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Quick and Easy, Low Calorie, Microwave, Breakfast Recipes: Soft, Spongy Dhokla in 5 Minutes!

Updated on June 6, 2017
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Besan(Gram flour) Dhokla
Besan(Gram flour) Dhokla | Source

Why Do You Need A Quick Recipe For Breakfast!

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  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and most of us believe that.
  • Ideally it should contain all possible nutrients to keep you energetic through the day.
  • That's the reason most of us include Carbohydrates, Proteins, fruits and vegetables etc. etc. in our morning breakfast.
  • I also do the same for my family. But sometimes eating the same food every day becomes boring. And fortunately or unfortunately my family loves variety.
  • Therefore I have to think of new ways to impress their appetite.
  • Indian breakfast recipes comprise mostly of vegetable stuffed Parantha, Idlis, Perched Rice Upma, Rawa or Sooji Upma etc.
  • And needless to say they require lot of planning and preparation.
  • Therefore many working couples nowadays prefer Oats, Cornflakes, Sandwiches, Muesli and other quick and easy breakfast options.
  • I personally prefer recipes, which are cooked quickly with minimum ingredients.
  • At the same time it should be nutritious with less in calorie.
  • Besan Dhokla is one such breakfast recipe, which is prepared with very few ingredients, is nutritious and does not require too much of preparation.
  • Hope you like this!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 4 people
Ingredients: Besan or Gram flour, salt, mustard seeds, curry leaves
Ingredients: Besan or Gram flour, salt, mustard seeds, curry leaves | Source

Ingredients

  • 250 gm. Besan or Gram flour, Besan or Gram flour packets are easily available at grocery shops or super markets
  • 1 cup Beaten Curd, Home made curds are best suited for this recipe.
  • 1/2 teaspoonful Salt
  • 10 to 20 Curry leaves, For Aroma
  • 1 tablespoonful Cooking oil, For Tempering
  • 1 teaspoonful Black Mustard Seeds, For Tempering
  • 1 Finely chopped Green chili, Optional
The Dhokla mixture
The Dhokla mixture | Source
Dhokla after cooking in microwave
Dhokla after cooking in microwave | Source

The simple steps to cook steaming hot Dhoklas!

  1. Mix Besan or Gram flour, salt with the beaten curd thoroughly and evenly. It is better to use slightly sour curd. The consistency should resemble a cake mixture.
  2. Cover it and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Grease a microwave friendly bowl and pour the mixture in it.
  4. Place the bowl in a microwave and set it for 5 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes open the door of the microwave and check with a toothpick or knife to see that its done.
  6. The toothpick or the knife should come out clean.
  7. If it is not then cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Take the Dhokla out and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then cut into square or diamond shapes.
  9. For seasoning or 'baghar/ chownk' , heat oil in a pan. Add black mustard seeds, green chili and curry leaves.
  10. Evenly spread on the Dhokla and mix gently. Serve hot.
Cut Dhokla into desired pieces
Cut Dhokla into desired pieces | Source
Dhokla after tempering!
Dhokla after tempering! | Source

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Some Other Variations And Tips:

  • Dhokla can also be made with Semolina flour, Rice flour or any other Daal or pulses flour.
  • Dhokla can be prepared in advance, that is previous night as well. Only the tempering (chownk/ baghar/ tadka) part can be done when it is to be eaten.
  • It can be heated in a microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Some Microwaves may be different with regard to time and temperature. You may cook according to your microwave' s instructions.
  • Some people complain that microwave cooking dries their recipe.
  • You may put little water in a cup inside your microwave to avoid that. You may also cover the mixture loosely with microwave friendly lid, to avoid drying.
  • The traditional method of cooking Dhokla is in a double boiler or in a pressure cooker.
  • The Dhokla no doubt tastes delicious but takes more time than microwave cooking.
  • Some people prefer to add baking powder in the mixture to let the Dhokla rise and become spongy.
  • It is your individual preference. I believe it may not be necessary in Microwave cooking.
  • But in the fast paced life of today, Microwave cooking is a good option for busy couples.
  • Enjoy the recipe!

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“I know family comes first, but shouldn't that mean after breakfast?”

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MarleneB for reading and commenting on this hub. I am glad you liked the recipe. Yes you can make it with rice flour as well and even with semolina. I have even tried it with leftover bread pieces.

      Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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      Marlene Bertrand 9 months ago from Northern California, USA

      This is definitely something I want to try because it looks quick and easy. I will probably make it with rice flour because I already have that handy - one less item to search for. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Cynthia, for reading and appreciating the hub! That's a good idea to tag it as gluten free recipe. It did not strike me. Thank you for the suggestion .

      I am sure you will try this recipe. You can even try it on a double boiler.

      Thank you so much!

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      Cynthia 21 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      This looks very inviting. I do not have a microwave but I do have a 'one-pot' electronic pressure cooker that I can try it in. You can tag it as "gluten free" too! Cheers! ~Cynthia

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      Chitrangada Sharan 24 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rajan ji, for your visit and comments!

