Rajasthani Makki ka Dhokla

5 from 3 votes

Makki Ka Dhokla is a delicious Rajasthani dish made using Makki Ka Atta (Maize Flour). It is a winter delicacy and is enjoyed as a main course with kadhi or as a snack (vegetarian, can be easily made gluten-free).

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Makki ka Dhokla served on a plate.
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About Makki ka Dhokla

Rajasthani Makki Ka Dhokla is a soft & savory steamed cake traditionally made in every Rajasthani household, especially in winter.

These traditional dhokla are steamed and served along with dal, kadhi, or chutney. Instead of steaming, they can also be cooked in boiling water, and then you can shallow fry them to eat as a snack.

The dhokla is served as a whole, but you can cut them into pieces and give a tadka with mustard seeds, curry leaves, whole red chili, and asafetida.

This makki ka dhokla recipe is vegetarian and can be easily made gluten-free. You can also easily double or triple it.

Ingredients

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Maize Flour (Makki Ka Atta, Corn Meal) – The base of these steamed dhoklas are made using makki ka aata (maiza flour) which is popularly eaten in every Rajasthani household, especially in winter.

Spinach, Radish Greens, and Radish – Some of the popular winter vegetables such as spinach, radish greens, and radish are added to the dhokla dough making it very wholesome. You can also add fresh green peas, cilantro (fresh coriander leaves), and fenugreek leaves (methi) to it.

In some households, people skip these veggies and make the dhokla with just the spices.

Baking Soda – In Rajasthan Papad Khar is used to make these dhoklas, but if you can’t find it you can use baking soda in its place. It works perfectly fine.

Seeds – To add a nice texture and further enhance the flavor, add ajwain (carom seeds), saunf (fennel seeds), and crushed dhaniya seeds (coriander seeds).

You can also add some white sesame seeds (til) to it.

Other Ingredients – You will also need red chili powder, salt, freshly squeezed lime juice, asafetida (hing), fresh ginger, garlic, green chillies, plain yogurt (dahi, curd), and vegetable oil to make this corn meal dhokla recipe.

Skip adding asafetida to make the dhokla gluten-free.

How To Make Makki Ka Dhokla

Add

  • 9 oz (250 g) makki ka atta
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped radish greens
  • ¼ cup finely chopped spinach
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped radish
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

to a large bowl.

All the ingredients added to a bowl.

Mix the mixture with your fingers until it is crumbly.

Crumbly mixture made.

Add lukewarm water, little by little, and knead to make a soft dough. The amount of water will depend on the quality of the maize flour.

Note – If the dough is hard, the dhokla will turn out dense.

Soft dough made.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.

Shape the dough into balls and flatten them a bit.  Make an indentation in the center of the dough.

Shaped dhokla.

Heat an idli pan with water.

Arrange the dhokla on idli steamer and steam for 20-25 minutes on high heat. You can use any steamer to steam the dhokla.

makki dhokla arranged on an idli steamer.
Dhokla steaming.

Transfer the dhokla to the serving plate.

Drizzle sesame oil or ghee over the hot dhokla and serve hot with dal or chutney.

Makki ka dhokla drizzled with ghee.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to temper these dhoklas for snacks?

Cut the dhokla into small pieces and temper them with mustard seeds, asafetida, finely chopped onions, red chili powder, and curry leaves in ghee or oil. Add lots of finely chopped coriander and give it a mix.

This is the best way to use up leftover dhoklas and serve it for your evening snacks.

Can we store makki ke dhokle?

I would recommend you make them fresh and serve them immediately. However, if you have leftovers, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a steamer or in a microwave until nicely warmed before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Makai Ka Dhokla is eaten with different side dishes in Mewar and Marwar.

In Mewar, it is usually eaten with Urad Dal or Panchmel Dal, whereas in Marwar it is eaten along with Rajasthani Kadhi.

You can also serve it as a snack with Green Chutney or Lahsun Ki Chutney.

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Makki Ka Dhokla is a delicious Rajasthani dish made using Makki Ka Atta (Maize Flour). It is a winter delicacy and is enjoyed as a main course with kadhi or as a snack (vegetarian, can be easily made gluten-free).
5 from 3 votes

Rajasthani Makki ka Dhokla Recipe

Makki Ka Dhokla is a delicious Rajasthani dish made using Makki Ka Atta (Maize Flour). It is a winter delicacy and is enjoyed as a main course with kadhi or as a snack (vegetarian, can be easily made gluten-free).
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Equipment

  • Steamer

Ingredients 

  • 9 ounce maize flour (makki ka atta) (250 g)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing) (skip for gluten-free recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons crushed coriander seeds (dhaniya seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped radish greens (mooli ke patte)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped spinach (palak)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped radish (mooli)
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
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Instructions 

  • Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix using your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Add lukewarm water, little by little, and knead to make a soft dough. The amount of water will depend on the quality of the maize flour.
  • Note – If the dough is hard, the dhokla will turn out dense.
  • Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
  • Shape the dough into balls and flatten them a bit. Make an indentation in the center of the dough.
  • Heat an idli pan with water.
  • Arrange the dhokla on idli steamer and steam for 20-25 minutes on high heat. You can use any steamer to steam the dhokla.
  • Transfer the dhokla to the serving plate.
  • Drizzle sesame oil or ghee over the hot dhokla and serve hot with dal or chutney.

Video

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Notes

You can easily double or triple the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 102mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 111IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg
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