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Steamed Dhokla

A popular Gujarati snack, dhokla is one of the most loved snack across the country that is made in various ways. This dhokla recipe is a quick and easy one that is delicious as well as healthy! A recipe that is steamed and made in just 30 minutes, using besan with a colourful, chili tempering.

Dhokla is made with gram flour, however one can also make it from Suji. A besan batter consisting of citric acid, salt and turmeric is mixed with baking powder and steamed to perfection.

Dhokla can be served for breakfast as well as a light snack in the evening along with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Best enjoyed as it is however you can serve along with some green chutney or green chilli.


  • 1 Cup gram flour (besan)
  • 1 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt as per taste
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Water (to make batter)
  • 1 tbsp fruit salt/ baking powder (dissolved in water)

For the Tempering:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 Dried red chilli
  • 7-8 Curry leaves

How to make steamed Dhokla?

  1. In a bowl mix gram flour, citric acid, salt, sugar and turmeric. Add water and make it into a smooth batter with medium thick consistency.
  2. In a glass add the fruit salt or baking powder. Add water to it and pour this into the dhokla mixture..
  3. Grease the steaming tin with 2 drops of oil and pour the mixture into it. Steam for about 15-20 minutes or till cooked.
  4. In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies. Let it splutter.
  5. Pour the tadka over the prepared dhokla.
  6. Cut into pieces and serve.

Key Ingredients: 

Gram flour (besan), citric acid, sugar, salt, turmeric, Water (to make batter), fruit salt/ baking powder (dissolved in water), oil, mustard seeds, Dried red chilli, Curry leaves.

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