Saturday, 19 May 2018

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla, (Savoury Rice and Lentils Steamed cake) an evergreen and lip-smacking delicacy is from my very own Gujarat. A Soft, spongy and utterly delicious treat is perfect for any time snack, breakfast/brunch or serve in a Gujarati thali as a farsan (savoury dish).

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla-Steamed Rice and Lentils Cake is a popular Gujarati item which is delicious and healthy dish that  can be eaten as breakfast, brunch or at lunch. They can be eaten hot or cold.

We Gujju love our delightful snacks and are famous for it, the states of Gujarat and its people a.k.a Gujarati, synonymous with the word Dhokla or some prefers to say Dhokra. But No, we don't eat Dhokla for everyday breakfast the way they show in Hindi TV serials, Dhokla can be eaten any time of the day, most popular for a tea time snack.

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla-Steamed Rice and Lentils Cake is a popular Gujarati item which is delicious and healthy dish that  can be eaten as breakfast, brunch or at lunch. They can be eaten hot or cold.

In my house, I prepare many different varieties of dhokla recipe every 4-6 weeks over a weekend for lunch when all the family members are together there to enjoy Garma Garam ( Hot and steamy ) Dhokla with various type of chutneys and a cup of masala chai.

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla-Steamed Rice and Lentils Cake is a popular Gujarati item which is delicious and healthy dish that  can be eaten as breakfast, brunch or at lunch. They can be eaten hot or cold.

When you introduce yourself to someone as a Gujarati, then sure the request will be there for perfect Dhokla recipe. A few years back, I was invited to my son's school for some event and I met a couple of Indian ladies who were so keen to learn Dhokla, luckily in the same school there were cooking classes going on, so we requested for an Indian cookery lesson and I was delighted to teach many Indians and Non-Indian,  khatta Dhokla recipe. My Dhokla and it's recipes are so popular amongst my kid's friends and families that a few years back, one of our family friend asked me to prepare and I prepared an Instant Khaman Dhokla for almost 40 people single-handedly as a prasad. ( No, I did not charge a single penny ) and now my daughter's friends from university enjoys  Khatta Sandwich Dhokla.

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla-Steamed Rice and Lentils Cake is a popular Gujarati item which is delicious and healthy dish that  can be eaten as breakfast, brunch or at lunch. They can be eaten hot or cold.

Dhokla, is a well-balanced dish that can satisfy your junk food craving, and are easy to digest. Khatta Dhokla is prepared with Rice, Urad Daal flour that is soaked with sour yogurt and left it to ferment for at least 8-10 hours.

More Dhokla Recipe:- Instant Sooji Matar Dhokla | Three Layered Sandwich Dhokla | Mag Ni Daal Na Lasniya Dhokla

So hey guys, here I am with my super tasty, fluffy and soft Khatta Sandwich Dhokla, filled with finger licking green chutney and topped with aromatic tempering prepared with green spicy chillies and curry leaves and garnished with freshly chopped coriander and coconut. The great thing about this dhokla is that it can be eaten hot or cold.

Tempted! Go on then, soak some rice and daal and follow this recipe to a T and enjoy it!

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla-Steamed Rice and Lentils Cake is a popular Gujarati item which is delicious and healthy dish that  can be eaten as breakfast, brunch or at lunch. They can be eaten hot or cold.

I have used springform cake tin to steam the dhokla so I can have a whole round disk of it.
Adjust the spiciness by increasing or decreasing green chillies according to your taste.

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Snacks, Breakfast, lunch, potluck party
Yield: 6 servings

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla

Khatta Sandwich Dhokla, is a vegetarian healthy, delicious and satisfying dish and hails from the western state of Gujarat in India. This recipe can be made vegan too.
prep time: 12 hourcook time: 30 minstotal time: 12 hours and 30 mins


  • 500g rice ( I used basmati rice )
  • 250g split Urad Daal (Safed adad daal)
  • Salt to taste
  • 200g sour yogurt (Khatta Dahi) Vegan can omit yogurt totally or use an alternative.
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 Tsp. Fruit salt ( ENO)
  • 1 small bowl of Green Chutney Recipe here
Tempering ( Vaghar )
  • 2 tbsp. raw sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 1 Tbsp. Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 5-6 green chillies cut lengthwise
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • Freshly chopped coriander 
  • Desiccated or fresh grated coconut


