Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nylon Khaman / Steamed Chickpea Dumplings

I am not a very big fan of Khaman or Dhokla. But once in a while I can eat it. It has reasons, first in my house its only me who has to eat it and for me I don't like to do that much effort. I can survive without that and two, you have to make it in big batch because for small quantity also its going to take same time as one dish in khaman cooker. So when  I have chance to make it in big batch I take it and make these goodies. There are lot of varieties of Khaman, instant, nylon, traditional one, rava , adding purees of vegs and list can go on and on. Today I am sharing simple Nylon Khaman, as per the name says these are so soft and spongy that's why the name is. The addition of fruit salt to the batter, and water to the tempering, are the two main factors responsible for the super-soft and spongy nature of this khaman. Temper it with spices and serve it immediately and you will love it.


1 cup besan
1 1/2 tbsp semolina  (rava)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp ginger , green chili paste
1/2 tsp citiric acid  or 1 tsplemon or lime juice
 salt to taste
2 tsp fruit salt
3 1/2 tsp oil  for greasing and cooking
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2-3 green chilies slits
a pinch of  hing
2 to 3 curry leaves - optional

Combine the besan, semolina, sugar, ginger-green chilli paste, citric acid and salt along with little water (approximately ¾ cup) in a bowl and mix well with the help of your hand to get a smooth and thick batter.
Divide the batter into 2 equal portions and keep aside.
Add 1 tsp of fruit salt to a portion of the batter and mix gently.
Pour the batter immediately into a greased 125 mm. (5") diameter thali and spread evenly by rotating the thali clockwise.
Steam in a steamer for 12 to 15 minutes or till the khamans  are cooked. Keep aside.
Repeat the steps to make one more thali of khamans. or if you have one big and one small thali you can pour batter in to both thalies and put small one first and then top it with big one so you can save time and gas too.
Heat 3 tsp of oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds.
When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds. Green chilies, asafoetida and curry leaves, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
Remove from the flame and add 1½ tbsp of water and mix well.
Pour this tempering over the khamans.
Cool slightly and cut into equal sized pieces.
This also perfect dish for picnic , if you don't mind it eating it at room temperature.
.Hetal's event


  1. Linsy,those dokhlas look so yummy!

  2. Nice khaman dhokla! Thanks for linking!

  3. I wasn't even aware that such a dish existed but its sure lovely and that semolina has come on very strong for flavors and taste. The tempering with curry leaves are awesome and I have a very high weakness for the fragrant of curry leaves.

  4. Wow i love this looks so good.I have to try it soon.

  5. looks super soft,love to have them .

  6. lovely idea and delicious one .you are always making differnt .rock

  7. well made dear,i too made it on saturday, first time made,came out good.

  8. Oh linsy , I was searching for this recipe big time. You made my day. will let u know the results.

  9. Delicious nylon khaman, I heard lot about them, but not yet got a chance to try it.

  10. Delicious khaman dear... and thanks for linking to my events...

  11. Dhokla looks yummy...Thank you for linking it

  12. Omg, those dhoklas makes me hungry..

  13. All time favorite plate for a Gujju!!! Loved it dear... I do try a variety of flavors in khaman, will use ur way of doing it too :)

  14. Delicious looking dhokla dear.

  15. Amazing dhokla..love the name..nylon khaman:)

  16. healthy n protien packed..n steam foods r always fat free..

  17. These look delicious! I love chickpeas.

  18. Soft and fluffy,looks super yum

  19. Looks yummy, super soft & great !

  20. so healthy and so delicious!!! perfect for travel or breakfast or for lunchbox!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!


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