Dhokla is a popular Indian snack that is made from fermented chickpea flour (besan). It is steamed and typically served with chutney. Here’s a basic recipe for making dhokla:


  • 1 cup besan (chickpea flour)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-green chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Eno fruit salt (or 1/2 teaspoon baking soda)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2-3 green chilies, slit
  • A few curry leaves
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (for garnishing)
  • Grated coconut (for garnishing)
  • Sev (thin gram flour noodles) (for garnishing)


  1. In a mixing bowl, add besan, yogurt, water, ginger-green chili paste, lemon juice, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well to form a smooth batter. Make sure there are no lumps in the batter. Set it aside for 15-20 minutes to allow it to ferment.
  2. After the batter has fermented, add Eno fruit salt (or baking soda) to the batter and mix gently. The batter will become frothy.
  3. Grease a steamer plate or a round cake pan with oil.
  4. Pour the batter into the greased plate or pan. Fill it up to about 3/4th of the plate, leaving room for the dhokla to rise.
  5. Heat water in a steamer or a large pot. Place the plate or pan with the batter in the steamer and cover it with a lid.
  6. Steam the dhokla on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the dhokla comes out clean. Make sure not to overcook it, as it can become dry.
  7. Once the dhokla is cooked, remove it from the steamer and let it cool for a few minutes.
  8. In a small pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter. Then add asafoetida, green chilies, and curry leaves. Sauté for a few seconds.
  9. Pour this tempering over the dhokla and spread it evenly.
  10. Cut the dhokla into desired shapes (squares or diamonds) using a knife.
  11. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves, grated coconut, and sev.

Your dhokla is ready to be served. It can be enjoyed with green chutney, tamarind chutney, or even as it is. Enjoy this delicious and healthy snack!

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