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.
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.
Making Dhokla paste or Batter Prep Time - 2 minutes
Before starting the recipe, you should have the ingredients ready.
Ingredients 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.
Making Besan paste for Dhokla
Add rest of the ingredients: Ginger, Salt, Turmeric and Green Chili. Mix well again.
Adding spices 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.
Adding ENO to Dhokla paste
Batter is ready. Lets get the Dhokla dish/pan ready.
Preparing Dhokla tray or pan Prep Time - 2 minutes
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
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.
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
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.
Take out the pan from Microwave after 4 minutes.
Making Dhokla Seasoning Cook Time - 4 minutes
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
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
After 30 seconds, turn the stove to medium flame. Now add Green chili, Curry Leaves and Coriander leaves. Mix well.
Pour tadka on dhokla
Add 1 cup of Water and 2 Tsp Sugar. Mix well.
Turn the stove on high flame and let it cook for 3 minute.
After 3 minute, switch Off the stove. Now directly transfer the seasoning on to the Dhokla pieces.
Spread it evenly all over the pieces such that each piece gets to taste the seasoning and gets fluffy.
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
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.
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.
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).