, 2010

I am going to try this recipe today... hope it comes out as fluffy and spongy as yours! Have eaten some of the best dhoklas while growing up in Bombay...

By medha on Nov 29, 2010

Thanks you so much.. finally i was satisfied with my dhokla your explanation is wonderful good work

By Manjii on Oct 5, 2010

Followed your recipe and even after 25minutes batter is sticking to knife

I am not sure why since its hard to say whats wrong without seeing what else you did/did not do- try steaming for some more time

By Karishma on Sep 23, 2010

Hi! I made this last night and it was fantastic. It was super light and fluffy just as you said it would be. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

By Sree on Sep 22, 2010

I made dhokla following the recipe and it came out wonderfully fluffy and yumy. Thanks a lot for sharing a foolproof recipe for dhokla.

By Radhika Shetty on Aug 2, 2010

Hi DK, Planning to try this recipe tomorrow & just had a doubt, do we need to use sesame seeds & chopped green chillies for seasoning in addition to the other tempering ingredients mentioned? The tempering ingredient list doesn't mention about these. But, you have mentioned it in the method. Please clarify. Thanks, Radhika.

You can use them if you want to - its totally optional depending on your taste buds. You can skip them too :)

By leena on Jul 27, 2010

u r right search of dhokala recipe rally ends here.i try a lot recipes but not like them.but just looking at ur perfect pic i have to say u rkhamn are very good like hotelone.thanx i will ty today only.

By Scorpion on Jul 23, 2010

Thank you very much for this easy recipie! The texture of the dhoklas was very nice and the taste too! Besides it's rather quick to make!

By Reshma on Jun 30, 2010

Awesome Site!! Keep up the Good Work!!

By Madhuri on Jun 14, 2010

Dhivi, The first picture of this post has been stolen here - Please do the needful. Luv Madhuri

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By soni on Apr 24, 2010

hi i tried ur dholka recipe unfortunately it didnt turn out well,infact it turned red :roll:

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By Taj on Apr 2, 2010

Just to tell u thank you for the easy recipe. Since I tried the recipe, Dhoklas came out well, ur demonstrating with picture is too good and I was able to catch up technique. U are really doing great with website. I told about ur website to my sis too.

Thank you so much Taj for your feedback. Appreciate it :) --DK

By manju sood on Mar 23, 2010

very good receipe the visuals are amazing thanx

By Suma on Mar 22, 2010

Thanks a lot for the recipe. I tried dhokla for the first time & it came out superb... The images were very helpful in finding out what should the actual batter look like.. Thanks again

Glad to be of help :) --DK

By kannu on Mar 8, 2010

hi what can be the subsitute for eno??

Try using equal amounts of Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid to substitute for ENO since Fruit salt is made of these ingredients. Hope this helps :) --DK

By Mila on Feb 21, 2010

My husband loves dhoklas and his standard is the ones they make at Bombay Chowpatty fast food outlets in the malls. I've been trying and trying to find the right recipe that would replicate the Bombay Chowpatty ones but the results have been quite flat :( I'm going to give this one a shot and hope it meets his standards ;P Thank you for sharing this!

By BHUVANESHWARI on Feb 4, 2010

hi divya first of all thanks for accepting my facebook invite. Secondly i was looking at the mail that u had sent me as i have subscribed for ur regular updates. Now that my brain has dried out literally i thought of going thru your recipes for a nice weekend snack cum tummy-filling recipe and voila :) i found 2 dhoklas. when i was a teenager i had tried the khaman dhokla which came out well i mean from the cooker plate :lol: as it did not look like i am trying for the first time, but it was not that spongy. :( I must tell you that i made my mom and dad believe this is the real khaman dhokla as i also thought so. :-? Now that i have got the right recipe, iam going to try it this weekend and make my hushand believe that this is the real khaman dhokla. :mrgreen:

Hahahahahaha I had a good laugh at this! I know what you mean! I can be accused of doing something similar in the past too! But try this - it will sure become the "real" deal soon! Take it from me, you will cos I did too ;) --DK

By bharathi on Feb 4, 2010

i have always used instant dhokla mix which i should agree gives me good results but never will it match the joy of making them using ingredients at home sure gonna try them thanks

By chaitanya on Feb 1, 2010

:-D :-D ...this is 1st time im making this dish ... that tooo gujarati ones. im in luv with dhokla........thank u for showing this recipe was perfect ....

By Vandana Borkar on Jan 23, 2010

Today, Sunday, we have tried this receipe and its a superb, I do visit this site when my hubby`s LapTee is at home. Thanks Vandana

Thanks Vandana :) --DK

By Anu on Jan 5, 2010

Thanks for the recipie, I followed the steps and realized the author has not given salt as an ingredient. I needed a little more sugar for taste. But otherwise a fantastic quick recipie. Thanks

Hi Anu, thanks for the feedback. Yes, I had overlooked mentioning the salt in the ingredients list - have updated it now. Appreciate you pointing it out to me. --DK :)

By vinaya on Dec 29, 2009

Hello chefinyou, I tried this recipe out today and the dhokla turned out absolutely superb! This is the first dhokla recipe which has worked for me..the rest came out big disasters!thanks a ton!

Thank you Vinaya. I am glad you loved it. Its a fav. recipe in my family too :) --DK

By Sudha on Dec 22, 2009

I came to your site searching for dhokla recipe.I have tried other sites but the result was not fluffy as in the shops. But your recipe is Bingo! exactly as I wanted Really!! Thanks a lot !

