Vateli Dal na Khaman
Khaman is a snack common in the Gujarat state of India made from soaked and freshly ground channa dal or channa flour (also called gram flour or besan). Every morning, Lariwala(Stollman) sell Khaman to working people where I grew up. Generally eaten as a snack, it is mostly served with sev, fried chillies and chutney as a breakfast, snack or light lunch. In some shops it is also served traditionally in a large green leaf. Sometimes it is also garnished with scraped coconut. Khaman, often part of the Gujarati Thali (traditional dish containing various components of a full meal) is very similar to dhokla, in which the batter is made with a mixture of rice and lentil flour, resulting in a distinct texture and taste. Nonetheless, Khaman, Khaman-Dhokla and Dhokla are often used interchangeably and are synonymous with a steamed snack made with a batter composed of lentil flour or a mixture of lentil and rice flours. Although a Gujarati snack, it has become increasingly popular across India, as well as in other regions with a sizable Gujarati community.
Dhokla Khaman is often confused with dhokla, which resembles khaman in size and shape up to a great extent. However, Khaman are softer and light yellow in color while dhokla are generally harder and white or very pale yellow in color. Dhokla is made from soaked rice with little amount of Chana Dal.
Khaman can be prepared instant as well using Besan(Chickpea Flour). Click here for the Instant Khmana recipe. But to me personally, they are not as good as made with soaked ground dal.
Below is the instruction video to prepare Khaman step by step.
The batter is prepared from overnight or 6-8 hours soaked chana dal (split desi chickpeas).