  1. Clean and wash rice and urad daal then soak both together in a bowl in cold water for at least 8-10 hours or overnight.
  2. In the morning discard the water, Then the soaked rice and daal mixture is ground into a coarse paste adding enough water. Don't add too much water in the beginning, you can always add little water afterwards if you think the batter is too thick.
  3. The batter has to be the same consistency as the idli batter. Add yogurt and salt. Mix well and let it fermented for 6-7 hours in a warm place. In the UK takes 10-12 hours as we have cooler weather here.
  4. Once you are ready to prepare Dhokla, Once you are ready to prepare dhokla, mix oil and soda with little water in a bowl and add into batter.
  5. Mix well, if the batter is too thick add little water.
  6. Start heating water in a big pot.
  7. Mix the batter once again and pour thinly in a deep lightly greased plate. ( I used springform cake tin as I wanted a whole round piece of it)
  8. Steam over water about 15-20 minutes. Pierce knife and check should come out clean if done.
  9. Leave it to cool little.
  10. Steam one more plate of dhokla, so now you'll have 2 dhokla plate.
  11. Remove both dhokla disc from the cake tin.
  12. Place one dhokla piece on a plate, spread a thick layer of green chutney then place second Dhokla cake on top of the chutney.
  13. Gently press it down and leave it aside.
  14. Now prepare vaghar in a small pan by heating oil, add mustard and cumin seeds. Once they splutter add hing, curry leaves and green chillies and a couple of spoon water.
  15. Let the mixture come to boil and turn off the heat.
  16. Pour the vaghar mixture on top of the Dhokla cake, garnish it with coriander and coconut.
  17. Cut into slices and serve it as it is or with a cup of masala chai.
  18. Enjoy!
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  1. I love dhoklas .. the sandwiched version is still better as it has the chutney already.. easy to munch..

    1. Thanks Shobha, also these are easy to carry for a picnic as you won't need extra Tupperware for chutney.

  2. I am a big fan of dhoklas and am saving thsi recipe Jagruti! I like the use of spring form pan and your fabulous photos too.

    1. Thanks Sandhya, hope you guys enjoy these and don't forget to get a click for me :)

  3. Lovely clicks for an amazing Dhokla recipe Jagruthi. Sandwich dhokla looks and sounds absolutely delicious.

  4. I love khatta dhokra. Your sandwich version looks so tempting. Next time will make them like yours. Also a great way to serve dhokra to guests.

  5. How I wish I could lick the screen , droolsome Dhoklas, my very favorite. And spectacular clicks Jagruti, thanks for the recipe :)

  6. Jagruti khatta sandwich dhokla looks super tempting. I wish I could taste it. Bookmarking it to try later. I can feel the amazing taste of this sandwich dhokla.

  7. I love dhokla. This looks so soft, spongy and delicious . This is perfect snack for me and I can eat anytime 😋

  8. How irresistible this Khatta sandwich dhokla looks, wish i could prepare as much as prefect like your Jags, such a pretty looking dish you know. Well done yaar. And dhokla will definitely please our tastebuds without any fail.

    1. Thanks Priya, hahaha then I would say wish I can prepare Dosa as much as perfect like you :)

  9. Drooling here Jagruti! I am nursing a not so good stomach and this one dhokla has me drooling. I wish I can reach out and eat. Looks so delicious and thanks for reminding me that I have not made dhokla in ages.

  10. My family loves dhokla and this sandwich version sounds so flavorful..el surely give it a try soon

  11. It looks awesome and even the name sounds so delicious! A very interesting new recipe I've learned from you today, my friend! Thank you! 😊

  12. Dhokla looks amazing. Beautiful clicks. Sandwich Dhokla Loved by all in my family too

  13. Love dhokla and now I am drooling Jagruti. This khatta sandwich dhokla is delicious.

  14. Looks totally lip smacking and delicious, can have these dhoklas any time of the day!

  15. Love this tempting khatta dhokla to the core and my family went crazy for this when we tried it few days back. Your pictures are making this dhokla look even more inviting and yummy.

    1. Thanks Sapana, Dhokla cheez hi aisi hai that makes you crazy for it :)

  16. Khata sandwich that too in sandwich form !! WOW, lovely idea to grab, surely I'll try this :)

  17. We too love dhokla and make them at least once a month. I love adding a handful of whole pre soaked channa dhal to mine after I grind the batter it gives it a nice texture.I need to come to your house to try these. :)

    1. Thanks Nayna, my mum used to do that too. Please do come, will prepare it for you :)

  18. I love dhoklas and this sandwich dhokla looks scrumptious. Feeling like just grabbing it from the screen. Thanks for the fab recipe jagruti.


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