Evenings in India are filled with fried and crispy snacks such as pakoras, samosas, kachoris et al. These rustic snacks will always have a special place in our hearts and on our tables. But if we dig deeper into our regional snacks, we can find a gamut of options to explore. There is a variety of desi snacks that caters to almost all the foodies, even those who like their snacks a little healthy, like a dhokla. Dhokla is a fluffy yellow coloured, square-shaped snack with a tinge of sweetness. This snack is super light and healthy to eat in comparison to the other desi tidbits. Traditionally dhoklas are made with fermented gram flour (besan) with a handful of mild spices which is then steamed to perfection.

Since we can’t wait for hours to savour this healthy snack. We bring you the recipe of instant dhokla which can be made in a couple of minutes. You don’t have to wait for the batter to be fermented or for the steaming process. Instant dhokla can be easily made in the microwave and moreover, it will have the same feathery sponginess you expect from a dhokla. So, without further ado, here’s the recipe of the classic Gujarati snack.

Ingredients For Instant Dhokla:

  • 1½ cups gram flour (Besan)
  • 2 tbsp semolina /rava / suji
  • ½ tbsp ginger paste
  • 2-3 nos. green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp salt or as required
  • 1½ tbsp sugar
  • 1½ tbsp oil
  • 1 cup water or as required

Ingredients For Tempering:

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • 3-4 nos. green Chillies
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp oil
  • 1 cup water or as required

Dhokla Preparations:

1. In a bowl add gram flour, semolina, turmeric powder, lemon juice, ginger paste, green chilies, sugar, oil and salt. Mix it well.

2. Add water to make the batter thick yet slightly runny in consistency. Whisk the ingredients for a couple of minutes then add the baking powder. Stir it once again and keep it aside for at least 30 minutes.

3. Take a microwave-safe pan and grease it with a few drops of oil. Pour the prepared batter into it.

4. Place it in the oven and let it cook for 6-7 minutes on the highest power. You can insert a toothpick to check whether they are done or not. And adjust the time according to that.

Tempering Preparations:

1. Take a non-stick pan and heat oil over medium flame. When the oil is hot enough add mustard seeds and fry them until they crackle.

2. Add curry leaves, green chillies, salt, sugar and asafoetida. Sauté them for a couple of minutes.

3. Then slowly add the water and let it boil. After that, switch off the flame.

Assembling Dhokla:

1. Quickly pour the hot tempering evenly over the dhokla so that it soaks the flavours.

2. Cut the dhokla pieces in square shapes. If you want you can garnish it with grated coconut.

Your delicious dhokla is ready to be devoured.