Dhokla Recipe In Cooker with Besan – Video

Dhokla recipe in cooker with or wihout Eno. Steam Khaman (Gram flour – besan) in 30 minute easily. Instant step by step video in Hindi with dhokla images.

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Making Besan Dhokla In Cooker is a pretty simple process. It is an integral part of Gujarati menu and is loved and eaten in almost all parts of India.

We are from Delhi and the north Indian taste is slightly different than the traditional saurasthra Khaman. Served as evening snack along with Aloo Samosa and Tea in Northern sub-continent region, it's a popular party menu item.

There are basically two versions of dhokla: One made from Besan (Gram Flour) and other from Chana Dal (Edible Pulse). Here we present an easy and instant recipe to make Dhokla with Besan (Gram Flour).

Although, besan is a by-product of Chana Dal itself, but the end result tastes a bit different when the ingredient is different!

If the question of how to make dhokla at home with restaurant taste, always makes your head heavy, you are at right place. We have you covered with our tried and tested instructions.

In this recipe, we are using the pressure cooker (without the whistle/weight on cooker lid top) to cook with steaming process. Another, and much faster way is to use Microwave, if you have one, and follow our signature recipe here: Dhokla in Microwave Recipe within 5 minutes.

You can also use special dhokla steamer devices available in market with this recipe. They work in the same manner as a standard cooker with no whistle and hence, there is no need to buy one specially for cooking Khaman.

This recipe also uses ENO (a popular antacid available in Indian grocery store). It is an important ingredient to help the dhokla paste ferment faster. If you do not have one, you can use Citric Acid Salt.
  1. If you do not want to use ENO or Citric Acid Salt, you will have to provide extra fermentation time of about 4 hours for the batter to get ready for steaming.
  2. If you do not want to wait for 4 hours and do NOT want to use ENO either, then use Baking Soda as a substitute. Mix it at the point where we ask you to use Eno in this recipe. Isn't that simple?
    The quantity of Baking Soda should be 1/8th of the quantity of ENO.
Here we present the dhokla preparation images with recipe video in Hindi. You can even print this written recipe.


For Besan Dhokla

  1. 1 Cup Gram Flour Besan
  2. 1/2 Cup Curd Dahi, Yogurt Plain, Non Fat
  3. 1 Number Green Chili 3 Inch Length, Chopped into very small pieces
  4. 1/8 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  5. 1/4 Tsp Salt
  6. 1 Number Ginger Fresh 2 Inch length, Grated into fine paste
  7. 1 Tsp Citric acid Salt Known as Fruit Salt (60% baking soda and 40% Citric acid) or ENO - A brand available in India and ON Indian stores outside India
  8. 1 Tbsp Oil Olive Oil or any other
  9. 1/4 Cup Water Approx 1 Cup = 240 ML

For Dhokla Seasoning

  1. 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds Sarson
  2. 1/2 Tbsp Oil Olive Oil or any other
  3. 4 Number Green Chili 3 Inch Length, Each sliced into two pieces vertically
  4. 1/2 Tbsp Cilantro Chopped into small pieces
  5. 3/2 Tsp White Sugar
  6. 20 Number Curry Leaves
  7. 1 Cup Water Approx 1 Cup = 240 ML


Making Dhokla paste or Batter Prep Time - 2 minutes

  1. Add Gram Flour, Curd and 1/4 Cup (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML) Water in a bowl. Mix it well to remove all visible lumps. Mix it for 1 minute.
    Making Besan paste for Dhokla
    Making Besan paste for Dhokla
  2. Keep aside the bowl for 4 hours to ferment.
    NOTE: This step is optional. You can even use the Gram Flour paste straightaway without waiting for 4 hours. The video does ask you to wait for 4 hours but after experimenting, we found that waiting is not required.
  3. Add rest of the ingredients: Ginger, Salt, Turmeric and Green Chili. Mix well again.
    Adding spices to Dhokla paste
    Adding spices to Dhokla paste
  4. Add 1 Tsp Sugar, 1 Tbsp Oil, ENO (or Fruit Salt) and mix well again. It should take about total of 2 minutes for mixing.
    Adding ENO to Dhokla paste
    Adding ENO to Dhokla paste
  5. Batter is ready. Lets get the Dhokla dish/pan ready.

Preparing Dhokla tray or pan Prep Time – 2 minutes

  1. Take an Aluminium bowl. Grease it with Oil completely from inner side. This Oil quantity is not mentioned in above ingredients. Use the quantity according to the size of your bowl.
    Add dhokla paste to greased pan
    Add dhokla paste to greased pan
  2. Greasing will make sure that Dhokla does not stick to the bowl. Keep the bowl aside.
  3. This mixture is now ready for steaming in pressure cooker.

