Instant Besan Dhokla – Khaman in Microwave

Instant Gujrati Besan Dhokla in Microwave. Steam fluffy Khaman Dhokla at home in 12 minutes with video in hindi and pictures. Make without Eno too. No Oven required.

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Instant Besan Dhokla is a term used to make a point that it can be made pretty quickly and we are proving it here with our tried and tested recipe.

Khaman or besan Dhokla primarily belongs to Gujrati (a state in India located on western coast) cuisine but is equally famous in North India also. And since we are from Delhi, we are a fan too. As a matter of fact, there are many more different versions like Sandwich Dhokla (Sooji version) or an Idli Dhokla.

The differentiation between various kinds of Dhokla is made first with the presentation style and then with the primary ingredient used. Some people like to use Sooji (Semolina) and others the Besan (Gram flour).

Coming to the device that can be used to steam (mind it, its not bake) the Dhokla, there are many options available ranging from our Indian kitchen's favorite pressure cooker or the standard Microwave .

Dhokla in Idli steamer gives it the Idli shape and the name too. The process in Idli steamer remains same as we have mentioned in the pressure cooker recipe.
Conventional Oven is primarily used for baking and NOT steaming. Hence, it is not a good idea to make Dhokla in Oven.
We have tried the Oven and the results were not positive. The Dhokla turned out to be a kind of hard rubber in texture.

Dhokla without Microwave? Use the Cooker. Don't worry if you do not have Microwave, we have the recipe for making the Besan Dhokla in pressure cooker too.

So, if you are always bogged down with the question 'How to make dhokla', we have all the options for you here. There is no reason for you to not give it a try now, right in your home kitchen and surprise your family with the taste and fluffy Dhokla that you can compare with Bikano or Bikanerwala or Haldiram's Dhokla.

If you are the one who cooks more frequently using a microwave, you will simply love this easy recipe to steam besan dhokla in straight 5 minutes.

This will prove to be a great snack if you have guests coming in at short notice.

  Ingredient
Servings
medium size (2x2 Inch) pieces


For Batter or Paste

  1. 1 Cup Gram Flour Besan
  2. 1/2 Cup Yogurt Plain Non Fat Curd / Dahi - thick and non-sweet
  3. 1/4 Cup Water
  4. 1 Tsp White Sugar
  5. 1 Tbsp Oil Olive Oil or any other
  6. 1/10 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  7. 1/4 Tsp Salt
  8. 2 Number Green Chili Finely chopped into small circular pieces
  9. 1 Tsp Citric acid Salt Fruit Salt (ENO as known in India - you need unflavored one)
  10. 1 Tsp Ginger Fresh grind regular 1 Inch Ginger into fine paste

For Seasoning

  1. 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  2. 2 Tsp Cilantro Coriander Leaves - Chopped into small pieces
  3. 2 Tsp White Sugar
  4. 4 Number Green Chili
  5. 10 Number Curry Leaves
  6. 1 Cup Water
  7. 1/2 Tbsp Oil Olive Oil or any other

  Instructions


Making Dhokla paste or Batter Prep Time - 2 minutes

  1. Before starting the recipe, you should have the ingredients ready.
    Ingredients for dhokla
    Ingredients for dhokla
  2. 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
  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 along with 1 Tbsp Oil 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. Grease the dish/pan so that the Dhokla does not stick to the bottom or any corner of the dish.The pan should be Microwave safe. We are using a plastic based pan, you can use any other pan too.
    Preparing Dhokla pan and Cooking Dhokla in microwave
    Preparing Dhokla pan and Cooking Dhokla in microwave
  2. Add the ENO (Indian brand of fruit salt) in the batter and mix it. We need to immediately transfer the batter into the greased pan after mixing it.
  3. Transfer the batter into our greased pan. Do remember to fill up only 75% (height) of the pan. Mixture will grow substantially in its volume and become fluffy within a minute. Dhokla dish is now ready to go into Microwave.

Steaming Dhokla in Microwave Cook Time - 4 minutes

  1. Keep the pan in Microwave for 4 minutes on high power. There may or may not be any power selection option in your device. We don't have either.

    But, you should select the highest power level, if you have the option.
  2. Take out the pan from Microwave after 4 minutes.

