Fluffy and Soft Gujarati Khaman

Must say there is something extremely special about Gujarati food. Recently, had a work trip to Ahmedabad must say food is one thing which I relished the most is their soft homemade Khaman Dhokla. Have learnt this from Jinal Bhen, our cook and care taker. Here, is an authentic Khaman Dhokla recipe for you all.

Soft Gujarati Khaman

Soft Gujarati Khaman | Image Resource : spiceupthecurry.com


  • 1 Cup – Water and Channa Dal.
  • 1tbsp. – Ginger – Green Chili Paste and Ghee.
  • 1 tsp. – Eno, Oil for greasing and Lemon Juice.
  • 1/8 tsp. – Turmeric Powder.
  • 2 tbsp. – curd.
  • ½ tsp. – mustard seeds, sugar.
  • Handful of finely chopped coriander and green chilies.
  • Pinch of salt and asafetida.

Method :

  1. Wash chana dal, soak it in water for six hours, drain the water and then grind it into a coarse paste.
  2. Add lemon juice, curd (ensure curd is little sour), salt, sugar, ginger paste  mix these well into the chana dal batter, cover it with a lid and leave it for 5 hours to ferment.
  3. Later, take tray, grease it with oil, pour the batter into the tray and add little eno to the batter before putting it into the steamer.
    Steam it for 10 mins.
  4. Remove the tray, sprinkle water and let it cool.
  5. Meanwhile, take a pan, add ghee, mustard seeds, let them splutter, and then add chilies heat for 2mins.
  6. Then pour this tempering on the dhokla, garnish with coriander and serve.

Note * Steam the dhokla on lower flame as well add eno salt prior steaming to each tray.


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