Steam Besan Dhokla in Cooker Cook Time - 25 minutes

  1. Fill 25% of pressure cooker with water and place 1 small half-filled (with water again) bowl inside it.
    Add water into cooker to steam dhokla
    Add water into cooker to steam dhokla
  2. Water in the small bowl is important to help it stand stable in the outside water. The outside water should not cross the neck of this bowl.
  3. Place the Dhokla's aluminium bowl on top of the small bowl and cover the lid of the pressure cooker (do not put weight/whistle on the lid).
  4. Keep the stove on high flame and steam the Dhokla for 25 minute.
  5. After every 5 minute, check to see if water has not completely evaporated. If this happens, add 2 cups of water again.
  6. After 25 minute, Besan Dhokla would be ready. Switch Off the stove and open the cooker lid.
  7. Take out the Aluminium bowl.
  8. Separate the Dhokla from the corners of the bowl, with the help of a knife.
    Take out dhokla from pan and slice into pieces
    Take out dhokla from pan and slice into pieces
  9. Take it out in a plate. Cut it in small pieces. You can now either use it as it is or use another bowl to invert it back again.
    We do this usually to bring the soft and smooth face on top. It looks good for presentation.To invert, keep the bowl on face and invert using the plate. It should be easy.

Making Dhokla Seasoning Cook Time – 4 minutes

  1. Heat 1/2 Tbsp of Oil in a pan for about 30 seconds on high flame.
    Add mustard seeds with oil to make dhokla tadka
    Add mustard seeds with oil to make dhokla tadka
  2. Add Mustard seeds, Curry leaves and sliced Green chilies. Turn the flame on low.
  3. After 30 seconds, add 1 cup of water. After mixing well, add 1/2 tsp of sugar and chopped coriander leaves. Cook on high flame for about 3 minutes now.
    Let dhokla tadka cook for 3 minutes
    Let dhokla tadka cook for 3 minutes
  4. After 3 minutes, switch off the stove and pour this mixture on the Dhokla pieces evenly.
    Pour dhokla tadka on all pieces evenly
    Pour dhokla tadka on all pieces evenly
  5. Besan Dhokla is now ready to serve. Enjoy!

Letting Seasoning to penetrate (Optional) (Extra Time - 10 minutes)

  1. Keep Dhokla aside for 10 minutes. This will help the seasoning settle down and reach all the corners of dhokla. It would also help moist the internal portions of Dhokla pieces.
  2. After 10 minutes, Besan Dhokla is absolutely ready to enlighten your evening.

 Storage and Serving Suggestions

  1. Dhokla is served at room temperature i.e. not cool or hot, just the same as your room.
  2. It can be refrigerated and consumed for up-to 3 days for best taste and texture. Since, the seasoning contains water, it would make start melting down to a paste if stored for more than 2-3 days.
  3. Do top up each piece of Dhokla with the Green Chili slices (from the seasoning) and the Amchoor chutney.
The besan dhokla in cooker is made in about 30 minute. If you are in hurry and have microwave, you can even make Besan dhokla in just 5 minutes. Yes, it is true and microwave required is just the simple normal microwave i.e. NO baking/convection-mode or any other features required.
  • Parul Singh Chauhan

    The recipie is great n eassy i made this for my one year toddler nd it came out good but not as soft nd sweet as we get in the market ….. May b i left dhokla for longer duration in open before adding tadkda

    • Hi Parul,
      The market’s dhokla is extra soft as they add baking soda to make it extra fluffy. That’s actually not good for health.
      We try to make recipes that are easy on stomach and as close as possible to restaurant taste.

      We are glad you liked it and shared your feedback. Thanks a lot.

      • Parul Singh Chauhan

        Thnx alot sir

  • reema shaikh

    Thanx for this awesome receive. I am newly married wanted to make some simple but tasty receive. And all family members are very glad to see the softest yummy dhokla 🙂

    • Sounds great.
      I am glad that your efforts pays 🙂
      do watch my recipes in future as well.
      Thank you

  • Dayita

    Is aluminum foil necessary? If i keep it open whal will happen?

    • I think you mean aluminium bowl. Right?

      Yes, aluminium bowl is recommend because of the heating factor.

      You can even use any microwave/oven safe bowl if you don’t have the aluminium one.

  • Siri Kameswari

    When is eno used in the preparation.

    • Hi Siri,
      Sorry for a late response.
      The ENO is added in the 4th step while making Dhokla paste.

  • Cliona

    Steam/Bake Besan Dhokla in Cooker (Cook Time – 25 minutes)… what is the black cup you used to keep below the dholka container in your cooker…

    • The black cup is a simple mold for baking cup cakes. You can use any other cup too. For example, an idli stand or any other non-steel utensil.
      We are using it just as a shield between cooker’s base and the dhokla pan to avoid direct heat. Direct heat may burn the Dhokla base.

      Does that answer your question?

  • Renu Sharma

    aluminium tray is mandatory or we can also use steel thalis?

    • We would recommend an Aluminium tray. As a matter of fact, you can use the Idli stands too. The only difference would be the shape of Dhokla.

      In case you decide to use Idli stand, you can either follow the above recipe or the separate one that we have shared specifically for making Idli Dhokla here:

      The steel plate is not suitable for high heat inside Cooker.

  • Anjali Goel

    Loved this recipe…dhokla came out extremely soft! Thanks!

    • Thanks a lot Anjali for sharing the feedback with us.
      I am really glad to know that you tried our recipe and liked it so much.
      Hope you try many other recipes also in future and enjoy them.
      Thanks again.

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