Making Dhokla Seasoning Cook Time - 4 minutes

  1. Slice the Dhokla into square or rectangular shaped pieces before making the seasoning. Mark horizontal and vertical cuts. You can keep the size of your Dhokla slices as per your choice. We have approximately 2x2 Inch pieces.
    Slicing Dhokla into square pieces
    Slicing Dhokla into square pieces
  2. Start with the seasoning: Heat 1/2 Tbsp Oil in a pan on high flame for 30 seconds. Add Mustard seeds and wait for another 30 seconds.
    Making tadka or seasoning for dhokla
    Making tadka or seasoning for dhokla
  3. After 30 seconds, turn the stove to medium flame. Now add Green chili, Curry Leaves and Coriander leaves. Mix well.
    Pour tadka on dhokla
    Pour tadka on dhokla
  4. Add 1 cup of Water and 2 Tsp Sugar. Mix well.
  5. Turn the stove on high flame and let it cook for 3 minute.
  6. After 3 minute, switch Off the stove. Now directly transfer the seasoning on to the Dhokla pieces.
  7. Spread it evenly all over the pieces such that each piece gets to taste the seasoning and gets fluffy.
  8. At this time, Dhokla is ready to serve practically. But, it is advisable though optional, to give it a bit of sitting time.
    Dhokla made in microwave with tadka is ready to serve
    Dhokla made in microwave with tadka is ready to serve

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.
Microwave Dhokla recipe without ENO?
We are in the process of trying this recipe without ENO (Indian brand for fruit salt) or you can say fruit salt. We feel that the Dhokla paste would need to be kept aside for couple of hours to ferment before steaming.

Technically speaking, ENO is nothing but a combination of Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate) and Citric Acid in near 50:50 ratio.

Hence, if you want to substitute ENO, you can pretty well use these two to follow the above recipe. As a substitute for Citric acid, you can use Lemon juice.
So, if you want to try the above recipe without ENO, you would need 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda and 1/2 Tsp or Citric Acid OR Lemon juice.

We are in the process of trying this hack and would share once it is successful.
Dhokla recipe in rice cooker?
We have never tried the rice cooker and hence can't say with 100% confidence. But, we normally boil rice in a Microwave within 11 minutes. If we go by this understanding, you can probably use the rice cooker and just set the time as 4 minutes.That's the only difference that we have made with respect to using Microwave for Dhokla vis-a-vis rice.
Make dhokla in microwave in 5 minutes
Make dhokla in microwave in 5 minutes
Can we make Dhokla in Microwave Oven?
Hmm..good question. Microwave Oven is nothing but an extension of Microwave. It has two different modes of operation. One is plain Microwave and other is Microwave Convection (to work as an Oven).

You should use the Microwave ONLY mode to steam Dhokla.We answer some more questions about baking in Microwave Convection Oven here.
Instant Besan Dhokla Microwave version
Instant Besan Dhokla Microwave version

  • Chhitiz Parashar

    hello maahi,
    I tried the recipe but unfortunately mine came out as hard besan barfi….I added 2 cups of besan , one cup of curd, half cup of water turmeric sugar and salt according to taste ginger and chilli paste and stirred​ it in a mixer with a table spoon of oil..then I added a sachet of eno and immediately transferred it to a greased microwave dish .l checked after 4 mins but it was not cooked properly so i kept on microwaving it until it became barfi.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0792b034647ddacf18a054fc880caff5a3e53c13a7c452ede617de899b129bdd.jpg

  • Ranjitha Harihara Lakshmanan

    Ma’am I tried microwave dhokla recipe and it was yummy… fluffy and delicious dhoklas… my husband and I enjoyed it a lot …. thanks a lot Ma’am.

    • You are welcome. We are glad that you liked it.

  • shaziya

    hi mahi,
    can i try recipe of besan dhokla recipe in cookar . and how to make in cookar…..

  • Swati Gupta

    Hi Mahi,

    Can i try this recipe in a microwave safe glass pan?? if yes, what capacity (in ltrs) pan would be sufficient for the batter in ur recipe?? pls reply soon, cant wait to try it… 🙂

    • Yes, you can use any microwave safe bowl or pan. Glass pan with 1 liter capacity should be good enough.

  • Zen

    Hi Mahi,

    The propotions of water curd and gram flour written is equal….but is looking quite different in the pic posted with the ingridients… ..the mug of water shown here looks quite more in quantity than the curd and gram flour…..

    • Hi Zen,

      I think you are mistaken. If ou watch the pic carefully you will see 3 red cups. 1st red cup has 1/4 cup water and middle cup has 1 cup of besan and 3rd on the right side cup has 1/2 cup curd. That’s what we have written in the ingredients here;

      1. Gram Flour (Besan) 1/2 Cup (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML)

      2. Curd (Yogurt – thick and non-sweet) 1/4 Cup (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML)

      3. Water 1/4 Cup (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML)

      We have shared the capacity of our cup by mentioning it in every ingredient (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML) so that its easy to follow for our viewers.

      The white mug of water is for the seasoning of the dhokla. Please look at the red mug shown in the picture for dhokla batter that is very small..

      Hope you got everything right this time.

      Thanks for having interest in our article.
      Do try this recipe.
      Happy cooking

  • Cathy

    Hi Maahi,
    Great recepie, I was craving for dohkla and found your recepie easy and quick. I unfortunately had no ENO and used the baking soda and lemon as suggested…it worked great and dohkla was nice and fluffy…I kept the batter to rest for 20 minutes. Thanks for making a pregnant woman happy.

