How to Make White Dhokla for Babies & Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

White Dhokla Recipe

Introduce your child to a nutritious and tasty low fat snack from the Gujarati cuisine. This steamed and fermented rice and lentil cake is very light and spongy. White dhokla for babies is made by using rice, yogurt and split black gram. It looks like a rice cake or idli because of its white color, but it’s completely different in taste. Even kids with no teeth will happily eat it and it is suitable for toddlers. Your kids will love this dish and this way you can give them the qualities of traditional rice and lentils.

Cooking Time:

Type  Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 08:00:00
Cook Time 00:30:00
Total Time 08:30:00

Cooking Method

Gas or steamer

Type of Meal


Suitable for

Babies of 9 months age and above

Meal Schedule

Mid-morning snack or Evening snack

Recipe Type

Main dish


Type  Quantity 
Rice (Basmati) 1/2 cup
Split black gram (Urad dal) 1/2 cup
Ginger paste 1/2 tsp
 Baking soda  1 tsp
 Refined oil  2-4 tsp
 Rock salt  1 tsp
 Crushed black pepper  1/2 tsp
 Curry leaves  10-12
 Mustard seeds  1 tsp
Asafoetida  1/2 tsp
 Sour yogurt (curd)  1/2 cup


Here are step by step directions given for making homemade white dhokla baby food recipes.

For making the batter of white dhokla:

  • Rinse urad dal and basmati rice thoroughly under the running water.
  • Soak them in separate utensils for around 4 hours.
  • Drain the water and add the wet rice and dal in a clean grinder.
  • Add the ginger paste in the grinder.
  • Grind the mixture and add water at intervals.
  • The batter should not be runny in texture, rather it should be thick. Check the batter, if it is having a little bit of grainy texture, then it is perfect for making dhokla.
  • Pour the batter into a deep vessel and add sour yogurt to it and then add salt.
  • Give it a nice mix and ferment this mixture overnight or for around 7 hours.

For making the white dhokla:

  • Pour some water in the steamer and allow it to boil.
  • Grease the dhokla pan with oil.
  • Take the vessel of the batter and add oil to it.
  • Then add baking soda to the batter.
  • Stir it well so that the baking soda is distributed uniformly in the batter.
  • Pour the batter on the greased pan sprinkle rock salt and black pepper on it.
  • Place the pan in the steamer.
  • Cover the steamer and allow it to steam for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Take a toothpick to check if the dhokla is cooked properly or not.
  • Insert the toothpick in the batter and if it comes clean, it is done.
  • Prepare the tampering by using a tadka pan.
  • Pour some oil and allow it to heat, then add asafoetida, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.
  • Allow it to sputter and remove from heat.
  • Add the tampering on the dhokla and spread it evenly.
  • Remove the pan and allow it to cool down a bit.
  • Slice it into your favorite shapes and serve it.

Recipe Tips

  • Do not make it spicy for your kids. Keep the taste mild so that your kids can enjoy it. 
  • Use the home-made ginger paste as it will not contain any chemical in it and it is safe for babies.
  • While keeping the batter for fermentation, keep it at a warmer place.
  • Be quick in stirring after adding the baking soda to the batter.

Nutritional Information (Serving Per 100 Gram)

Type  Value 
Energy 324 Kcal
 Fat  3 gm
 Cholesterol  5 mg
 Sodium  853 mg
 Potassium  134 mg
 Carbohydrates  61 gm
 Fiber  4 gm
Sugar 2 gm
Protein  10 gm
Vitamin A 140 IU
Vitamin C 25 mg
Calcium 86 mg
Iron 1.9 mg

Health Benefits

Learned how to make white dhokla? Now learn about the health benefits of white dhokla.

  • It is a good source of protein. 
  • The probiotic content of this dish will help you, baby, to build a barrier in their GI tract and this will make their immune system strong and will prevent infections. 
  • It is easy to digest and helps in keeping the digestive system healthy. 
  • It improves bowel movement and helps in constipation. 

Buying Guide

  • Check the quality of rice before buying. 
  • There should not be holes in the grains. 
  • Do not add rice or lentils having preservatives in it. 
  • If possible, bring home the organic grains for your toddler. 
  • Check for the expiry date of the curd and other spices before buying it. 
  • Do not buy curry leaves it they are yellow and have black dots on it. Always buy curry leaves that are dark green. 

You can also enjoy this delicious dish along with your toddler. This simple white dhokla recipe is easy to make and if you have prepared the batter, it can be prepared in a jiffy. It tastes awesome and it is super healthy, gluten-free snack for your little ones. 


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