Thursday, June 28, 2012

Instant Khaman Dhokla - Gram flour cake - Microwave version

Khaman Dhokla (Gram flour cake) is a popular Gujarati snack & one of my mouth-watering, 'go to' dishes when I want to prepare something in a jiffy. I don't have the patience to wait for 20 mins (which is the time taken by steaming process) so I go for the microwave version which gives me my Khaman in 2 mins -yaaayyy!! 

Recently I learnt that Khaman & Dhokla are actually two different food items. Khaman i.e. the recipe I am showing you today is prepared from chana dal/Gram flour & is usually yellow (due to addition of turmeric). Whereas Dhokla is prepared from rice flour (as main ingredient) & is generally white or pale yellow in color. But the name 'Khaman Dhokla' is so popular that I decided to label it that way. 

Ingredients: 
For Khaman :
1 cup gram flour (besan)
1 & 1/2 tbsp of semolina (rava)
1 tsp of green chili & ginger paste
1/2 tsp of citric acid (nimbu ke phool) or juice of 1 lemon
3 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 & 1/2 tbsp ENO or fruit salt
1 cup of water
salt to taste

For Tempering:
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1/2 tsp sesame seeds 
1-2 green chillies finely chopped
1 tbsp of oil
Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
few curry leaves 
1-2 tbsp of water

additionally 1 tbsp of sugar dissolved in 1/2 cup of water (optional)

Method: 
For Khaman:

  • Sift all the dry ingredients (except ENO & ginger chili paste) to get rid of any lump. 
  • Now add the ginger paste, green chili paste, water & make a lump free batter. 
  • Add ENO & on top of it add 1 tbsp of water. As as soon as you add water ENO will start to bubble.
  • Once the bubbling stops, go ahead & mix the batter well. The Batter will instantly rise & become fluffy. Many think that the Khaman will rise while cooking, that's not the case, this is the only step when Khaman will rise.
 
  • Grease a microwave safe dish & pour the batter in it. Spread evenly. 
  • Cook in microwave for 2 mins on High. Allow to stand for 1 min.Poke a tooth pick at the center to check if its done. If the toothpick comes out clean with no batter stuck to it that means our Khaman is ready. 
  • Keep it aside.
For Tempering: 

  • Heat oil in a small vessel & once hot add the mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add the remaining ingredients like sesame seeds, green chilies, hing, curry leaves & stir for a min. Switch off the gas & add 1-2 tbsp of water to the tempering. (Be careful as it may splatter). 
  • Pour the tempering over the Khaman spreading it evenly. 
  • Cut the dhokla evenly & garnish with coriander. I like to sprinkle some sugar water on the khaman after cutting it, on the sides, in between the lines & some on top. This helps to retain the moisture & sponginess & also enhances the taste. 
  • The khaman prepared this way turns out equally nice & porous like you would get with the steaming process.  Try it!!
  • That's it wait no longer serve this Instant Khaman with Green Chutney!! 
Happy Cooking!!
Shweta

35 comments:

  1. wow.. perfectly made.. looks spongy..

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  2. looks delicious swetha!!! nice

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  3. Spongy and nice.. one of my fav snacks!

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  4. wow. very spongy and nice khaman recipe

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  5. Perfectly made. Very lovely step by step presentation. Looks so spongy khaman dokhla.
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  6. Perfectly done....neat presentation...

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  7. Very easy to make and yummy.

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  8. Tempting Dhokla!!!

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  9. Thats a super irresistible dhoklas.. Thanks for sending to MEC.

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  10. Perfect!
    Somehow I have not mastered this recipe..tried it a couple of times..was not satisfied with the result and gave up..

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  11. wow looks so spongy and perfect...
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  12. Soft & perfect dhoklas!!! Wanna grab them off the screen!!
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  13. Hey hi Shweta , are u sure the measurement of Eno, I mean should'nt it be teaspoon instead of tablespoon..?..Correct me if m wrong..All the best...:)

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  14. Just mouthwatering...would love to have some!

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  16. Dhokla came out perfect!...quick and easy snack!...
    Thanks for sending it to the MEC event!

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    1. how much of eno did you add please

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  17. Definitely wonderful to be able to spend less time and get awesome food! Microwave is a great appliance and glad to find so mnay recipes online!

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    1. Totally Agree DV, microwave is a true time saver & multi-use appliance. Would love to hear back from you on the Dhokla recipe :)

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  18. i tried the same recipe provided in the cook book that came with the microwave but however after i microwave the mixture, the dhokla became red in colour while the bottom part was still uncooked and in paste form, please help!!

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    1. Hi, not sure of the configuration of ingredients used but you could try the recipe mentioned by me above & see it that turns out well. Let me know if you liked it.

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  19. i think you put too much of eno...mine came out well but it just broke into pieces..can you please recheck and let me know..

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    1. You can add 1 tbsp eno, that should work too.

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  20. Tried it many ways never could perfect it. Sometimes it's great sometimes totally bad..... Never tried to mwave it. Let me try this too

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  21. Hello Shewta,

    I tried your receipe yesterday, One thing by mistake I put only 1and 1/2 tsp eno instead of tb. sp. so the sponge was not that good and 2 min. cooking time was not sufficient. I ccoked it for another 2 min then also it was not properly cooked pl. correct me where i am wrong as all of us like dhokla very much.

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    1. Hi Sharwan, Every Microwave has different setting so the time may vary but ideally shouldn't take more than 4-5 mins. Also make sure that your microwave is at 100% power and the microwave vessel you are using has a flat surface which aids in uniform cooking. Try the dhokla recipe again by using 1 tbsp of eno and microwave your dhokla for 3-4 mins. Let it stand in the microwave itself for 1 min, then poke a toothpick/knife and see if its done, if not microwave for another 1-2 mins. Over heating may make your dhokla little hard from the sides but no worries, Add the sugar water and you will have a nice soft spongy Dhokla ready. Please try it again and let me know how it turns out.

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  22. Hi Shweta

    I don't have Eno salt. What can I use instead?

    Thanks for the recipe

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    1. Hi Varsha, Eno is a fruit salt that should be easily available in any Indian grocery stores so try if you can get your hands on it. Other wise try using a combination of baking soda + citric acid (or any souring agent) either in equal ratio or may be 60/40 ratio respectively. I haven't personally tried this combination so would love to know how your dhokla turns out.

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  23. This is best recipe I ever read. Thanks for Sharing this Wonderful Recipe with us.Try this recipe with our Advanced Multi Shaped Infinity Idli Plates today.

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  24. Spongy & fluffy dhokla..so happy to follow your blog....loved the collection you have

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