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Gujarati Khaman Dhokla | Savory Steamed Lentil Cakes

 

The Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a very popular farsan savored by Indians around the world. It is traditionally made from bengal gram lentil but a quick and more common version uses gram flour that is equally delicious and authentic. You can serve it as it is with the seasoning or make it into a layered dhokla with Dhania Phudina Chutney and Tomato Onion Chutney.

Special Equipments: dhokla stand with plates and steamer

Makes: 10-15 square pieces
Ingredients for Khaman Dhokla Recipe

  • 1-1/2 cups gram flour
  • 1/4 cup fine semolina
  • 2 green chillies and 1 inch piece of ginger made into a paste (i use a pestle and motor to make a paste)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons enos fruit salt
  • salt to taste

Ingredients for seasoning of the Khaman Dhokla

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 green chilli, slit
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 - 5 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 4 tablespoons of water

Method

  • In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the dhokla adding little water at a time until it becomes a thick batter with no lumps. The consistency of the batter should be such that when you use a ladle to pour it should fall in dollops.

  • Prepare the steamer by preheating it with 3 cups water at its bottom. Grease the dhokla plates with oil. Pour the dokhla batter into each plate, filling only up to half its level. Steam for about 12 to 15 minutes on high heat with the lid covered, until the dhoklas are cooked, that when a tester like a clean knife when inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn off the heat and allow it to rest for 5 minutes in the steamer.

  • Take out the dholka plates from the steamer and allow it to cool completely before you can cut them into square or diamond pieces. Arrange them on a serving platter.

  • Heat oil in a small pan on medium heat; add mustard seeds, sesame seeds, slit green chilli and curry leaves and allow them to crackle.

  • Turn off the heat. Stir in the four tablespoons of water, sugar, lemon juice and salt to the above seasoning. Using a small quarter spoon, evenly sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the cut dhokla pieces. Garnish with coriander leaves and coconut and serve.

  • Serve the Gujarati Khaman Dhokla's along with Dhania Phudina Chutney and Tomato Onion Chutney or make it into a sandwich dhokla (recipe below)

To make Sandwich Khaman Dhoklas

  • Arrange a set of khaman dhoklas on a serving platter. Spread the Dhania Phudina Chutney on the top side of these dhoklas and place another dhokla on top. Finally season these sandwich dhoklas with the seasoning mixture. Garnish the Sandwich Khaman Dhokla with coriander leaves and fresh grated coconut and serve.

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