Khatta Dhokla Recipe,how to make Gujarati Khata dhokla

Priya Joshi | Apr 3, 2016 | 9 Comments so far

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As its name suggest, "khatta" is the flavor of this dhokla.This is world famous Gujarati snack.I can say that ,this is the recipe which represents Gujarat.When you think of gujarat,"Dhokla" Is the name comes in your mind first.Dhoklas tastes BEST at room* temperature with green chutney and tea.I consider Dhokla+tea+green chutney as a complete package.

Long ago,I have shared Khaman recipe with you guys. This khatta dhokla is fermented version of dhokla recipe.Khatta dhokla is fermented,steamed,savory rice and lentils cake which is gluten free,less oily and nutritious .We have lot of variations in dhoklas and i promised you to share all them with you guys.
For now ,I am sharing the way my mom used to make.If you browse the recipe,You may find the versions which uses Urad dal(black skinless gram split) along with rice.I am adding surprise here:)

I am not using Urad dal here.My mumma used to make this recipe with bengal gram/Chana dal along with rice.So the color of these dhoklas are yellowish.
You can use any type of rice here but please avoid to use boiled rice.In India, You will get ready made dhoklas as a snack in many shops but those are flour dhokla OR khaman .
Dhokla is Gluten free Recipe...

Khatta dhokla batter need to be fermented well if you want really spongy and savory dhoklas. Many people use curd or lemon juice to the batter for getting perfect sour taste. I usually avoid it.I believe in fermentation magic :)
quick tip to make perfect khatta dhoklas- "Avoid over fermentation of the batter".
These dhoklas are even more spongy than idlis.I have prepared two versions here-One is with tempering and another one is regular masala dhokla without tempering.Me and mr.hubby likes khata dhokla without tempering.And in my home* ,It is normally breakfast menu for weekend.I recommend you to try these khata dhokla without tempering.
Khatta dhokla
Dhokla-without tadka

If you want to check Other Classic gujarati recipes,Please read the list below.

Recipe Details for making Khatta Dhokla below:

  Khatta Dhokla Recipe-how to make Gujarati Thali dhokla

Prep Time : 3 hours
Fermentation time:8 hours in summers and 10 hours in winters
Cook Time : 15 min
Total Time : 8 hours + 15 min
Main Ingredient :Rice,Bengal gram/chana dal
Serves :3 approx
Cuisine : Gujarat

Ingredients for batter:
  • Regular Rice - 1 cup
  • Chana Dal / bengal gram- 1/2 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Water - 2-3 cup [approx]
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Ingredients for Tempering/Tadka:
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - 5-6 
  • Green Chilies ,sliced- 1 medium
Other Ingredients: 
  • Red chili powder - as per your need
  • Black pepper powder -as per your need [optional]
  • Fresh coriander leaves - garnishing
    1. Rinse the rice and Chana dal a couple of times in water.soak them together or separately in enough water for 3-4 hours.drain them well and then in a wet grinder, add the drained rice and Chana dal.
    2. Grind the rice and urad dal adding 2 to 3 tbsp water at intervals.
    3. The batter should be thick like the idli batter.
    4. When you feel the batter, a little grainy texture of the ground rice is preferable.
    5. Pour the batter in a deep bowl or pan.
    6. Keep the batter in a warm place to ferment overnight or for 7-8 hours.after 7-8 hours you will few small bubbles on the top of batter which is a sign that your batter is fermented.
    7. Add the Salt and Sugar in the batter.
    8. Before preparing the dhoklas, grease the pan in which you will be making the dhokla with oil.
    9. Add water in your steamer or pan or pressure cooker and let the water come to a boil.
    10. First add oil in the batter and stir well.
    11. Then add baking soda to the batter.Be quick enough to stir well, so that baking soda is distributed uniformly in the batter.
    12. Pour on a greased pan. sprinkle with black pepper powder, red chili powder and coriander.
    13. place the pan with the dhokla batter in the steamer or pot or pressure cooker.
    14. cover and steam for 10-15 minutes or more till a tooth pick inserted in the khatta dhokla comes out clean.
    15. when done, remove and let the khatta dhoklas become warm.
    16. slice and serve the khatta dhokla with coriander chutney.
      Khatta dhokla
    Method for tempering: 
    1. If you decided to make tempered khatta dhokla then after completing step:15,Heat Oil in tadka pan.
    2. Add Mustard seeds.When they crackle add asafoetida and green chili.
    3. Remove the flame and add curry leaves.
    4. Gently pour this tadka on Dhokla pan.
    5. Allow them to absorb the flavor of tadka for 5 minutes to 8 min.
    6. Slice them and serve.
      Khatta dhokla
    • if using a pressure cooker, remove the vent weight (whistle) and cover the lid tightly and steam for the same amount of time.
    • If the batter is fermented enough then it will naturally release the savory aroma and gives the savory taste to the batter. however if you feel your batter is not savory enough ,Add 1-2 tbsp sour curd in batter and mix well.
    • In summers, Batter will be ready in 7-8 hours when vessel is in warm place like microwave.

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    1. I've never heard of this food. Sounds interesting and delicious
      Thanks for sharing your knowledge

    2. I've never seen anything like this how interesting!

    3. Mouth watering dhokla recipe. YUMMY!

    4. Thank you Kushi,Shibani,Deborah :)

    5. yummm.....I am mouth watering here...could u pass me some

    6. This type of dhokla is new to me.. I usually prepare khatta dhokla with urad dal.. Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

    7. Yummy... thanks for sharing the recipe. :)


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