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Happy Friday to you all!
Have I mentioned how thrilled I am that it’s Friday already? Well, you know me. You all know that I am a Friday girl, and Fridays are my favorite days, and I am kinda super excited for Fridays.
If it was in my control to choose which day I want today or any other day to be, I should have chosen a Friday for all days. But, thank god that cannot be done. It’s because I am so happy that days are not in my control, otherwise life would have been so monotonous. And then I wouldn’t have appreciated these Fridays as much as I do now.
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But I still wish that Friday should come whenever I like! This way I can get much sleep, and when I am done with my sleep thing, then I should get other days too! 😉 Hehehe, that’s silly I know.
So the point of telling all this about Friday was that I wanted to make you all feel how excited I am about Fridays. Friday fever is in the air and I am breathing this air which brings Fridays. So I feel good on Fridays and when I feel good, I do good. And this involves making a good recipe too. Thus, this Friday’s good dish is really a good and authentic dish.
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Everything about a weekend is so chillaxing. And why not, weekends are meant for enjoyment. So relax and enjoy! This time I will do the same in kitchen — chillaxing. I will cook super quick food and enjoy it. And ‘Khaman Dhokla’ is one such dish which appears in my mind first when it comes to quick and tasty food I can enjoy throughout the day.
So here I am sharing ‘Gujarati Khaman Dhokla in 2 styles’.
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And what exactly is Gujarati Khaman Dhokla?
Khaman dhokla is a dish common in the Indian state of Gujarat.
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The texture of Dhoklas are so soft and spongy and undeniably they look very appealing to eat — almost too pretty to eat. A savory, sweet, tangy and mildly spiced steamed cake is all you need to start a beautiful day. Plus, this recipe is super easy, super simple that anyone can easily make. No rocket science in here! 😉
Hehehe, all I want to say that this is very easy recipe to create if you follow these basic steps properly.
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Seriously, I have never met a single person who says that I don’t like Dhokla. I mean, they are just so delish. Once you taste this, you will know why everyone’s is crazy about this mouth-watering snack.
Traditional method of making this mighty snack involves the use of freshly ground chickpea flour or gram flour. But people use readymade flour these days. This cake is made in a steel or plastic pan. And today I am sharing two styles of making dhokla. Along with traditional way, I am sharing one more adorable, vibrant, delicious and healthy way of making khaman dhoklas. And that is capsicum khaman dhokla.
Although this is a Gujarati snack, it has become increasingly popular across whole India. If you visit India this snack will be everywhere. So it’s become a national snack now. You can find this at almost every local eatery. I would even say that, after samosa, Dhokla has gained popularity worldwide.
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One of my Mom’s friend is from Gujarat, and my Mom learnt this authentic recipe from her. Eventually, I got this recipe from my Mom. So I can claim that this recipe is 100% authentic.
This particular recipe includes the addition of fruit salt, citric acid to the batter, and water to the tempering. These are the only few main factors which make the super-soft and spongy dhokla. Add tempering 5 minutes before serving, so the dhokla soaks the tempering and get fluffier. Those who know how authentic dhoklas taste, they would give you 10/10 for this preparation.
With this recipe you can learn how to make Dhokla at home with quicker & easier method. They are instant and you can make these Dhoklas in less than 30 minutes. Really Khaman dhokla is very quick and almost fuss free. Plus, it tastes heavenly.
This hearty, healthy Khaman Dhokla is so full of my favorite things. This is a steamed recipe, so it is very low in calories. Which means it has health benefits too.
This dhokla is the perfect breakfast snack to warm you up on a cold autumn morning. Believe me, it couldn’t be simpler than this. Have a cup of tea/coffee and you are all set to go on a beautiful journey. Simply prepare the batter and steam it.
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Make tempering and pour this over dhoklas and cut them into pieces.
This is also called besan dhokla. This is usually served with a chutney as a dip. Khaman Dhokla can be served as breakfast, brunch, side dish, and as an all time snack.
But this dhokla can also be savoured as a main course dish, like I do.
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I am a BIG dholka sucker. I can have this for all my meals. The dhokla is tasty and filler too that I don’t feel like having anything else with this. SO this is best for main course, of course. 😉
So let’s learn to make ‘Gujarati Khaman Dhokla in 2 styles.
Take a mixing bowl. Add chickpea flour, sugar, salt, turmeric powder, citric acid/lemon juice. Add ¾ cup of water and whisk well to get a thick and smooth batter. Prepare pressure cooker or steamer. Boil water in a steamer.
Add the fruit salt/soda to the batter just before steaming and mix lightly until batter is light and fluffy.
Grease container. Pour the mixture immediately and spread evenly by rotating the container clockwise. Fill the container 3/8, like we do for cake baking. Steam in a steamer for 12-15 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked.
Insert a toothpick to check if Dhaka is cooked, if it comes out clean than dhokla is ready. If not, steam for few more minutes. Keep aside.
Pour 3 tbsp of the khaman dhokla batter into each of the 4 capsicum halves and steam in a steamer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the steamer and allow the capsicum to cool slightly. Cut each capsicum halve into 2 pieces vertically and keep aside.
Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds, green chillies, and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Add 1 glass water, sugar, salt, lemon juice and mix well. Let it come to a boil, and remove from heat. Pour the tempering over the prepared dhoklas and spread it evenly. Cut into pieces and serve immediately garnished with onions. And serve with green/red chutney or ketchup.
- chickpea flour/besan - 2½ cup
- sugar - 5 tsp
- turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
- citric acid - ½ tsp, or lemon juice - 1 tsp
- salt to taste ( I used 1 tbsp)
- fruit salt or baking soda - 1 tsp
- bell pepper, halved and deseeded - 2
- oil - 1 tbsp
- water - 1 glass
- mustard seeds - 2 tsp
- sesame seeds - 1 tsp
- green chilies, chopped - 2
- sugar - 1½ tbsp
- pinch of salt
- lemon juice - 1 tsp
- chopped onions
- finely chopped coriander leaves for garnish
- chutney or ketchup
- Take a mixing bowl.
- Add chickpea flour, sugar, salt, turmeric powder, citric acid/lemon juice.
- Add ¾ cup of water and whisk well to get a thick and smooth batter.
- Prepare pressure cooker or steamer. Boil water in a steamer.
- Add the fruit salt/soda to the batter just before steaming and mix lightly until batter is light and fluffy.
- Grease container. Pour the mixture immediately and spread evenly by rotating the container clockwise.
- Fill the container ⅜, like we do for cake baking.
- Steam in a steamer for 12-15 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked.
- Insert a toothpick to check if Dhaka is cooked if it comes out clean then dhokla is ready. If not, steam for few more minutes. Keep aside.
- Pour 3 tbsp of the khaman dhokla batter into each of the 4 capsicum halves and steam in a steamer for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from the steamer and allow the capsicum to cool slightly.
- Cut each capsicum halve into 2 pieces vertically and keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds, green chilies, and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
- Add 1 glass water, sugar, salt, lemon juice and mix well.
- Let it come to a boil, and remove from heat.
- Pour the tempering over the prepared dhoklas and spread it evenly.
- Cut into pieces and serve immediately garnished with onions. And serve with green/red chutney or ketchup.
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Happy Cooking and Keep Sharing! 🙂
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated for comprehensiveness and freshness.