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Oats Methi Dhokla | Easy Steamed Dishes

The last in the series of Steamed Dishes is this amazingly soft and almost zero oil Dhokla. We have seen MTR Style Rava Idli from South India, Vegetarian Dumplings from the Indo Chinese stable and today we move to Gujarat with these yummy Dhoklas. 

I have a soft corner for Gujarati food and especially dhoklas, having made a few in the past. The repertoire of Dhoklas in Gujarati Cuisine, is enormous and as we prefer steamed snacks a lot at home, this is one list that will keep getting added and made too.

I made a few changes to the original Tarla Dalal recipe. These and more are in the Notes section below.


Other Dhokla varieties / Gujarati dishes on the blog:


Prep time: 15 mins,Steaming time: 12-13 mins,Makes: 18-19 medium sized pieces


  • Powdered Oats flour – 1/2 cup (1 cup = 200 ml)
  • Semolina – 1/2 cup
  • Slightly sour yoghurt – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Methi / fenugreek leaves – finely chopped – 3 TBSP (original recipe had spinach / palak)
  • Sugar – a pinch (skip if using spinach)
  • Minced green chilly – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 1/2 tsp (to saute the methi leaves, if using spinach, you can skip this oil)
  • Fruit salt – 1/4 tsp (I used a combination of 1/4 tsp each of lemon juice & baking soda) 



  1. Mix the Oats flour, semolina, salt, yoghurt, chillies well and keep aside for 15 mins
  2. In a pan, heat oil, splutter jeera & saute methi leaves for 1-2 mins. Keep aside till cool and mix in the sugar.
  3. Mix the methi into the dhokla mixture and add 2 Tbsp of water and bring to a pouring batter consistency 
  4. Lightly grease a dhokla plate and bring a steamer to rolling boil with adequate water.
  5. Just before steaming, add the fruit salt (or its substitute) and add 2 tsp of water when it starts bubbling on top.
  6. Mix gently and pour into greased pan, steam for 12-15 mins or till a skewer comes clean
  7. Rest for 4-5 mins and cut into desired shapes and serve.




1. Next time I would dry roast the Oats first before powdering it.

2. The water quantity mentioned in the original recipe was quite off. So, I had to add 1 tsp of additional semolina to bring it to a normal dhokla (non-runny) consistency. So, watch the water and add little less than mentioned.

3. The chillies itself were very spicy, so next time I would add less spicy chillies or totally skip it. Howver with the chillies in the dhokla, we didnt need any accompaniment. It was just perfect as it is. 

4. Addition of toasted sesame might add a textural element to the soft spongy dhoklas

5. If adding spinach, make sure its completely dry when added as spinach releases a lot of water while cooking.

6. Rest well before cutting into shapes as they crumble easily.

7. If you want to make it vegan, cashew curd can be used although the taste may vary. 

This is for Steamed Dishes underBM#84




  1. Priya Suresh

    Simply love the addition of oats flour and methi here, super healthy dhoklas Kalyani, just love it.

  2. MySpicyKitchen

    Love the addition of oats and menthi. That is one healthy snack.

  3. Nice way to add the greens kalyani. 🙂 Love this version.

  4. Interesting combination of oats and methi.

  5. Wow, dhokla with oats — now that sounds nutritious and delicious.

  6. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Love the way you have used methi in dhokla. I am yet to try dhoklas with green. Waiting for spring to arrive so I can use my own greens.

  7. Very interesting and healthy variation of dhokla.

  8. I love dhokla with any ingredient in them! And this one is wayyy tooo tempting. I am sure it was delicious!

  9. Chef Mireille

    what a healthy and wholesome dhokla and looks delicious too

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