    • You are welcome Cathy. We are glad the recipe helped you.

  • Payal

    Hi Maahi..
    Thanks for sharing this great recipe.. It was my first attempt and it turned out to be great.. Just wanted to know texture wise which Dhokla is better Microwave one or cooker one?

    • Hi Payal, as a person who has tasted both versions of Dhokla i.e. cooker and Microwave while we were making them, I would say the cooker one would be more moist in its basic form.
      The moisture content certainly increases when you add the tadka and let it sit for about 8-10 minutes before serving.

      So, you can pretty much rely on any version (cooker or microwave) as far as texture is concerned.
      I would prefer Microwave over cooker simply because of the ease and time required, to complete the recipe.

      I hope I answered your question.

  • Karishma Parihar

    hii maahi mam i want to ask u that can i use baking soda instead of ENO??

    • Hi Karishma,
      Thanks for writing in and having interest in my recipes..

      1. If you do not have ENO then i would suggest you to keep the Dhokla mixture aside for
      at-least 3 to 4 hours for natural fermentation. For this you need to simply mix 1 cup Besan, 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup curd, keep it aside for fermentation.
      2. Before cooking the Dhokla add 2 pinch of Soda-B-Carbonate along with rest of the ingredients of batter mentioned above in the recipe.

      This way your Dhokla will be fluffy and spongy.
      Hope this will help and you enjoy this dhokla at home with everyone.
      Maahi
      #inHouseRecipes

  • jalpa

    hey maahi , i tried khaman in microwave step by step …i have added eno but not soft n puffy 🙁
    can u tell me what my mistake

    • Hi Jalpa,

      I can only guess and feel that it could be one of the following possibilities that played a spoil-sport:
      1. You did not move it to Microwave immediately after adding Eno. There should zero sitting time once you add Eno.
      2. You have used a hard glass based utensil. Even though glass based Utensils are microwave safe, they tend to take more time in baking than the other ones. This could be one of the issue. You may have to keep microwave ON for more time than what we have shared.
      3. Did you beat/stir the batter well to remove the lumps, if any?
      4. Also, the consistency of the batter would matter a lot. It should not be too thick or too light like a dropping water. It should have medium thickness and have a slow dropping consistency.

      These are just my suggestions on the basis of my experience of making Dhokla in Microwave. I normally try to fix these things if my own Dhokla does not bake well.

      Try and let me know if these solve the issues. Glad to help you.

      Regards,
      Maahi

      • jalpa

        thank you so much .. i will try again n inform you.

  • Mahima

    Hi Maahi,
    Thanks for such a great recipe..I tried making it twice and it turn out to be great, however 10-15% of the Dhokla was dry .. can you please tell me what I might be doing wrong..

    • Hi Mahima,
      Thanks a lot for trying out my recipes..
      Add more sugar water in Dhokla..it will become really soft and delicious.
      I request you to make it once again and share the feedback with me.

      Hope you continue watching and writing in.
      Thanks again.

  • manali

    i tried your instant besan dhokla recipe, and me, ,my family and friends just loved it..thanks maahi for sharing such a wonderful recipe..just love it..

    • Thanks a ton Manali for such lovely comment 🙂
      Hope you try other recipes as well and enjoy with all..
      Keep cooking and watching us.

  • Guest

    Couldn’t stop myself from making this dish over and over thanks to the easy yet brilliant recipe that you shared 🙂
    dhokla again 🙂

    • Thanks a lot dear for making my day by sharing the pic of dhokla on our facebook page and for your wonderful words of appreciation.

      I have a small request if you can TAG these pics of dhokla to inHouseRecipes Facebook page

      keep cooking and writing in..
      Thanks again

      Maahi

  • Unknown

    Please tell me your email id. As I tried to make Dhokla after watching your video, I literally threw it. I am desperate for this recipe. I will mail you how I made, what happened and pics of Dhokla I made.

    • You can contact us on email (at) inhouserecipes.com
      It looks like you made a mistake and did not follow the recipe as written or
      shown.

  • kanchan seerwani

    I tried this recipe it turned out really good

    • Thanks a ton kanchan for sharing your feedback with us..
      Hope you make it again and again, enjoy.
      Keep watching for more delicious recipes..

  • Kriti Khanna

    And the best thing about it is that ,it looks the same way it’s shown!!

    • wow, your compliment made my day…thanks a lot for sharing the feedback with me…
      may i know where are you from? are u in india?
      let me know so that i can contact you. You won my heart by writing such genuine comment..
      I would like to send you a surprise gift from my side.. hope you wont mind..
      waiting for your reply…
      Maahi

  • Kriti

    Thank you so much for such a lovely and wonderful recipe! My mom loves Dhokla , and I made this for her today. She is so happy and highly impressed!


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