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Khaman Dhokla / Channa Dal Dhokla / Steamed Lentil Cakes

Dhokla made with channa dal or gram flour is called the Khaman dhokla. These Channa Dal Dhokla are a very good snack especially for kids with tamarind and mint chutney on the side.
Prep Time3 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Kids Friendly, Street Food
Cuisine: Asian, Gujarat, Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 204kcal


  • bowl
  • Oven
  • pan
  • spatula


  • 1 cup Channa dal /Kadalai paruppu /Split Bengal gram dal
  • ½ cup Moong dal / Payatham paruppu / Split Green gram dal
  • teaspoon Green chili paste use based on the spiciness you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Sour curd
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Eno fruit salt
  • to greas Oil

For the Tempering –

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • to greas teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon White sesame seeds
  • few Curry leaves

For Garnishing –

  • 2 teaspoon Sugar mixed in about 3 tablespoon of water
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoon Cilantro chopped


  • Soak the dals separately for about 3 hours. Drain the water entirely and then grind it into a coarse batter adding the chili paste, ginger paste, sour curd, turmeric powder and salt. Make sure that you do not add much water when grinding. The batter should be thick batter that drops slowly when dropped with a ladle.
  • If making the dhoklas right away, get the water boiling in the steamer. Grease a plate with oil and keep it ready.
  • To the ground batter, add the eno fruit salt and lemon juice and give it a quick stir. You will notice that the batter starts to bubble as soon as the eno is added. Pour the batter into the prepared plate and place the plate in the steamer. Make sure that you only fill the plate half way full as the batter would rise when steaming. Also check for the amount of batter you would use and add the eno only to that amount of batter. The batter needs to be steamed right away once the eno is added to it.
  • Steam the Dhoklas for about 15 minutes and then turn off the flame. Let it sit for 5 more minutes inside the steamer and then check for doneness using a tooth pick. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the dhoklas are well cooked.
  • Take the steamed dhokla out of the steamer and slowly add the sugar water all over it. If you do not like the sweetness, then you could skip this step.
  • Let the dhokla cool down a bit and then cut them into desired shape.
  • In a small pan, heat oil for tempering and add all the ingredients mentioned above. Spread and add the tempering on the dhokla pieces and then garnish with fresh coconut and cilantro.
  • Serve with any chutney of your choice or as is.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg