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Authentic Recipe of Khaman. Delicious Indian Traditional Steamed Gram Flour Cakes from Gujarat.

The Indian traditional Khaman is a very light, fluffy, and delicious snack from Gujarat. You can easily make Khaman at home with gram flour.

Things to know about Khaman Recipe

Khaman is the of the few snacks that originate from Gujarat but is famous all over the world. It is a sweet, spongy, and delicious steamed cake that you can have at any time of the day.

The Indian Traditional Steamed Gram Flour Cakes from Gujarat – is a savory snack that is also vegan. It has a sweet-savory taste and a fluffy and spongy texture, making it light and airy. Its preparation involves making a batter of gram flour, spices, and fresh herbs and cooking it with steam.

It is widely famous across India, and you can find it in almost every breakfast shop in North India, along with Samosa and Kachori. It has a tempering of mustard seeds, and curry leaves on the top, and it tastes delicious with mint condiment.

It has similarities with Dhokla. The difference is that it is prepared with chickpea flour, whereas Dhokla also includes rice flour. Eno or fruit salt is one of the main ingredients to prepare it instantly, as it helps in its leavening.

Authentic Recipe of Khaman. Delicious Indian Traditional Steamed Gram Flour Cakes from Gujarat.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: खमण
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Main Ingredient Group Beans and Legumes based Recipes


Servings 20 Pieces
Calories / Serving 56 kcal


For Making the Batter

  • 1.5 cups Gram Flour
  • 3 tbsp Semolina
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 2 units Chili Chopped
  • 1 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder – Curcuma Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Eno Fruit Salt or Baking Soda
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For Preparing the Tempering

  • 3 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Sesame
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 units Chili
  • 5 units Curry Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut For Garnish
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander Leaf Finely Chopped


For Making the Batter

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the sieved gram flour and semolina. Also, add chili, ginger paste, turmeric,  sugar, asafoetida, lemon juice, salt, and oil.
  • Pour in water and combine everything well to form a smooth batter.
  • Now add the fruit salt and pour it into a greased tray. Place this tray in a steamer and cook the Khaman for 20 minutes.
  • Once the Khaman cooks nicely, take it out from the tray and cut it into pieces.

Preparing the Tempering

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them splutter for a few seconds.
  • Then add the sesame seeds, asafoetida,  curry leaves, and chili. Stir for a few seconds and add water to the mixture.
  • Add sugar, salt, and lemon juice to it, and turn off the flame.
  • Pour the tempering into Khaman and serve it hot.
  • Your Indian Traditional Steamed Gram Flour Cakes from Gujarat – Khaman are ready. Enjoy it with green mint condiments.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes


Calories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 443mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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Cooking tip for making Khaman

You can also use baking soda if you don’t have fruit salt.

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What to serve with Khaman?

You can serve Khaman with green condiments, chilis, and grated coconut.

Variations of Khaman

Khaman is similar to Dhokla. The only difference is that Dhokla includes rice flour in the batter.

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