Dhokla (Savory chickpea flour cake)

What would you make for a quick snack when you are hungry ? I would say something that can be prepared quickly and is healthy. “Dhokla” is one such dish. It is a savory cake made primarily from fermented chickpea or rice flour spiced with ginger and garlic and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves. It is popular across India but is a favorite among the people of Gujarat in the western region of India.While traditionally, dhokla requires a fair amount of prep work and overnight fermentation, we can use alternative methods to achieve the desired effect.


Ingredients :

1 cup of Chickpea flour (Besan)

1/2 cup Yogurt (Dahi)

2/3 cup Water

2 tsp Olive oil

1 tsp Ginger (Finely chopped)

1 tsp Green chili (Finely chopped)

2 tsp Eno (Fruit salt)

1 tsp salt

1 pinch Turmeric powder

1 pinch Paprika

Tempering / Tadka

1 tbsp Olive oil

1 tsp Mustard seeds

1 Green chili (Finely chopped)

1 bunch Curry leaves

1 oz Cilantro (Chopped)

1/2 cup Water

2  Dried red chili


Serving size 2

Makes 10 pieces

Prep time : 15 min

Cooking time : 6-10 minutes

Passive time : 2-3 min

Allergen Information

Gluten free , Egg free, Soy free


  • In a medium size bowl add chickpea flour (besan) and yogurt (Dahi), add water slowly and stir the batter and making sure there are no lumps. Take care not to make it too runny .
  • Add the remaining ingredients i.e., ginger, oil, green chili, salt and paprika to the batter and blend it.


  • Traditionally Dhokla is made by steaming the chickpea batter , but we would be making the dhokla in the microwave. Grease the inner side of  a microwave safe plastic container  thoroughly.
  • Add the fruit salt (Eno) the batter. Mix briskly so that the mixture raises due to effervescence. Now pour the mixture into a container (1 inch in height as that would be an ideal thickness for the dhokla) .


Microwave it for 5-6 min. You will know when the dhokla is done when a toothpick or fork stuck into the dhokla comes out clean. Cut it into pieces as per your taste. For the tempering , heat oil in a small pan , add the chopped green chili and mustard seeds , once they begin to splatter add curry leaves and dried red chili wait for 20 seconds and add water bring it to a boil and take it of the stove.


  • Add it to the dhokla . Garnish with the chopped cilantro on top. Let it sit for a couple of minutes for the dhokla to absorb the flavor.


Enjoy your dhokla with a cup of tea or coffee as an evening snack or for breakfast !!

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