Khaman Dhokla - chickpea flour steamed savory snack cakes. glutenfree vegan

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Its not like I am on a gf diet.. A lot of indian meals and snacks just happen to be naturally glutenfree. If you are on a gf diet, you would love all the meals from south India and most snacks from Northwest states like Gujarat.
There are different types of Dhoklas, the instant Khaman with chickpea flour like this one, the fermented one made with whole lentils like chana daal(bengal gram), urad daal(black gram and rice, which are soaked, ground and fermented overnight. The one on this post is the instant version.
Serve these for breakfast or snack.. another nutritious Gameday Snack! You can even make a dhokla sandwich. Put some favorite chutneys and roasted veggies between 2.
Video for Instant dhokla(non vegan version).- uses Eno fruit salt and citric acid like most dhokla recipes.

Chickpea flour along with some other lentil and bean flours is used to make a variety of Gujarati snacks, baked, fried, fermented, steamed. Fafda, Kachori, Kahndvi, Muthiya, Khakra, Khaman dhokla, Handvo and lots more(you dont need to pronounce these to enjoy them:D). You can find some recipes here and on Sanjeev Kapoor's site here, mostly vegetarian and but easily veganized.
More Snack/breakfast options on my Facebook Snack album here.


Ingredients: makes a 6 by 3 inch pan
1/4 cup chickpea flour(besan)
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon raw sugar, ground
1/4 scant teaspoon baking powder
pinch of asofetida(hing)
generous pinch of turmeric(optional, just for a brighter yellow color)
1 teaspoon grated ginger or 1/2 tsp paste
1/2 teaspoon grated green chili
3 Tablespoons non dairy yogurt (I used SoDelicious plain coconut milk yogurt)
2+ Tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
a generous pinch of baking soda

Tempering/Tadka
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
pinch of asofetida(hing)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tbps water
1 teaspoon raw sugar
1-2 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon shredded coconut(optional)
Sesame seeds(optional)

Method:
Whisk all the dry ingredients of the dhokla well.
Add in the grated or paste ginger and chili and mix.
In another bowl, Whisk the yogurt, water and vinegar to remove lumps and combine well.
Add the yogurt mix into the dry ingredients and mix/whisk to form a lump free flowy, not too watery, batter.
Add the pinch of baking soda into the dhokla batter when ready to steam, mix well.
Immediately pour the batter into the parchment lined baking pan and steam it in any way you find comfortable.
Start up the steamer.
I usually use my 6 inch round steel pan and steam in a pressure cooker without whistle. But not everyone has a pressure cooker, I used a deep pan(steamer set up) with a well fitting lid, the lid has a hole. I used a non stick 6 by 3 inch baking pan lined with parchment for the dhokla cake.
This baking pan can be put in any steamer and steamed for 22-24 minutes.

I filled up the deep pan with water that reached to about 2/3 the height of the baking pan.
Once the water starts boiling, add the pinch of baking soda into the dhokla batter and mix well.
Immediately pour the batter into the parchment lined dhokla pan.
Place dhokla pan in boiling water, cover and steam on high flame for 18-20 minutes.
Check on the 18 minute mark, a tooth pick from the center should come out almost clean. Cook for another 2-3 minutes and switch off.
After a minute, Take the dhokla pan out of the steamer pan and let rest for 5 minutes.
Remove parchment from pan and rest for another 5 minutes before peeling off the parchment. You can also use a greased pan, and using a knife loosen the edges.
Cut the dhokla into squares or rectangles.

Tempering:
Heat oil in a small pan on medium heat.
When hot add the mustard seeds and wait for them to sputter.
Add in the asofetida(hing) and curry leaves and reduce heat to low. You can add the chopped cilantro now and cook it for a few seconds, or use it uncooked as garnish.
Add half a teaspoon of chopped green chili(optional)
In a bowl, mix the lemon juice, water and sugar and add this carefully to the pan.
Mix well and turn heat off. Pour this over evenly the cut dhokla.
Garnish with coconut, sesame seeds, cilantro. Serve, with sweet tamarind date chutney or green cilantro mint chutney.

