White Dhokla Recipe

White Dhokla

Gujaratis and Dhoklas go synonymous. There are tons of variations of Dhoklas but the two most popular ones are Khaman dhokla (yellow in colour) and white dhokla (white in colour). 

White dhokla, a soft and fluffy steamed food item; is easily an all time favourite starter, breakfast item or a tea-time snack. People also call it by various names like Rumali dhokla, Idra, Indra or Idadaa.

How to make White Dhokla at home?

The process to make this soft, savoury and delicious dhokla might be a little lengthy, but the recipe is certainly easy. 

White Dhokla Recipe:


Rice or any small rice 2 cups

Urad dal 1 cup

Green chilli paste 1 teaspoon

Eno regular (fruit salt) 1 teaspoon

Asafoetida (Hing) ¼ teaspoon

Black pepper 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste


1) Soak rice and urad dal for about 7 to 8 hours.

2) Grind the rice and urad dal into fine paste. Add a little water while grinding the paste to get smooth batter.

3) Now place the batter bowl in a warm place for about 6 to 7 hours for fermentation.

4) If the batter is too thick, add little water gradually to get fine smooth batter. Time to add the green chilli paste, Eno (or baking soda) and salt to the fermented batter and mix gently. 

5) Pour 1 cup of batter immediately into a greased 9” diameter thali and spread evenly by rotating the thali clockwise. Then sprinkle black pepper powder all over.

6) Steam in a steamer for 10 minutes on medium heat or till the dhoklas are cooked. Then apply oil on the cooked dhokla.

7) Cool slightly and cut into equal sized pieces.


You may use baking/cooking  soda 1/4 teaspoon instead of eno (fruit salt). After adding Eno to the batter be quick to put the plate into vessel otherwise the soda goes off and the dhoklas will not be spongy and soft as they ought to be.

To make white Khatta Dhokla, (for sweet, sour and tangy taste) you can add 1/3rd cup of curd and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to the batter.

I hope you would relish the delicious white dhoklas! If you are a fan of tangy chaat food or Ind0-Chinese dish, check my earlier recipes:

Ragda Pattice recipe (Mumbai Style)

Veg Hakka Noodles recipe