Dhokla Recipe : A Gujarati Food Which Can Be Eaten Anytime


Dhokla is a vegetarian food item that originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. It is made with a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish, or as a snack.

It is a savoury cake made out of Bengal gram flour and is steamed to get a fluffy texture. The dish occupies pride of place in its state of origin — Gujarat, and has become a favourite across the country. It’s a low-calorie, healthy and protein-packed snack. It’s cooked with little or no oil and takes very little time to prepare. The fermentation of the flour enhances its nutritive value. Dhokla has a low glycemic index which makes it good for diabetics.

It is usually served with deep fried chillies and chutney made from coriander. It is garnished with coriander and often with grated coconut.

Use the best quality oil for cooking


Servings: 2 People

Cooking Time: 25 mins

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Difficulty Level: Easy


  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • One Tbsp citric acid
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Water to make batter
  • 1 Tbsp fruit salt/ baking powder, dissolved in water
  • For the Tadka:
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 7-8 curry leaves


How to Make

  1. Take a bowl and mix gram flour, citric acid, salt, sugar and turmeric.
  2. Add water and make it into a smooth batter with medium thick consistency.
  3. In a glass add the baking powder. Add water to it and pour this into the dhokla mixture.
  4. Add 2 drops of oil in a steaming tin and pour the mixture into it.
  5. Steam for about 15-20 minutes or till cooked.
  6. In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies. Let it splutter.
  7. Pour the tadka over the prepared dhokla.
  8. Cut into pieces and serve.

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