Snacks & Tiffin Items

Quick Besan Dhoklas.


The best ever dhoklas that I remember having eaten are at The Saravana Bhavan – Gujrati Restaurant in T.Nagar, Chennai. They have the most amazingly soft dhoklas that can melt and come together in your mouth, along with the sweet chutney agog with tamarind and tang, and the green pudina chutney. Ever since, I ve always been on the lookout for recipes on how to make this easy snack. What I like about it, is the fac that it could be whipped up in a few minutes, with no need for prior planning. This is my version of this dish and I hope you will like it too. Posting for the Sweet Tamarind Chutney follows at a later post.


Besan                        – 1 1/4 cups

Buttermilk/Curd – 1 cup.

Ginger Paste          – 1 tsp

Green Chilli Paste- 1 tsp

Eno Fruit Salt         – 1 tsp.

Lemon Juice          – 1 tsp

Salt                              – 1 tsp.

Turmeric Powder – A pinch


Oil, Mustard Seeds, Slit Green Chillis (2), Curry Leaves, Hing.


Dry Coconut Powder, Chopped Corriander.


  • In a bowl, take the besan and use your hands to remove all the clumps. Add the buttermilk and gently whisk to mix. Now also add turmeric, salt, ginger paste, green chilli paste and mix them all together.
  • Mix a spoon of Eno Fruit salt with 1 spoon of lemon juice and mix it in to the besan batter.
  • Let is stand for 20 mins.
  • Take a low flat bottomed cooker vessel, resembling a 9 inch round cake pan and grease the insides with cooking spray or oil.
  • Pour the besan batter in to the cooking pan.
  • Fill the cooker with 1 cup of water and gently place the vessel in to the cooker.
  • Allow it to steam on high for 12-14 mins.
  • Switch off and wait for 5 mins and cool it for 20 mins or so.
  • Cut it in to diamond shape and season with mustard , chilli, hing  and curry leaves.
  • Garnish with coconut and corriander.
  • Serve with chatpata-sweet  tamarind chutney.
....Served with Tamarind Chutney.
....Served with Tamarind Chutney.

11 thoughts on “Quick Besan Dhoklas.

  1. The instant dhokla looks perfect and very inviting…first time here you have a wonderful site here with some great recipes 🙂

  2. Hi Usha,

    Thanks for your comments on the site. My blogsite is hardly ten days old…It`s simply my two pence worth thoughts..and an effort to not let go of traditional cooking…
    Thanks once again and i would request you to add my site to your blogroll.

    Rgds, Shobha

  3. Hi Shobha,

    I thought making Dhokla is very tough…….. After seeing ur recipe it seems to be very easy…… This weekend i will try for sure…….

  4. Hi Shobha,

    Thx for giving a very easy recipe for dhokla which i thought would be very difficult to prepare. Also could u pls let me know whether there is any alternative for the eno fruit salt u have mentioned.


  5. Hello Anu,

    I am not too sure about the substitute for Eno Fruit Salt. Eno is a product made in India its used as an antacid. It is a combination of Sodium Bicarbonate(Baking soda) and Citric Acid. I am not sure where one get Citric acid. But one trip to Spice Bazzar and you wd get Eno, and it would help relieve acidity also.

    Thanks and do visit again.

  6. seems to be very quick, i will try it today…………………thanks for this lovely recipe


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