Soft and Fluffy Dhokla Recipe

Anamika Arun recreates her childhood tea time tradition with an easy microwave dhokla.
By Anamika Arun

My mom used to say, “Only when an advantage goes away, you realize its worth”. How true. Growing up in the lanes and bylanes of Indian streets, overflowing with sweet shops, we never knew its worth. After all, while the weekend breakfast table was generously  spread with “kachori”, “jalebi” and “imarti”; the tea time was ritually celebrated with a plateful of “samosas” and dhoklas”. And all it took to enjoy this lavishness was a short run by the man friday and a handful of rupees. Ahha, the days gone by!

Cut to the present day in modern, broader and cleaner lanes in not so familiar and cosy countries, the advantage of the “halwai shops” have surely flown out of the window. And that too without so much a warning, to learn those addictive treats. So while my cousins back home rarely ever attempt achieving the perfect crust of the “samosas” or wonder on how to get the fluffiest “dhoklas”; here I’m left with little choice but to learn it all the way.

Thankfully having a savory tooth, I haven’t spent hours attempting many of those sweets. Rather I spent that time in fruitfully trying my favourite tea time companion – dhoklas. And with the joy of reliving that advantage of my childhood, I found my solace in a microwave recipe of Nita Mehta.

Dhoklas are basically savory cakes of chickpea flour (traditionally) which is steamed to get a fluffy texture. It occupies a real pride of place in its stage of origin – Gujrat, and loved all across the country.

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Anamika Arun recreates her favorite childhood tea-time tradition with an easy microwave dhokla.
Recipe Type: Bread
For Dhokla:
  • Besan (Chickpea Flour) - 1½ cups
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Eno Fruit salt -1½ tsp
  • Cooking Oil -1 tbsp
  • Green chilly paste - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Soda Bi-carb - ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Water - 1 cup
For tempering:
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies - 2-3 (slit vertically)
  • Water - ¾ cup
  • Mustard seeds (rai) - 1 tsp
  • White Vinegar - ¼ cup
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 3 -4 (optional)
  1. Grease a 7'' round flat microwave dish. Set aside.
  2. Sift beasn and mix water, oil, turmeric powder, salt, sugar, chilly paste, ginger paste to it and make a smooth batter. Add lemon juice, eno fruit salt and soda bi-carbonate. Beat for 3-4 seconds.
  3. Immediately pour this mixture in the greased dish and microwave uncovered for 6 minutes on high mode. When done, remove and keep aside.
  4. In a separate small microwave dish, put all the tempering ingredients and microwave uncovered for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Pour this tempering over the dhokla and let it stand for at least 30 minutes, so that the dhokla abosrbs the moisture and flavours.
  6. Cut in 1½; pieces and garnish with grated cococnut (optional) or/and chopped coriander leaves.
  7. Serve with mint-coriander chutney.

Anamika Arun

Anamika Arun

Anamika Arun is a country-hopping and passionate foodie. Her love for food has reached new levels by chronicling it in her cookery blog Taste Junction. Anamika's taste buds are primarily Indian, but she loves flirting with new cuisines and recipes from across the world.

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Originally Published: March 5, 2012

20 Responses to Soft and Fluffy Dhokla Recipe

  1. Sumna Usmani Reply

    March 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Anamika!! I tried this today and it turned out great. Too yummy! Thanks for the recipe.
    Do you have recipes for pound cakes that can be made in a microwave oven?

  2. Anamika Arun

    Anamika Reply

    March 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Hi Sumna, I’m glad u tried and liked it. will share microwave verison of pound cake soon too!

  3. lubna shaikh Reply

    April 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    hi anamika….this is great, can you tell me fruit cakes and more recipes that can be made in microwave

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  5. Taruna Singh Reply

    May 29, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Hey Anamika,

    I tried this recipe today and found that my dhokla turned out to be quite dense, not as fluffy as it is supposed to be. How can this be remedied?

    Secondly, please advise if ALL the ingredients used should be increased or decreased proportionately, if the quantity has to be more or less.

    Thirdly, it would help a great deal if you could also indicate in all your recipes how many people can be served with the portions made.

    Thanks and regards,


  6. Anonymous Reply

    August 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    if u want soft & fluffy dhokla dont beat it after adding eno in it, just simply add 2 pouch of eno to your batter..

  7. Shefali Reply

    September 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hi anamika is it necessary to use both eno salt and sodium bicarbonate , when the purpose of both of them is similar?

  8. archna Reply

    December 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

    thanks for d recipie…………

  9. Veronica Lodge Reply

    December 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

    hi anamika ! u kno it didnt turn as good as it was supposed to. maybe my measurments wasnt good all the turmeric powder was floating at the top and it became all red and there was a pungent smell of eno!!! it was quite ugly if u say so and a waste of ingredients. i do wish it would be nice bcuz i was looking very forward to it

  10. aditi Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    will it be sweet cause the amount of sugar is low.

  11. Paromita ghosh Reply

    March 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Today i make dhokla.it is so testy.thanks for the resipe

  12. Sonia kukreja Reply

    April 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    wow great recipe can you discover more amazing recipe for micro without conv. mode

  13. manraj Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

    its really an amazing recipe. tried it nd it ws really wndeful…….thnx
    soon yake some more recipies from here….

  14. manraj Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 9:50 am

    its really amazing recipe…thnx

  15. monika Reply

    June 8, 2013 at 3:23 am

    I tried but after 6 mins only when i took it out from microwave it ws too hard . Why did that happen ?

  16. shalu Reply

    July 3, 2013 at 7:07 am

    i tried making dhokla but it remains uncooked in center nd sides r nearly done n in d process of cooking d center part d semicooked sides become over cooked….help

  17. sumayya riaz Reply

    July 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

    this is absolutely great recipe thanx very much

  18. sumayya riaz Reply

    July 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    this is absolutely great recipe thanx very much plz tell some special dessert

  19. Anonymous Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    dhokla is nt fluffy as in market

  20. nitin jain Reply

    May 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Your recipe is very Good. Am male & tried first time to create Dhokla. I used your recipe. In my first attempt, Dhokla was superb. Everyone liked that :)

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