Dhokla Recipe

Dhokla Recipe

20 min
2-3 People
20 min



Let me take you on a journey to the vibrant streets of Gujarat, where every bite tells a story of warmth and generosity. It was during my travels through this colorful state that I first encountered the irresistible aroma of Dhokla wafting from bustling kitchens and roadside stalls. The sweet hospitality of the Gujarati people reflected in their food, with each bite of Dhokla promising a burst of flavor and a touch of tradition. From its simple ingredients to its intricate preparation, Dhokla embodies the essence of Gujarati cuisine, inviting you to savor every moment and indulge in its deliciousness.




Recipe of Dhokla by Chef Ajay Chopra




For Dhokla Batter:

  • 1 & 1/2 cup Besan (Chickpea Flour)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • Water
  • 1 tsp Eno / Fruit Salt
  • Salt, to taste

For Tempering:

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2-3 Green Chillies, halved
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • Handful Curry Leaves
  • Water
  • 2 tbsp Crushed Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt, to taste





For Dhokla:

  1. Prepare the Batter: In a bowl, mix besan, turmeric powder, baking powder, lemon juice, and oil. Gradually add water to make a batter of flowing consistency. Set aside for at least an hour.

  2. Add Leavening Agents: After an hour, add Eno (or fruit salt), a few more drops of lemon juice, and salt to the batter. Mix well. You should notice the batter becoming fluffy.

  3. Steam the Batter: Grease a cake tin with oil and pour the batter into it. Place the tin in a steamer, cover it, and steam for 12-15 minutes until the dhokla is cooked through.

  4. Cut and Soak: Once cooked, remove the dhokla from the cake tin and cut it into square pieces. Pour a generous amount of sugar syrup over the dhokla pieces and let them soak for a few minutes.


For Sugar Syrup:

  1. Prepare Tempering: Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, halved green chillies, sesame seeds, and curry leaves. Saute until aromatic.

  2. Add Water and Sweeteners: Pour water into the pan and add crushed sugar and lemon juice. Mix everything together until the sugar is dissolved.

  3. Finish the Tempering: Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until it slightly thickens. Adjust salt to taste.

  4. Pour over Dhokla: Once the dhokla is ready, pour the prepared sugar syrup over it, allowing the dhokla to absorb the flavors.


Enjoy your Dhokla, a delicious and traditional Gujarati snack, prepared with Chef Ajay Chopra's recipe!




About the Recipe:


Dhokla is a traditional Gujarati snack made from fermented batter primarily consisting of gram flour (besan). This fluffy, savory cake is steamed to perfection and typically served with a tantalizing tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies, topped with a sweet and tangy syrup known as chashni. Dhokla is not just a dish; it's a cultural icon, symbolizing the rich culinary heritage and warm hospitality of Gujarat. Whether enjoyed as a snack, breakfast item, or part of a festive spread, Dhokla never fails to delight the senses with its light texture and harmonious blend of flavors.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Fermentation Time: Allow the batter to ferment for at least 6-8 hours or overnight to achieve a light and fluffy texture.
  2. Consistency of Batter: Ensure that the batter has a smooth and flowing consistency, neither too thick nor too thin, for optimal results.
  3. Steaming Technique: Steam the Dhokla in a well-greased pan or steamer for approximately 15-20 minutes until it is cooked through and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Tempering Process: Prepare the tempering by heating oil or ghee and adding mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies until they splutter, then pour the tempering over the steamed Dhokla for added flavor.
  5. Chashni Preparation: The chashni or syrup should be made with equal parts of water and sugar, flavored with lemon juice and a pinch of salt for a balanced sweet and tangy taste.



Pairing Guide:


Dhokla pairs wonderfully with a variety of accompaniments, enhancing its flavors and adding depth to the dining experience. Here are some delicious pairing options:


  • Green Chutney: Serve with a spicy and tangy green chutney made from mint, coriander, and green chilies for a refreshing contrast.
  • Tamarind Chutney: Enjoy alongside sweet and sour tamarind chutney for a burst of flavor that complements the Dhokla's subtle taste.
  • Fresh Yogurt: Serve with a side of creamy yogurt to balance out the spices and cool the palate.
  • Sliced Vegetables: Accompany with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions for a crunchy and refreshing accompaniment.
  • Masala Chai: Enjoy with a hot cup of masala chai for a comforting and satisfying snack or breakfast.




Frequently Asked Questions about Dhokla:


  1. What is Dhokla?

    • Dhokla is a traditional Gujarati snack made from fermented batter primarily consisting of gram flour (besan), steamed to perfection and typically served with a sweet and tangy syrup known as chashni.
  2. How is Dhokla made?

    • Dhokla is made by fermenting a batter made from gram flour (besan) and other ingredients, steaming it until cooked through, and then garnishing it with a tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies.
  3. What are the ingredients used in Dhokla?

    • The main ingredients used in Dhokla include gram flour (besan), water, yogurt, lemon juice, green chilies, ginger, and baking powder or Eno fruit salt for leavening.
  4. Is Dhokla gluten-free?

    • Yes, Dhokla is naturally gluten-free as it is made from gram flour (besan), which does not contain gluten.
  5. Can I make Dhokla without fermentation?

    • Yes, you can make an instant version of Dhokla using Eno fruit salt or baking powder for leavening instead of fermenting the batter. However, the traditional method involves fermentation for a lighter texture and better flavor.
  6. How long does it take to ferment Dhokla batter?

    • Dhokla batter typically ferments for 6-8 hours or overnight at room temperature, depending on the ambient temperature and humidity levels.
  7. Can I store leftover Dhokla?

    • Yes, you can store leftover Dhokla in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat before serving for the best taste and texture.
  8. What is the origin of Dhokla?

    • Dhokla originated in the Indian state of Gujarat and is a popular snack and breakfast item in Gujarati cuisine.
  9. Is Dhokla healthy?

    • Dhokla is a relatively healthy snack as it is steamed rather than fried, low in calories, and rich in protein and fiber from the gram flour (besan).
  10. Can I make Dhokla spicy?

    • Yes, you can adjust the level of spiciness in Dhokla by adding more green chilies or red chili powder to the batter or tempering according to your taste preferences.