Instant Khaman

Dhokla conjures up images of light, fluffy, squares of fermented or otherwise lentils or flour seasoned with mustard, sesame and green chilies. Gujarat (western state of India) is synonymous with dhokla as it originated from there. 

Khaman is a perfect tea time snack or also an appetizer for parties. It’s a finger food and can be dipped with tamarind and mint chutney. I’ve been making khaman as an appetizer for our annual family Thanksgiving party for a couple of years now. 

You can make variations by adding pureed spinach to the batter. But ensure that the eno you are using is not expired as it will make a difference in the outcome.

Let’s get started now.

Servings

4-6

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 – 18 minutes

Total Time

25 – 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup besan or chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp sooji
  • ¾ -1 cup water
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp each ginger and green chili crushed
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp eno or fruit salt
  • For seasoning:
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp white sesame seeds
  • 3-4 tbsp water
  • 3-4 green chilies shallow fried
  • Cilantro for garnish
PREPARATION

Step 1 
Sieve besan into a bowl. Add sooji, salt, turmeric and sugar. Whisk and mix.

Step 2
Add water and mix with a whisk. Add oil, crushed green chili and ginger.

Step 3
Prepare the steaming dish by brushing a thin layer of oil. Lastly add eno and give a quick mix and pour into the oiled dish/pan.

Step 4
Steam for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Step 5
Prepare seasoning by adding oil in a pan. When the oil is heated well add mustard and sesame. When mustard splutters add water and let it boil.

Step 6
Pour the mustard sesame water mixture to the warm dhokla and let it soak the water.

Step 7 
Cut into wedges or squares and serve with cilantro mint chutney.

Notes: 
Any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and warm before serving.
Adding water in the seasoning keeps the khaman moist.

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