Instant Khaman Dhokla In a Microwave …


Khaman Dhokla is one of the most famous & popular low cal and nutritious morning snack from the Indian state of Gujarat . Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish or as a snack. It is easily available in most of the sweet shops in India .
Khaman Dhokla is made using gram flour with salt, sugar, citric acid and water. The batter is then steamed, cut into squares and tempered with mustard seeds
& served with deep fried chillies and chutney made of coriander. It is garnished with coriander and often with grated coconut.

Now a days thanks to Microwave , One can easily prepare soft and spongy instant Dhokla in less than 20 minutes . The secret of its sponginess and no requirement of advance preparation lies in using fruit salt. You will see how easy it is to make mouth watering traditional khaman at home.
Today I am sharing this easy recipe with you all @ Angie’s Fiesta Friday …

Here is what you need for the recipe :

Besan (Gram Flour) – 1/2 cup
Thick yogurt – 1/4 cup
Lime juice – 1Tbsp
Oil – 2Tbsp
Sugar – 2Tbsp
Mustard seeds – 2 tsp
Green Chilies (Slitted) 4 or 5 OR as per taste
Salt as per the taste ( I used 1tsp)
fruit salt / Eno – 1 tbsp

Method :

In a bowl mix gram flour , yogurt , 1/2 tbsp lime juice, 1tbsp sugar, salt, 1 tbsp oil and mix well.
Now add water la little at a time to make a smooth paste (Paste should not be very thick nor very watery). Keep aside.

Grease a microwave safe bowl with some oil.
The microwave safe dish for Dhokla should not be very big (try to take a square box which is approximately 3-4″ in height and 6-7″ wide), otherwise the Dhokla will not rise well.
Now add the fruit salt to the mix and give a nice quick stir , pour it in the greased container (don’t fill the dish right till the top )

Immediately microwave it on high for about 4-5 minutes. Microwaves power vary hence after 5 mins keep checking the center of the Dhokla with a knife till the knife comes clean . When done keep aside for cooling. ( In my microwave it took 5 mins to cook at 1000 watts )

For the Tampering :-

In a pan add remaining oil and once the oil is heated add mustard seeds till they splitter .
Now add green chillies to this oil and fry them for a min .
Now add 3/4 cup of water to this chili , mustard oil and bring it to a boil .
As soon as it is boiled add 1 tbs sugar and a pinch of salt and give it a mix.
Take the pan out of the flame and Add lime juice .

Cut the cooled Dhokla into small pieces (or as per your choice).
Pour the entire tampering on to the dhokla & give it a rest for 10 minutes so that the Dhokla absorbs all the water .
Once the water is absorbed its ready to serve.
I like to serve Dhoklas with Green Cilantro / Mint chutney

Note :

You have to be very fast after adding Fruit salt to the batter.
Mold should be of proper shape n size as per the quantity.
Please don’t over microwave it, as it may become dry n hard.
Let it completely cool down before adding tampering.


  1. I love making dhokla but usually steam it and use semolina. This recipe was easy but my end result really flopped. It was too salty and I only used one teaspoon in the batter. Isn’t the tablespoon measurement rather too big for such a small quantity?

      1. Sorry to have to ask again, but I am OK with the ENO’s (I think that was fine)- I am referrring to the other ingredients, like sugar, salt and whether the tablespoons indicated are too much? The batter before microwaving just looked fine, but after the 5 min. the whole thing just sank horribly and was very salty. If I used 1 tbsp. table
        salt it would have been too much, I only used 1 tsp. salt

      2. Aunty the Dhokla looks flat after it comes out of the microwave that is why we add 3/4 cup of water along with sugar and tempering and leave it for 3 to 4 mins so that it becomes spongy and the sugar and lime / lemon juice added with the boiling water in the tempering adjusts the salt and other seasoning . Hope this help . This is tried and tested recipe not just my me but some of other readers who follows my blog and so far everyone is happy with the result .

  2. I love trying recipes with gram flour, but have only made a Burmese recipe ( which looks like this one but more tofu like in texture ). Your photos look so good and delicious, I’m going to look for fruit salt and try this recipe! Thank you for bringing these to Fiesta Friday! 😀

  3. For me that’s a really unusual snack. Bet it tastes great. And I have those ingredients, excepting fruit salt that I’ve never heard of. I’m just heading to Google land now to find out what it is as I’ll be shopping at a small International store tomorrow and will look for it then. Really delicious recipe! Oh, is it possible to bake this instead?

      1. Apparently it’s possible to cook it in a sort of steam bath, on the hob/stove. Although, a steamer would be easier by the sounds of things. I’ll have a look around and try and buy something suitable. It does sound delicious!

      2. Oh you can totally steam it . Traditionally they are steamed in a steamer for 10 mins or till done in a round steel plates . Steamer is called Dhokla steamer and easily available online . Hope it helps .

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