Instant Dhokla

Dhokla is a vegetarian culinary dish that is made in the Indian State of Gujarat and also in the areas near to it. Though the original way of making it has fermentation process, the recipe I have shared today is the instant way of making it.

When you have friends from Gujarat, it’s quite normal that you will start loving dhokla, dabheli etc.., Iam one such person who have Gujarati friends and lover of popular Gujarati dishes. Dhoklas are generally soft, fluffy, mildly tangy and sweet at the same time and it is served with green chutney.

The method I have shared today is the instant way of making dhokla from gram flour/besan. Normally dhoklas are made in steamer. Since I didn’t have steamer, I used idli stand to make it since it follows the same process. When I was making it, I got an idea to try with little batter in microwave oven too.

The difference I noticed with the idli stand one and the microwave one is that the microwave one was not as spongy as the idli stand one. The idli stand dhokla’s were so soft and spongy. If you are making it in microwave, you can add half tsp of more eno to the quantity mentioned in the ingredients.

On coming to eno, use blue color eno bottle since it doesn’t have any flavor. I used the orange one as I had it already at home.

Dhokla can be eaten as a breakfast, as a main course, as a snack or as a side dish. It is a healthy dish except for people with diabetics.

Do make and enjoy this easy-to-make instant dhoklas❤


1 cup=200 ml.

For dhokla batter:

  • Gram flour/ Besan- 1 and a half cup
  • Semolina/ Rava/ Sooji- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger chilli paste- paste of 1/2 inch ginger and 1 chilli
  • Turmeric powder- 2 to 3 pinch
  • Asafoedita powder- 1 to 2 pinch
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Eno- 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar- 1 tsp
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp

For tempering:

  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • White sesame seeds- 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Green chilli- 3 ( slit lengthwise)
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Asafoedita powder- pinch
  • Sugar- 2 tsp
  • Salt- 1/4th tsp

For garnishing:

  • 2 to 3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of grated coconut.


Move 1 and a half cups of gram flour/besan in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp of semolina/ rava/sooji.
Add the ginger chilli paste, turmeric powder, asafoedita powder, salt.
Add 1 tsp of lemon juice.
Then 1 tsp of sugar.
Add 1 tbsp of oil.
Add 1 cup of water and whisk to form a smooth thick batter yet flowing with no lumps. The quantity of water depends on the quality of gram flour/besan. I added 1 and one-fourth cup of water.
Thick batter yet flowing with no lumps. Grease well the idli plates a microwave bowl with oil.
Add half tsp of eno.

Gently mix it evenly throughout the batter.
Perfect consistency. Batter is ready. I divided the batter between idli plate and microwave oven.
Now pour the batter in greased idli plate moulds. Place it in the idli maker and steam it from 10 to 12 minutes in medium flame till it is cooked completely.
It is cooked completely. Toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
To microwave, grease a microwave-safe bowl well with oil.
Pour some batter in it and microwave it in high for 2 minutes till it is cooked completely. The time to microwave depends on the quantity of batter poured to microwave.
Once out from microwave and cooked completely. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
Then invert it in a plate.

To temper:

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Once mustard seeds splutter, add cumin seeds, sesame seeds, green chilli, curry leaves and a pinch of asafoedita powder. Let the asafoedita powder doesn’t burn.
Add 1/4th cup of water
Add 1 tsp of lemon juice.
Add 2 tsp of sugar.
Add 1/4th tsp of salt. Once it comes to boil, switch off the flame. Tempering is ready.
Slice the microwave dhokla to pieces. Pour the tempering water over the dhokla.

Garnish with coriander leaves and grated coconut. Ready.


  • Steamed dhokla’s in idli stand are more spongier than the microwave one’s. You can use 1 tsp of eno to make the microwave dhoklas.
  • Use blue color eno bottle.
  • Toothpick test should be done.