Thank you Sudha. Even after many 'not-so-great' dhokla recipes this recipe did it! It was perfect for us too. I am glad you liked it too :) --DK

By Rashmi on Dec 16, 2009

Hi! Nice looking dhoklas! I tried them out exactly the way you have elucidated. It looked perfect, was able to make squares out of them, except that it was sticking to the palate while eating them. Do you think you could tell me what went wrong, or what needs to be added/reduced to lift them up a bit, and make them feel like the GITs instant dhokla types? Thanks!

Did it cook sufficiently enough? From what you say, it still looks like the batter was not cooked sufficiently. The result should be spongy and airy which will not stick to the palate. Did you try inserting a knife or skewer in the dough to check it done? Was it clean? Did you try inserting in 2-3 places on the batter to see uniform cooking? This is the best recipes I have tried for dhokla which comes out perfect - like the shops - see if the above queries help --DK

By celina on Nov 19, 2009

:-P Really good way to describe the receipe with photos. I must say "Thanks".

By Kavita on Nov 16, 2009

Hello again, Thank you so much for your response. wanted to ask you if you have ever tried khatta Dhokla (white) i am looking for a recipe,and would love to know if you have one, and ofcourse if you could post it. I believe its made from urad dal and rice and using yogurt to ferment. I have eaten it in India.

Hi Kavita, yes I have tried Khatta Dhokla. I have written your request down, will surely post the recipe soon at Chef In You and intimate you when I do the same. Thank you :)

By Kavita on Nov 7, 2009

Hi, Very well explained recipe. looks delish, i am going to try it, just curious about steaming in a rice cooker how does that work? would you be so kind as to explain . thank you

Thank you Kavita. As far as steaming goes in a rice cooker, its the same as in a pressure cooker. Add some water to the rice cooker - use a steamer to steam your food. In this particular case, I couldnt use a steamer since it has holes in it and will not hold my batter. So I used a cake pan. Rice cooker has a setting called 'Steam' and you cook at that setting until your Dhokla reaches the desired level of 'done'ness. I hope this is what you were asking for.

By Deepa on Nov 7, 2009

hay very nice recipe i love dhokala and i tried this recipe works very good thanks for lovely recipe . !!!!!

By Neelam on Oct 5, 2009

Khaman Dhokla looks delicious. The pictures are great! I am going to try this recipe.

By Jul on Aug 4, 2009

Hi, I just discovered your blog through Mahanandi. This looks utterly delicious, love the colours and spices and the fluffiness. I would like to try this but not sure what you mean by curd - do you mean curd cheese? Could I use yogurt instead? And what is citric acid and Eno powder? Is it that powder for gastric pains? (when i was a kid, there were these ads for Eno, i think, on TV). Thanks!

Hi Jul :) Glad to have you here. Yes It is Yogurt only not curd cheese (Indians call it curd). Surprisingly it is indeed Eno the one we use for gastric pains too. It works very well. Citric acid is to give it a acidity which you can very well get from Lemon juice. Just use a little more than the specified citric acid powder in the recipe. It should work equally well too. The result is mind blowing sponginess if everything came together well :) Hope this helps

By Divya Vikram on Aug 1, 2009

They look so perfect Dhiv. Never thought of steaming it in a rice cooker.

By meeso on Aug 1, 2009

Gorgeous pictures, looks so yummy!

By nags on Aug 1, 2009

beautiful pics DK! I have to try this sometime, for sure!

By jyothi on Jul 31, 2009

Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe. I always wondered how to make such a fluffy dhokla. tried two or three times but they were not so spongy.. Now i ll try again with this method and ingredients.. I am sure i needn't buy dhokla from outside next time..

By Lakshmi Venkatesh on Jul 31, 2009

Looks great. As usual nice presentation. This month I am hosting A.W.E.D German in my blog. Please do participate. I will be announcing it today.

By Lata Raja on Jul 31, 2009

Whoaw!! there is nothing like this! your pictures speak..

By shyam on Jul 31, 2009

Beautiful, beautiful photos! Thanks Shyam :) - Dee

By Srivalli on Jul 31, 2009

Dhivi...I was really wondering at your silence if you did or not...girl you enjoyed and didn't even let a word out...:))..look great!..mine is just going to be out right now!

I got real busy Valli - thats why could not update. I made them the next day of our chat when I was in the middle of a con call and I couldnt respond to you on time. After that its been hectic ever since. These were indeed great Valli - thanks for such a delicious recipe. Hugs - DK

By Poornima on Jul 31, 2009

Wow...great the step by step illustration. The dhoklas have come out perfect.

By chakhlere on Jul 31, 2009

wow!! Those look so yummy and fluffy!! Grt snaps!!

By Pavani on Jul 31, 2009

Yummy looking Dhoklas and perfect pictures.

By Ramya Kiran on Jul 31, 2009

Wow, they look perfect! Mouth watering clicks..

By Divya on Jul 31, 2009

Dhoklas look spongy and fluffy DK..Love the step by step pics.I too cooked/steamed it in my baking tin:)

By prathibha on Jul 31, 2009

nice step by step pics...looks yummy

By jayasree on Jul 31, 2009

Lovely step by step pics. Perfect spongy dhoklas.

By PARI on Jul 31, 2009

Hi! I guess I am first time here. Very well explained step by step description of the Dhokla. I too made them check it out.

sure I will :) - DK