The much awaited….Quinoa Dhokla!

Yes health food can be Fun too…A delicious Light-as-air Quinoa Dhokla, that will make you want to sing & dance with joy! Best of all, this Dhokla measures up to the regular one in taste, texture and looks…You’ve just got to try it to believe it!! 🙂

Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Dhokla:

  • 1/2 cup moong dal
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk/thin yoghurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp haldi
  • 1/8 tsp citric acid / 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp eno

For the Chaunk (Tempering):

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3-4 Kari patta leaves
  • 2 slit green chillies
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • a generous squeeze of lime.

Soak 1/2 cup moong dal with 3/4 cup quinoa in warm water for 2 hours.
Drain and grind with 1/2 inch ginger, 1-2 green chillies and 1/2 cup buttermilk/thin yoghurt.
Add 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp haldi, 1/8 tsp citric acid (or 2 tsp lemon juice) and mix.
Also add 1/2 tsp eno and stir lightly.
Pour into greased thali and steam in cooker for 8-10 minutes.
Once dhokla becomes slightly cool (about 5 minutes), pour chaunk on top and rest for 15-20 minutes.
Cut into slices and serve, with green chutney!
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For the chaunk…
Heat 1 tsp oil. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter, add 3-4 Kari patta leaves and 2 slit green chillies. Cook for a few seconds. Now add 1/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp sugar and a generous squeeze of lime. Bring to boil, simmer for a minute. Ready to pour over dhokla!

Serve with tangy Hari Chutney


  1. How much does this recipe make?

  2. Hi, Can I make this without citric acid? I have everything else. Thanks!

  3. Wow! These look amazing! Gonna try them this weekend -can I freeze some overnight to take the next day to a picnic?
    (btw, love your crockpot kadhi -I made it on the slow cooker setting of instapot and it turned out fabulous.)

    • No need to freeze…you can easily make them a day ahead!
      Also thanks for the feedback on the crockpot kadhi! 🙂

  4. When you say “cooker”, do you mean pressure cooker? In the past, I’ve tried making semolina dhokla in a bamboo steamer, and it never firms up in the center, no matter how long I steam it. I’m not sure what the problem is.

    • I use a dhokla steamer, for steaming dhokla. This can be placed inside a large pressure cooker.

  5. Can I use Eno in place of citric acid?

  6. I made it today exactly per your instructions and it turned out very good! Loved it with little extra chillies spicines too. Thank you?

  7. Hi Ruchi, lovely recipes always. I have tried a number of them and they always turn out so well.
    Quick question: what mixer grinder do you use? I have been wanting to buy one here in USA. I want something that is multipurpose. Good for my chutneys too in small portions.


  8. I don’t have eno. can you please recommend a substitute? btw, your buckwheat idlis were awesome!

  9. i dont have eno ,is there anything other than eno to use .

  10. Any substitute for buttermilk/yogurt to make it vegan?

  11. What is quinoa ?

  12. Is there a substitute(non-dairy) for buttermilk/thin yogurt in this recipe? Can’t wait to try!!

  13. How can I make it without the buttermilk as I don’t have dairy? And what can I use to steam if I don’t have a dhokla maker?

  14. Sounds really good. Any substitute for eno?
    Thank you.

  15. Is there a substitute for ENo?

  16. Is there a replacement for Eno?

  17. at what heat level we cook in steamer?

  18. Instead of ENO can we use baking soda and on Pressure cooker with weight or without and med high is?do you cover the vessel in the pressure cooker for steaming.

    • Baking soda will leave an unpleasant aftertaste.

      Pressure cook without weight on medium high.

      You will use the pressure cooker lid, but you need not cover the thaali inside.

  19. Hi Ruchi…. can i use mixed quioena… (mixture of red white n black quioena)

  20. I meant, no fermentation, right?

  21. Tried this recipe and loved it. It taste different than regular dhokla but we liked it. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  22. This was a lovely recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. I tried quinoa dhokla today and it came out amazing..I was a bit skeptical in the beginning regarding the taste but it was very nice…it’s a healthy version of dhokla as there is no requirement of oil at all..thanks Ruchi for the recipe..

  24. Hi Ruchi I followed your recipe exactly although it looked good and tasted fine the texture was not fluffy as a regular dhokla but hard and chewy. What can I improve ?

  25. Sheetal Totloorker

    Can I replace Eno with Baking Soda ? If yes, then what would be the measurement?