Nylon Khaman Dhokla

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Jan. 18, 2016

These dhoklas are so soft and spongy that the reference to nylon is really apt! What is more, this recipe is also very easy to implement if you follow these simple instructions properly and practice it a bit. The addition of fruit salt to the batter, and water to the tempering, are the two main factors responsible for the super-soft and spongy nature of this dhokla. Temper just before serving, for the perfect 100/100!


Besan 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) (Bengal gram flour)
Semolina 1 1/2 Tablespoon (sooji/rava)
Sugar 4 Teaspoon
Ginger green chilli paste
Lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Fruit salt 1 Teaspoon
Oil 3 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon (rai/sarson)
Sesame seeds 1 Teaspoon (til)
Asafoetida 1 Pinch
Curry leaves 3 (kadi patta)
Chopped green chillies 1 Teaspoon
Finely chopped coriander 2 Tablespoon (to garnish)



1. Combine the besan, semolina, sugar, ginger-green chilli paste, lemon juice and salt with approx. ¾ cup of water in a deep bowl and mix well using a whisk to get a smooth batter.

2. Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and mix lightly.

3. Pour the mixture immediately to a greased 175 mm. (7") diameter thali and spread evenly by rotating the thali clockwise.

4. Steam in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked. Keep aside.

5. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.

6. When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

7. Remove from the flame, add ½ cup of water and mix well.

8. Pour the tempering over the prepared dhoklas and spread it evenly.


9. Cut into pieces, garnish with coriander and serve immediately with green chutney.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 230Calories from Fat 63

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g10.8%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 593 mg24.71%

Total Carbohydrates 31 g10.3%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 9 g

Protein 9 g18%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet