Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman

September 19, 2016mayurisjikoni
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What is Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman?


Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman is an easy recipe. You can also prepare this using ready made dhoklas(dhokras) or make the dhoklas at home. The recipe for khaman dokhla(dhokras) is easy.I prepared the dhokla at home. What I love about this recipe is that if you are fighting for time, make the dhoklas whenever you have time, store it in the fridge and use it whenever you want. It also does not require any chutneys. Having said that, we still prefer to serve it with chutney. I prefer using half besan flour(chickpea flour) and half semolina as that make the crumb much better. Check out my Instant Dhokla Recipe.

Angels are often disguised as daughters

The week just goes by so quickly. Every day I wake up and say to myself,  2 more months, few more weeks before the wedding and so much to do. Yesterday when we were discussing with my future son-in-law and his mum what happens after the wedding ceremony, so it was like “bidaai (farewell to the bride) will happen and we take Nami (my daughter) with us”, said her future mother in law. I wanted to burst into tears at the moment, as reality is fast approaching that she will belong to some other family. I had to be really strong and keep a smiling face, but am sure that if hubby dear would have been with me I surely would have burst out crying. As I am writing this, I do have tears in my eyes and right now(Sunday night) am sitting along at the dining table and writing this post and can cry openly.

FoodieMonday/ Bloghop Group

I nearly was going to skip this week’s #FoodieMonday#Bloghop, our 58th theme which is tea time savouries. But, as my blog is not only for food recipes but also a place where I pen down my thoughts, events, happenings etc, I decided to write so that my heavy heart can feel lighter. Blogging is also my way of relaxing and calming myself.

Present Day

In this modern age, I know its not like before where daughters were not able to communicate with parents and her family, but its not the same. Priorities change and I feel that I’m losing her. After a few days of her marriage she will be back with us as her hubby to be will be going off to Dubai and she will have to wait till she gets a job there. But for now I feel that a part of my heart will leave me forever.

When My Mum Got Married

When my mum got married in the early 50s, life for her was really tough. She was the first one from her family to leave her village Koyali in Gujarat and come all the way and that too along by flight to Nairobi, Kenya. It was after nearly 10 years that she was able to go back to India to visit her parents. In the meantime, the only way to communicate with her family was by letters which took days and weeks to arrive back then.

When I Got Married

Immediately after my marriage, my parents moved to UK. Though I could speak to them over the phone every week(in the 80s phone calls were very expensive), I saw them after 2 years when my mum and dad came to Kenya when I delivered my first born. After that I saw them after 3 years, when I traveled to UK to spend time with them.

Well, life has to carry on and we cannot keep our children attached to our apron strings. They have to lead their own life.

How I decided on Amiri Khaman For The Theme

Coming to my contribution for the tea time savouries, I decided to make Amiri Khaman. I’ve made the snack a few times and simply love it but hadn’t got down to blogging the recipe. I decided to make this snack on Saturday as I thought that when my future son-in-law and his mum arrive, I will serve it as a snack. However, Bangalore traffic is so bad, that it took them nearly 4 hours to reach home, so there was no tea time but served this preparation along with the dinner as a starter.

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Ingredients Required For Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman

  • Chickpea Flour – bengal gram flour, besan, chana no lot – if you are making the dhokla at home. You can always choose to buy ready made ones.
  • Semolina – medium coarse, for the dhokla, if making at home.
  • Fresh Ginger Paste – for the dhokla
  • Fresh Green Chilli – for the dhokla you need in the paste or minced form. For the tempering need to slice them into rings.
  • Garlic Paste – for the dhokla
  • Turmeric Powder – for the dhokla
  • Sugar – for the dhokla
  • Salt – for the dhokla
  • Eno – or soda bicarbonate (baking soda) for the dhokla as the leavening agent. If you use soda bicarbonate, do not add turmeric powder. The dhokla will have brown spots.
  • Oil – for the dhokla and tempering.
  • Warm Water – for the dhokla.
  • Mustard Seeds – rai, for tempering
  • Sesame Seeds – tal, simsim, for tempering
  • Curry Leaves – limdi, limdo, kari patta for tempering
  • Fresh Coriander – chopped for tempering and garnishing.
  • Cashew Nuts – chopped for tempering. Optional
  • Asafetida – hing for the tempering, optional
  • Lemon Juice – optional
  • Pomegranate Arils – for serving the amiri khaman with.
  • Fresh Grated Coconut – for serving the amiri khaman with.
  • Thin Sev – mostly available ready made, these are thin noodle like savory snack made from chickpea flour.
  • Green Chutney – for serving the amiri khaman with. Its optional. Click on the name for the recipe.
  • Garlic Chutney – for serving the amiri khaman with. Its optional. Click on the name for the recipe.







Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman is simply dhoklas that are crumbled, tempered and served with sev, coconut and pomegranate. Serve this at tea time with hot masala tea or a cold drink. Check out the recipe and enjoy this tea time snack.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snack, Starter
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 8



  • cups besan flour
  • cups semolina
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp Eno, fruit salt
  • 1-1½ tsp salt
  • cups warm water


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 2-3 green chilli cut into thin slices
  • ½ cup chopped cashew nuts
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice


  • 6-8 tbsp pomegranate seeds/arils
  • ½ cup grated fresh coconut
  • ½ -¾ cups thin sev
  • 1 cup green chutney
  • ½ cup garlic chutney



  • Mix besan flour and semolina together in a big bowl.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients for dhokra, except for the eno and mix well.
  • Cover and keep the mixture on the side for 15-20 minutes
  • In the meantime get your steaming device ready. If you have a dhokla steamer then use that. I don't have one here so we need to improvise.
  • Take a wide saucepan with a lid or a wide wok. Put about 2 -3 cups of water in it.
  • Keep it on a medium low flame to heat.
  • Take one steel or aluminium plate which is about 7-8" in diameter.
  • Grease it with oil well.
  • Put a ring or stand in the water on which the plate will rest. Put the plate on it.The water should not get into the plate.
  • When the water begins to boil, take the mixture and add the eno (fruit salt).
  • Mix it very well till the mixture becomes fluffy.
  • Pour the mixture into the plate.
  • Cover the pan and steam the dhokla for 10 minutes over medium high flame.
  • After 10 minutes take the pan off the heat, remove the lid and the plate with the dhokla.
  • Let the dhoklas cool down completely.


  • Crumble the dhokras with your hands till it resembles like bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • When it is hot, add mustard seeds, sesame seeds, chopped cashew nuts and stir for a few seconds.
  • Then add curry leaves (take the leaves off the stem), asafoetida, chopped green chillis and coriander.
  • Stir fry the mixture for a few seconds.
  • Add the crumbled dhokra. Lower the heat.
  • Mix very well. Add lemon juice and mix.


  • Spoon the tempered dhokla crumbs into serving bowls.
  • Sprinkle with sev.
  • Top it with pomegranate and grated coconut and serve.
  • Add chutneys according to your taste if you want to. Or serve on the side.


  • Add extra lemon juice according to your taste.
  • You can add more roasted cashew nuts on top if you like.
  • Don't worry if you don't get pomegranate(which I don't get sometimes). Serve it with finely chopped grapes or cranberries.
  • If you find that the crumbled mixture is too dry, add about 1-2 tbsp water when you have tempered the mixture.
Keyword amiri khaman, gujarati sev khaman

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  • Seena Koshy

    September 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Mayuri. drooling over the variety of dishes of your images.. It's worth the effort..

  • Jeena suraj

    September 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Amiri khaman looks just delicious and tempting…

  • Pushpita Singh

    September 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Touching write-up MayuriDi. I can understand the emotional ups and downs you are experiencing at the very thought of the upcoming wedding. Love and hugs.�� The Amiri Khaman looks

  • Sujata Roy

    September 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Amiri khaman something new. Looks so tempting. Superb share. Loved the heart touching write up. Being a mom of a daughter I can understand your situation.

  • Paras Maalde

    September 19, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    You have nothing to worry about. While she might be “leaving” you, in reality Nami will remain ferociously loyal to you. Because daughters are generally more reliable than us sons ;)!

  • Paras Maalde

    September 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    You have nothing to worry about. While she might be “leaving” you, in reality Nami will remain ferociously loyal to you. Because daughters are generally more reliable than us sons ;)!

  • alkajena

    September 20, 2016 at 2:49 am

    I am moved by your writeup….as a mother I can relate to your pain and anxiety but this is life and we all have to pass through it, yes it';s very true that blogging has allows to share our pain very openly and we should always be thankful for this .. Your recipe are always something to look upto as I am not yet mastered the Gujrati cuisine, so will try this one also.

  • Nisa@ Flavour Diary

    September 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Dee you write so beautifully that my eyes got wet by reading it…you are soo true. I would love to try your recipes in future..thank you for sharing dee

  • Kriti Singhal

    September 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Very new to me and it looks really delicious… Mayuri Di, we daughters are born like that and we are very strong.. more than men. And the best part is no matter wherever we go – Our parents are always our first priority and we love them most! 🙂 Stay happy!

  • Gloria Fernandes

    September 20, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Reading your post made me remember my bidaai..Can understand how you feel…this sev khaman looks so Yummy

  • beena stephen

    September 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    So delicious and tempting

  • Rupal Patel

    September 21, 2016 at 2:52 am


  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Thank you so much Seena.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Thanks Jeena.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Thanks Pushpita.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

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  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Thank you so much Sujata.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Paras thank you so much. A reassuring message… you're right, daughters are generally very loyal towards their family.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Thank you Alka for the kind words.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Thank you Nisa.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Its true Kriti, at 50+ I'm still very attached to my side of the family and will do anything for them.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Thank you Gloria.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Thanks Beena.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 23, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Thanks Rupal.

  • bigan

    September 25, 2016 at 8:05 am

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  • Preethi Prasad

    September 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Amiri Khaman looks uper tempting. Something new for me. Thanks for sharing wonderful traditional recipes.

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    November 19, 2017 at 9:21 am

    One of my favourite recipe, looks so delicious and fluffy 😋

  • Archana

    June 1, 2021 at 10:41 am

    5 stars
    Aww Mayuri hugs to you! I think I know what you mean. My kids are not married but I think I can understand your pain. But your daughter can text and talk to you regularly. Its not like what it used to be.

    I make Amiri khaman regularly but I did not know the name. Okay mine is a lot more basic but I will definitely make Amiri khaman your way. Thanks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Yes it is not like before so we chat regularly. Sometimes, my amiri khaman too is basic, just the khaman and chutney and a bit of sev.

  • hem lata srivastava

    June 1, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Lovely emotional story. Never tried
    Amiri khaman Dhokla, looks absolutely delicious. Simply awesome.
    Always love to read your blog post mayuri

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata and please do try amiri khaman, it is so delicious. Even just simply adding chutney and sev will do.

  • Kalyani

    June 2, 2021 at 6:47 am

    5 stars
    awwww. what a bittersweet feeling that is.. I have so many years to go , but I completely relate to this. Coming to the Amiri Khaman, I love this more than the Khaman Dhokla and make a few extra JUST to make this.. Tell me I am not alone in this, lol !! 😂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Kalyani, I always make extra as I love the dhokla on its own and then next day amiri khaman.

  • Swati

    June 2, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    5 stars
    I love Amiri khaman, I used to have it at our Gujrati neighbors place in Mumbai.. the pics are tempting me to have it right thru the screen.. I like idea of adding semolina to make dhokla with besan for more crumb. Along with your recipes I always love your write ups.. and this one is so heart touching..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2021 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty. Daughters are so special.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    June 2, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    this is true always, for a girl her parent’s family is always the most priority whatever the happiness still she gets in her in-laws house 🙂
    and this amiri khaman sounds so easy and tempting as well, will make sometime sure,….

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita. Do try the recipe as it is so easy to make.

  • Jolly Makkar

    June 2, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    5 stars
    What a beautiful write up and heart touching story. Its quite similar to me, i truly understand . This amiri khaman sounds so delicious and lovely idea to khaman in different way. Those who love khaman like me who can enjoy it for longer time. Such simple preparation but bursting with flavour.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2021 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much Jolly, as you correctly said it, simple preparation but bursting with flavors.

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