Khaman Dhokla or Nylon dhokla is a common breakfast or tea-time snack from the Indian state of Gujarat.This is now loved and eaten in almost all parts of India.You can find this snack at almost every local eatery or find packets at any local kirana shops.After samosa, Dhokla has gained the maximum popularity worldwide :-)Instant khaman dhokla is a great quick fix to healthy snack or if guests are coming home at a short notice.
What is khaman dhokla made of?
This soft and fluffy steamed cake made with gram flour/chickpea flour/besan.
What is the difference between khaman and dhokla?
There are basically two versions of dhokla
One made from Besan(Instant/Nylon) called as khaman and while the other, dhokla is made from Chana Dal(Fermented). The one I've mentioned here is the Nylon khaman with Besan (Gram Flour) which I have made with eno or fruit salt.
Another Ipopular nowadays is the sandwich dhokla. You can see many packets of these in local kirana stores at Mumbai packed by small cottage industries.Sandwich dhokla combines khaman and Rava dhokla( made with sooji or semolina) and layers them with a hint of mint chutney in between.
Amiri khaman is made with the left-over khaman.We temper it with garlic and serve it with pomegranate seeds and sev.
You can have it as such or with chutneys .The best thing about it is steamed and hence, is healthy and low calorie. It is vegan and gluten-free too.You can make it for picnic or when you travel.
There are some questions that we face when we make it first time.Either it is not very fluffly or turns red.When I first started making it from scratch it took me a while to make my fool-proof recipe.Making dhokla reminds me of chemistry experiments actually.It is a simple recipe yet might need some time to perfect.
If you also faced questions like me,read below queries before you scroll down to the recipe.
Why did my dhokla turn red?
If we mix too much turmeric in the batter.It reacts with eno and turns red.
What can I use instead of Eno in Dhokla?
Obviously, you can't rush to market if you dont have it at home.
Baking soda works just fine.Add some lemon juice to make up for the citric acid in eno.
What makes dhokla spongy?
Batter should be like cake and do not let it sit for long once you add it.Steam over medium flame.
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