Make Besan Dhokla in cooker. Khaman dhokla can be steamed within 30 minutes in pressure cooker with our tried an tested recipe. Follow the video or print.


Besan dhokla made with cooker

Besan Dhokla can easily be made in pressure cooker

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 make it quite often and enjoy it as evening snack along with Aloo Samosa and Tea.

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

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

  Timing

Prep Time: 5 Min.
Cook time: 30 Min.

Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Yield Approximately 250 Gms Besan Dhokla (Good for 4 people)
Nutrition
Serving Size 1 piece Besan Dhokla (3 Inch by 3 Inch)
Serving Per Recipe 8
Calories per serving Per Recipe
40 Calories
Fat Content 2 grams fat

  Ingredients 16


For Besan Dhokla 9

1 cup Gram Flour (Besan)
1/2 cup Curd (Dahi)
1 Green Chili (Finely Chopped into very small pieces)
1 Pinch Turmeric
1/4 tsp Salt
2″ Inch Ginger (Grated into fine paste)
1 Tsp Fruit Salt (ENO – A brand available in India and ON Indian stores outside India)
1 Tbsp Oil
1/4 Cup (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML) Water (1/4 cup for making batter and 1 cup for seasoning)

For Dhokla Seasoning 7

1/2 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
4 Green Chilies (Each sliced into two pieces vertically)
1/2 Tbsp Coriander Leaves (Chopped)
1-1/2 Tsp Sugar
20 Leaves Curry Leaves
1 Cup (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML) Water

  Method


Making Dhokla paste or Batter Prep Time – 2 minutes

  1. Making Besan paste for Dhokla
    Making Besan paste for Dhokla

    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.

  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. Adding spices to Dhokla paste
    Adding spices to Dhokla paste

    Add rest of the ingredients: Ginger, Salt, Turmeric and Green Chili. Mix well again.

  4. Adding ENO to Dhokla paste
    Adding ENO to Dhokla paste

    Add 1 Tsp Sugar along with 1 Tbsp Oil and mix well again. It should take about total of 2 minutes for mixing.

  5. Batter is ready. Lets get the Dhokla dish/pan ready.

Preparing Dhokla tray or pan Prep Time – 2 minutes

  1. Add dhokla paste to greased pan
    Add dhokla paste to greased pan

    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.

    Greasing will make sure that Dhokla does not stick to the bowl. Keep the bowl aside.

  2. This mixture is now ready for steaming in pressure cooker.

Steam/Bake Besan Dhokla in Cooker Cook Time – 25 minutes

  1. Add water into cooker to steam dhokla
    Add water into cooker to steam dhokla

    Fill 25% of pressure cooker with water and place 1 small half-filled (with water again) bowl inside it.

    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.

  2. 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).
  3. Keep the stove on high flame and steam the Dhokla for 25 minute.
  4. After every 5 minute, check to see if water has not completely evaporated. If this happens, add 2 cups of water again.
  5. After 25 minute, Besan Dhokla would be ready. Switch Off the stove and open the cooker lid.
  6. Take out the Aluminium bowl.
  7. Take out dhokla from pan and slice into pieces
    Take out dhokla from pan and slice into pieces

    Separate the Dhokla from the corners of the bowl, with the help of a knife.

  8. 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. Add mustard seeds with oil to make dhokla tadka
    Add mustard seeds with oil to make dhokla tadka

    Heat 1/2 Tbsp of Oil in a pan for about 30 seconds on high flame.

  2. Add Mustard seeds, Curry leaves and sliced Green chilies. Turn the flame on low.
  3. Let dhokla tadka cook for 3 minutes
    Let dhokla tadka cook for 3 minutes

    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.

  4. Pour dhokla tadka on all pieces evenly
    Pour dhokla tadka on all pieces evenly

    After 3 minutes, switch off the stove and pour this mixture on the Dhokla 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.

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