• Amita Makwana

Gujarati Khaman

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

What is Khaman Dhokla?

Khaman Dhokla is a popular snack from Gujrat in India.  Made with besan also known as gram flour or channa dal flour. A batter is made using gram flour and water. It’s mildly flavored with green chillies and ginger and then steamed to make a soft and spongy cake. Flavored with lemon juice and ginger, these bites are garnished with tempered mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. Sprinkle some cilantro and / or coconut shreds and serve it with Cilantro Chutney.

Traditionally the batter for recipe is fermented and then steamed in a cooker. However what I love about this Khaman Dhokla recipe is that it when your crunched on time this comes together quickly, because it can be made in a microwave or a large batch in the oven. It’s a perfect medley of flavors – savory, mildly sweet and tangy.  It’s got just the right consistency between a cake and a bread. 

Ingredients -


  • 1 cup besan / gram flour

  • 2 chilli, finely chopped

  • ¼ tsp turmeric

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp oil

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ tsp eno


  • 3 tsp oil

  • 1 tsp mustard

  • 2 chilli, slit cup water

Instructions -

  • firstly, in a large mixing bowl sieve 1 cup besan.

  • add ¼ tsp turmeric, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp oil.

  • prepare a smooth batter adding 1 cup of water or as required.

  • additionally, add ½ tsp of eno fruit salt. you can alternatively use a pinch of baking soda.

  • immediately steam the dhokla batter for 15 minutes.

  • further, cut the dhokla and pour tempering.

  • garnish the dhokla with chopped coriander leaves.

  • finally, serve instant khaman dhokla with green chutney and tamarind chutney.

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