Makka Dhokli with Daal (Steamed Savory Maize/Corn cakes with Lentil)

One comfort food/snack which I really enjoy when it rains or cold. Yesterday it was raining so, thought to make this delicious & healthy recipe. It contains high protein, calcium & mineral content of Maize. Also lower in fat since the dhokla is mainly cooked by steaming.

Makki/Maze Ka Dhokla is a soft, delicious & savory steamed cake traditionally associated Rajasthan state in India. It is made of Maize Flour (Makki Ka Atta), crushed green peas which makes it wholesome, healthy & super tasty. It can be taken as a main course or as a side dish. You can eat those as a snack as well.
It can be eaten with Green Chutney, traditionally in Rajasthan it is eaten with urad dal.

Dhokla is a perfect healthy snack option for diabetics and ideal recipe for those who are under a weight loss regime because lower in fat content since the dhokla is mainly cooked by steaming.. Its high in protein, calcium and mineral content of Maize.

Two different ways to make “Makka dhokla”?

  • You can first boil the makka dhokla (Made of Maze flour, peas & spices) then shallow fry.
  • The other way to completely cook them by steaming.
Makka Dhokli with Daal (Steamed Savory Maize/Corn cakes with Lentil)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

In Makka dhokli recipe you can either add tempering in the dough itself or you can add tempering after making dhokla too.

Course: lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, Rajasthani
Keyword: Dhokla, Makka dhokli, peas, Rajasthani food, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 295 kcal
Author: Nisha Sharma
  • 2 Cups Maize Flour (Makki Ka Atta)
  • 1 Cup Peas (Matar), Boiled or crushed
  • 3 Fresh Green Chillies (Hari Mirchi) (Finely chopped)
  • 1 Tsp Ginger paste (or grated ginger)
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander leaves (Finely chopped)
Spices for Dhokla dough
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Papad Khar or Baking soda
  • 1 Tsp Rock Salt (As per taste)
  • 1 Cup Water (As per need for kneading the dough)
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Sesame seeds
  • 1 Tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2-3 Fresh Green chillies
  • 10-15 Fresh Curry leaves
  1. Take Maize Flour in a bowl and mix Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Cumin Seeds (Jeera), Fennel Seeds, Turmeric powder and Coriander Powder in it.

  2. Add crushed peas, finely chopped green chillies, baking soda and coriander leaves to the flour mixture.

  3. Make a soft dough by adding water gradually in it and kneading.

  4. Divide the dough into small portions and press them lightly by hand to make them round. Flatten the dough and make a small hole in the middle of these round dough balls or Dhoklas.

  5. Steam these dhoklas or you can boil too. Check by toothpick or knief that its cooked or not.

  6. Add tempering, enjoy with kadhi or Daal.

Recipe Notes

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