Healthy, delicious Dhokla with green chutney

Dhokla and green chutney is like having a savoury cake for breakfast.

With roots in Gujarat, India, Dhokla is a vegetarian savoury “cake” and can be found in Northern Indian restaurants in Malaysia.

Typically served during breakfast, it can also be served as a snack and is often accompanied with a side of chutney.

Here’s a tasty, healthy and nutritious recipe, that pairs Dhokla with a fresh green chutney that’s easy to make and requires no actual cooking.



  • 1 1/2 cups gram, besan or chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsp semolina flour
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp citric acid
  • 1 1/4c water
  • 1 tbsp baking powder dissolved in water above
  • 2 ½ tsp Eno
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

For the seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 2 dried chilies


  • Sift the gram, besan or chickpea flour and semolina flour together.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients, excluding Eno, to the flour and stir well until it reaches a pouring consistency.
  • Add the Eno and stir it through the batter.
  • Pour the batter into a round 23cm (9”) cake pan.
  • Steam the mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes until it achieves a cake-like consistency, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • While the batter is steaming, heat the oil for the seasoning. Add in mustard and sesame seeds, curry leaves and dried chilli and fry until fragrant.
  • Once the Dhokla is ready, pour the seasoning over the Dhokla.
  • To serve, cut the Dhokla into cubes and serve with a side of chutney.
The Dhokla having a good steam.
Cut the Dhokla into cubes and arrange on a pretty plate.



  • 1 big bunch coriander leaves
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 garlic
  • 2.5cm (1″) ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts


  • Add all the ingredients into a handheld blender and blend till smooth. That’s it!
  • Finally, pour a generous helping next to the Dhokla and serve.

Extra tips

As an additional topping, feel free to sprinkle desiccated coconut over the Dhokla. Yum!

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