I used less garnish for the pictures so that you can see the texture and such of the dhokla. Use as much or as little tadka and garnish as you like. We like a good amount of mustard seeds and cilantro and chili, and not as much coconut.
If you use a pressure cooker, it will be ready in 15-16 minutes. If you double the recipe, increase the cooking time by a few minutes. Also use 2 pans if making a bigger batch. Smaller and less deep pans will get cooked faster and evenly.



36 comments:

  1. This looks lovely! This is what I ate for the first time a couple of weeks ago at the vegetarian Indian restaurant. I wonder if it would work with a nut flour? I might experiment!

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    1. thanks Vicky.. I havent tried a nut flour.. the other versions usually have semolina or other lentil flours. It might work.. i think coconut or almond flour mixed in with the chickpea flour would work to keep it similar taste wise

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  2. This is calling my name!! I've never had anything like this, but I adore Indian food. I picked up a few of Madhur Jaffreys books, and learned some tatsy recipes as a start, this will be next!

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    1. Thank you Tessa. There are a lot of simple as well as long recipe here.. let me know if you need any help!

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  3. Dhokla looks extremely soft and superb..vegan version sounds good..I usually make ready made dhokla, never tried from scratch though.

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    1. Thanks Raji. Give it a try.. its very simple, you can make it in an idli stand:)

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  4. This is my favorite food in the world! I could eat it for every meal!

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  5. Yum! Dhokla is my favourite way to snack healthy. Your dhokla looks purrfect!

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  6. what a coincidence.... i just made dhoklas.... waiting for it to cool down...

    great shots. in fact i was thinking of how to present it :-)

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    1. Great minds think alike Dassana!:)

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  7. Wow..You have made it perfectly..Totally YUMMY...Love it..Bookmarked..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  8. My husband and I love Indian food. It is our go to place when we eat-out as almost the entire menu is gluten-free. This recipe looks super tasty. You've inspired me to bake with chickpea flour more often!

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    1. Thanks Laura.. give it a try.. it works great in savory bakes!

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  9. Thank you for stopping by and sharing on Allergy Free Wednesdays! Check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Best,
    --AFW Hostesses

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    1. Thank you Amber! Its my pleasure.. you have a great collection of allergy friendly links!

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  10. Very delicious n yummy dhokla ..perfect snack!!
    Erivum Puliyum

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  11. it looks so fluffy! yummm..chickpea flour..

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  12. This looks and sounds delicious. I've always liked steamed cakes and am developing a fondness for chickpea flour.

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  13. You might not be on a gf diet but you surely are becoming a gf expert!

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  14. looks super spongy! i never made it frm scratch, always used gits.. this recipe looks promising :)

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  15. You had me at roasted veggies and chutney - uttering those two words instantly made me wish I had this right this very moment!

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  16. This is so fantastic; I've never made anything like it!

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  17. Can I just bake this in the oven?

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    1. it will turn out very dry in the oven. The steaming keeps it soft and moist. you can steam it on the stove top in any pan with a lid. I use my regular non stick deep pan and put bread pan in the center and add water till it comes to 2/3 the height of the bread pan.

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  18. can i just use the steamer on a rice cooker? I'm really confused with the instructions it sounds super complicated

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    1. Yes, you can. The cooking time might vary slightly. Try steaming for 25 minutes. The cake should feel dry to touch in the middle when done.

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  19. Can I use almond or soymilk instead of yogurt?

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    1. you can try with thick non dairy milk. Add a few teaspoons more flour so that the batter is not too thin. Let nme know how it turns out!

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  20. Is asofetida gluten free? How do you pronounce it?

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    1. Hi Jennifer, Pure asafetida is glutenfree. It is a spice powder. It is also called hing. You can find it in indian stores or on amazon or health stores. Look for pure asafetida. it is usually sold mixed with starches and usually wheat starch. you can also skip it. Its a somewhat garlicky taste, so you can sub it with garlic or onion powder.

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  21. Is asofetida gluten free? How do you pronounce it?

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