Microwave Dhokla Recipe

Microwave Dhokla Recipe

  Instant Microwave Dhokla Recipe 

Dhokla or khaman is a popular vegetarian Indian snack from the state of Gujarat. It is served as a teatime snack or ‘farsan‘ as they say in Gujarati with a variety of sweet and spicy chutney.

Dhokla is mainly prepared with gram flour (besan), water, lemon juice, green chili, salt, and spices. Hence, it is a gluten-free and vegan snack.

Every family has their own way of making dhokla from scratch. The traditional dhokla recipe requires a tedious, overnight fermentation process to make the batter airy, and spongy.

 My Instant Dhokla Recipe…


Over the years I tried and tested a lot of dhokla recipes. After dumping many batches of dhokla into the trash, I somehow managed to formulate this microwave-friendly instant dhokla recipe.

The instant dhokla is the cheat version of the traditional dhokla recipe where the fermentation time of the batter is reduced by using baking soda or fruit salt/eno.

The instant dhokla is equally spongy, light, airy with balanced sweetness, and spiciness. And trust me on this one, if you zero-down to one foolproof dhokla recipe, it is one of the easiest Indian snacks to prepare at home.

If you go by the calorie count as well, I think Dhokla would come under the category of guilt-free vegan snacks. I can snack on dhokla during any given hour of the day. Once chilled in the fridge to the right temperature, it’s lemony juices refresh the taste buds.

 Instant Microwave Dhokla Recipe


Tips To Make Best Instant Dhokla:
Pay close attention to the proportion of ingredients. Always use measuring cups and spoons to measure the ingredients. Make sure to sift gram flour for the batter. We need a fine gram flour powder for making the dhokla.

 Sifting gram flour for dhokla


Whisk the batter in one direction clockwise for 5 – 10 minutes. This step ensures the batter turns light and fluffy. Whisking dhokla batter in one direction. After whisking the batter allow it to rest for 5 – 6 minutes. We want gluten-strands of the gram flour to relax a bit and strengthen the structure of dhokla.

 Resting Dhokla Batter


Before adding fruit salt or baking soda to the batter, make sure the cooking bowl is greased and ready to pour the batter. If you are using fruit salt, make sure to use plain flavor. Also, check the expiry date on the sachet for freshness.

 Adding fruit salt in dhokla batter


Mixing fruit salt in dhokla batter. Do not mix the batter for too long after adding the fruit salt or baking soda. Otherwise, you will end up with a flat and hard dhokla. Once after mixing, the batter starts frothing pour it immediately to the greased bowl.

Place a cup of water in the microwave while steaming the dhokla. This will create enough moisture inside the microwave to make a soft and spongy instant dhokla.

Insert a toothpick and check dhokla for doneness. If it is sticking to the toothpick, it needs more time.

 Toothpick test for dhokla


Tempering the dhokla While tempering the dhokla, make sure it is warm to touch but not piping hot. Allow it to cool down a bit before adding the tempered sugar syrup.

How To Make Dhokla in Microwave?
Traditionally, a large steamer is used to cook the batter to perfection. For the microwave method, we will simply prepare the batter as suggested in the recipe below, pour the batter in a microwave safe bowl, place a cup of water in the microwave and steam dhokla for 5 minutes. No need of any gas stove steamer.

 How To Steam Dhokla In Instant Pot


To steam dhokla in an instant pot, fill the inner pot with 2 glasses of water. Place a tall trivet in the inner pot. Arrange the pan with the batter on the trivet (I prefer using a small-size round cake tin that will fit easily inside the instant pot). Close the lid. Set the pressure valve to the venting position. Set the Steam mode for 10 minutes. The IP timer does not work in steaming mode, hence you will need to set an external timer.

After the set cooking time, open the lid, and insert a toothpick to check dhokla for doneness. Before turning let dhokla sit in the pan for 10 minutes to cool down a bit.

 How To Make Dhokla Without Eno?


Substitute 1 teaspoon of Eno fruit salt with a baking soda or cooking soda. Both of them act as a great instant fermenting agent to make a fluffy dhokla.



1 Cup Gram flour (besan)
1/2 Cup water, room temperature
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon chopped green chili
salt to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teasppon cooking oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon eno fruit salt or baking soda

 Ingredients For Tempering:


2 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon mustard seeds (rai)
5 – 6 curry leaves
2 – 3 green chilies slit into half lengthwise
Juice of 1 medium-size lemon
2 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 Cup water

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