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Besan Dhokla Without Eno In Microwave

Make besan dhokla in the microwave in just 3 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


For Greasing the Bowl

  • 1 tsp Oil

For Dhokla

  • 1 Cup 80 g Besan (Gramflour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Green Chillies Paste
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda + 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

For Tempering

  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds Rai
  • 8 to 10 Curry Leaves
  • 4 to 6 Green Chillies
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon Juice

For Garnishing

  • Few Coriander Leaves Chopped Finely


For Dhokla

  • Take a 4'' by 4'' microwave safe bowl, grease it and keep it aside. You may take a round bowl too.
  • Take besan, salt, oil, lemon juice, sugar and green chillies paste in a bowl. Whisk it nicely.
  • Make a smooth, lump free batter, adding little water at a time.
  • Beat it for a minute or two.
  • Cover it and leave it for at least 15 minutes. You may keep it longer too.
  • Now, instead of Eno, we are using baking soda and lemon juice here. So, sprinkle baking soda on the batter. On this, add lemon juice. Immediately, you will see bubbles.
  • Mix the batter quickly for about 30 seconds. You will find the batter foaming up a lot.
  • Put this batter in the greased microwave safe dish.
  • Tap it to release air bubbles.
  • Cook it in the microwave, on high power, for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • After, 3 minutres, check by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean then take the dish out or continue cooking for 1 more minute.
  • After taking out of the microwave, let it cool down for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Loosen the edges with a knife and invert it on a wire rack.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Invert it in to a plate/serving platter and cut pieces.

For tempering

  • Heat oil, crackle mustard seeds.
  • Add green chillies and water.
  • Add sugar and boil it for 2 to 3 minutes, so that chillies impart their flavour in the water.
  • Let it cool down.
  • When at room temperature, add lemon juice.


  • Put 1/3 of this water on the prepared dhokla.
  • Keep the dhokla in the refrigerator.
  • After an hour or so, you will find dhokla has absorbed all the water and is dry.
  • Now, again put some water.
  • Similarly, after an hour, add the remaining water.
  • Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve with love, tea optional.


  1. Lemon juice is added at 3 stages.
    • First, while making the batter.
    • Secondly, along with baking soda.
    • And thirdly in the tempering.
  2. 2. You may use citric acid in place of lemon juice. 1 Tbsp lemon juice is equal to 1/4 teaspoon citric acid, so use accordingly.
  3. Use any cooking oil.
  4. Besan is a very dry flour. Adding oil to the batter keeps the dhokla moist.
  5. While making the batter, add little water at a time to avoid lumps.
  6. Even after taking out of the microwave, cooking continues due to the extremely hot steam in the dish.
  7. Keep it on a wire rack to avoid the bottom getting soggy.
  8. While the batter is resting, you may prepare the tempering, so that it cools down by the time dhokla is ready.
  9. Lemon juice should be added to the water once it cools down.
  10. Use any microwave-safe bowl, preferably glass. Avoid plastic.
  11. Take a large bowl, as the batter foams up a lot in the microwave.
  12. The quantity of water may vary a little due to the different absorption capacities of besan.
  13. You can make the same dhokla on the gas stove/idli stand.
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