      Yes this method of preparing Dhokla is really very quick and equally delicious. Hope you would like it.

      Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 24 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      we have never prepared dhokla in a microwave before but this looks very good so we will try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you poetryman6969, for stopping by and commenting!

      It is really very tasty. Try it, You would love it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mary, for your kind visit, votes, share and comments!

      It's a very easy recipe and can be made quickly. You can use unsweetened or unsalted yogurt if you don't get curd. I usually set curd on my own. Nothing like home made fresh curd, which is quite simple to make.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      This looks a lot like cornbread. I'll bet it would be tasty.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I would really like to try making Dhokla. I'm stumped at using curd. I've never used that before. Will have to check out local stores. I like to make Quiche, but sure would like to try this recipe.

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks peachpurple, for stopping by and appreciating!

      Yes it is very spongy just like cake but made with altogether different ingredients and procedure.

      Thanks!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      looks very yummy, like a sponge cake but Indian flavor, must try, thanks

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Samprita!

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      Dr. Samprita Sahu 2 years ago from Indore, India

      I didn't cover it n probably that's the reason it came out a little dry. Will keep that in mind ...

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Samprita!

      Good to know that you tried this recipe.

      May be the curd was less in quantity. In fact the mixture should be free flowing. If you are making instantly, it is good to use a bit sour curd and mix thoroughly. I don't use baking powder, but there is no harm in adding a pinch.

      If you are making in a microwave, it is good to place the bowl containing the mixture of dhokla in a microwave safe plate, filled with half cup of water(in the plate). You may cover the mixture loosely, to avoid moisture to dry up. Do not cover tightly as it will blow off and is dangerous. Microwave lids are available for that purpose.

      I have mentioned all this above in the 'Tips.'

      Hope you get it right the next time. Thanks again!

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      Dr. Samprita Sahu 2 years ago from Indore, India

      Hi Chitrangada, after reading your hub I was so tempted and I tried this recipe immediately. It indeed is quite simple. But I don't know where did I go wrong. It came out a little dry and wasn't as fluffy as it should have been. Probably the amount of curd I had taken was less or do we have to add some baking soda too???

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Samprita, for your kind visit and comments!

      Dhoklas can be easily made at home. I hope this hub will help you do that.

      Thanks!

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      Dr. Samprita Sahu 2 years ago from Indore, India

      I have always tried making dhoklas with the instant mix. Got to try this one soon... :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Journey*, for stopping by!

      Yes we can substitute this with many other ingredients, in case those mentioned above are not available with you. Glad you liked this recipe.

      Thanks for appreciating and voting up!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you for this interesting recipe that is flexible with possible substitutions for the type of flour used. The photos are very nice as well! Voted up & interesting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice! Glad you liked it.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sounds like something worth trying! Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your visit and comment!

      Glad you liked it!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Simple and so healthy. I like your idea.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you vespawoolf, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I agree with you that I have to think of new recipes to serve something interesting to my family. It is a way to celebrate happiness along with my family.

      Thank you so much for your support!

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      This sounds like a delicious option for breakfast. I guess your family´s preference for something new keeps you looking for recipes! But that keeps things interesting and gives you more Hubs to write. : )

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you travmaj, for your visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked this recipe and will try this as well.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Mmmmm - this looks different and delicious. I shall try it when my daughter visits next month - I'm sure she will be impressed. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you dilipchandraji, for reading and commenting!

      I like Dhoklas because they are easy to make, nutritious and can be prepared without oil.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for visiting and commenting!

      I hope your Dhoklas come out softer this time. Thanks again!

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      I see Dhokla in every sweet shop in the city i reside. Few times i tasted :) Now i know how this recipe is prepared.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      I often make dhokla but they do not come out soft and fluffy, I will try making them with your recipe, thank you for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AliciaC, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Glad you liked the recipe and I am sure you would love it, if you make it for its simplicity and nutritive value.

      Thank you so much!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rota, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad you like the recipe and the layout. Thanks again!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Venkatachariji!

      I am glad you like the recipe. I also love cooking the traditional way, but the present generation has very little time for cooking. And they generally prefer faster cooking methods.

      Thank you so much!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for visiting and commenting!

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Susan Recipes, for your visit and comments!

      Glad you liked it!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like an interesting meal. It's very different from what I usually eat for breakfast, but I'm looking forward to trying it. I love reading about new recipes that are unusual for me.

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      Rota 2 years ago

      Very nice hub. I enjoy dhokla and used to eat it a lot years ago. I like the way that you created the layout of the hub too.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting recipe. It looks very appealing, though I didn't eat it till now. The instructions are so simple that I can prepare now. I prefer preparing in cooker.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I always enjoy reading about new recipes from different cultures. Thank you for this one.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Wow.. These Dhoklas looked simply amazing. I have never made them before. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Voted up.