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.
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.
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.
Making Dhokla paste or Batter Prep Time - 2 minutes
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
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.
Add rest of the ingredients: Ginger, Salt, Turmeric and Green Chili. Mix well again.
Adding spices to Dhokla paste
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
Batter is ready. Lets get the Dhokla dish/pan ready.
Preparing Dhokla tray or pan Prep Time – 2 minutes
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
Greasing will make sure that Dhokla does not stick to the bowl. Keep the bowl aside.
This mixture is now ready for steaming in pressure cooker.
Steam Besan Dhokla in Cooker Cook Time - 25 minutes
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
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.
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).
Keep the stove on high flame and steam the Dhokla for 25 minute.
After every 5 minute, check to see if water has not completely evaporated. If this happens, add 2 cups of water again.
After 25 minute, Besan Dhokla would be ready. Switch Off the stove and open the cooker lid.
Take out the Aluminium bowl.
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 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
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, Curry leaves and sliced Green chilies. Turn the flame on low.
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
After 3 minutes, switch off the stove and pour this mixture on the Dhokla pieces evenly.
Pour dhokla tadka on all pieces evenly
Besan Dhokla is now ready to serve. Enjoy!
Letting Seasoning to penetrate (Optional) (Extra Time - 10 minutes)
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.
After 10 minutes, Besan Dhokla is absolutely ready to enlighten your evening.
Storage and Serving Suggestions
Dhokla is served at room temperature i.e. not cool or hot, just the same as your room.
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.
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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8 Pieces Yield
Dhokla Recipe In Cooker with Besan - Video
Amount Per Serving
Calories90Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.