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Step-by-step Dal Dhokli Recipe

by Rachna
dal dhokli recipe

Dal dhokli has been a childhood favorite of mine, sort of like soul food for me. Incidentally, in my home it was called dal baati. But it is nothing like the elaborate Rajasthani stuff. It is a simple dal and roti recipe with a twist. This is not the Gujarati dal dhokli recipe either but how it was made in my home on many afternoons. When you have it piping hot, it is bliss! I do crave for it sometimes and now the kids have taken onto it as well.

Here is how to make dal dhokli:

dal dhokli recipe

Ingredients:

Tuar/Arhar dal or pigeon peas 1 cup (or use a combination of lentils)

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

1 tsp chilli powder

Salt

For the dumplings:

Whole wheat atta dough just like for chapatis kneaded with salt and ajwain seeds (carrom seeds). You may also use pearl millet dough to make this recipe gluten free and more nutritious.

For the tempering (tadka):

2 tbsp. ghee

2 tbsp. peanuts

1 tsp. jeera (cumin seeds)

1 pinch heeng (asafoetida)

2-3 broken dry red chillies

1 small onion finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic

For garnish:

Chopped coriander leaves

Lime juice

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Step-by-step Recipe:

  1. Wash the dal well. Keep it soaked for half an hour.

2. Add water to cover it and add turmeric powder, salt and chilli powder.

3. Boil it in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles till cooked.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings. To make these, roll out large, slightly thick rotis with your rolling pin. Cut them in diamond shapes. Mine are looking more rectangular than diamond shaped here. 🙂

5. Now drop them one by one into the boiling dal mixture. I normally put around 2 such rotis per person. Keep making them, cutting them and putting them in the boiling dal. Take care not to mish mash them together.

6. Add more water if needed. Now cook them along with the dal for about 5-10 minutes till they are cooked. You may add some peanuts to the boiling dal dhokli or fry the peanuts along with tempering. Add more water if the dal seems too thick. Check taste for salt.

7. Before serving, prepare the tempering. Take ghee in a pan. Let it heat. Now add cumin seeds and allow them to sputter. Add in the heeng and broken dry chillies. Cook for 30 seconds. Add the peanuts. Now add in the chopped onion and garlic. Fry till they are slightly caramelized/browned. I love that taste. Now tip in this tempering into the dal dhokli.

Mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve after sprinkling lime juice. You must serve this hot else it becomes thick and sticky later. A simple dish, it is a complete meal and very satisfying too. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. This is not Gujarati but more a UP dish similar to dal ka dulha.
  2. You can make your roti dough more spicy with addition of other spice powders if you like and even other flours as well.
  3. The beauty of this dish is in its simplicity.
  4. Have it hot or it gets very thick.

If you try it, let me know how it turned out.

Dal Dhokli Recipe step-by-step Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This is a tasty one-pot meal recipe made with lentils, rotis and spices. It is super tasty, delicious and easy to make for those lazy weeknights. Very comforting too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course One pot meal
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | UP style
Servings 4 people
Calories 190 kcal
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Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • Tuar/Arhar dal or pigeon peas 1 cup or use a combination of lentils
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt

For the dumplings:

  • Whole wheat atta dough just like for chapatis kneaded with salt and ajwain seeds. You may also use pearl millet dough to make this recipe gluten free and more nutritious.

For the tempering (tadka):

  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. jeera cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch heeng asafoetida
  • 2-3 broken dry red chillies
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic

For garnish:

  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Lime juice

Instructions
 

  • Wash the dal well. Keep it soaked for half an hour.
  • Add water to cover it and add turmeric powder, salt and chilli powder.
  • Boil it in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles till cooked.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings. To make these, roll out large, slightly thick rotis with your rolling pin. Cut them in diamond shapes. Mine are looking more rectangular than diamond shaped here. 🙂
  • Now drop them one by one into the boiling dal mixture. I normally put around 2 such rotis per person. Keep making them, cutting them and putting them in the boiling dal. Take care not to mish mash them together.
  • Add more water if needed. Now cook them along with the dal for about 5-10 minutes till they are cooked. You may add some peanuts to the boiling dal dhokli or fry the peanuts along with tempering. Add more water if the dal seems too thick. Check taste for salt.
  • Before serving, prepare the tempering. Take ghee in a pan. Let it heat. Now add cumin seeds and allow them to sputter. Add in the heeng and broken dry chillies. Cook for 30 seconds. Add the peanuts. Now add in the chopped onion and garlic. Fry till they are slightly caramelized/browned. I love that taste. Now tip in this tempering into the dal dhokli.
  • Mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve after sprinkling lime juice. You must serve this hot else it becomes thick and sticky later. A simple dish, it is a complete meal and very satisfying too. Enjoy!

Notes

This is not Gujarati but more a UP dish similar to dal ka dulha.
2. You can make your roti dough more spicy with addition of other spice powders if you like and even other flours as well.
3. The beauty of this dish is in its simplicity.
4. Have it hot or it gets very thick.
If you try it, let me know how it turned out.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Dal Dhokli Recipe step-by-step Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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nabanita July 8, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Interesting..I’ve never tasted it…I’ll share it with mom and let her make it when she is here 🙂

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 9:00 pm

I am sure you will like it. 🙂

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nabanita July 8, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Interesting..I’ve never tasted it…I’ll share it with mom and let her make it when she is here 🙂

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 9:00 pm

I am sure you will like it. 🙂

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Shilpa Garg July 8, 2015 - 3:25 pm

I have never had this dish, but this is something that I must try and make, as now-a-days, my hot favorites are one-pot meals. 🙂

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 9:01 pm

Yes, one-pot meals are so wonderful especially when you don’t want to slog over the stove. 🙂

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Shilpa Garg July 8, 2015 - 3:25 pm

I have never had this dish, but this is something that I must try and make, as now-a-days, my hot favorites are one-pot meals. 🙂

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 9:01 pm

Yes, one-pot meals are so wonderful especially when you don’t want to slog over the stove. 🙂

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purbaray July 8, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Yum…think I’ll try this recipe.
What do I have it with? Rice or roti?

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Nothing. It already has boiled roti in it. It is your dal roti one-pot meal. 🙂

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purbaray July 8, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Yum…think I’ll try this recipe.
What do I have it with? Rice or roti?

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Nothing. It already has boiled roti in it. It is your dal roti one-pot meal. 🙂

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Kaddu July 8, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Okkkk. So this is daal dhokli. I have heard about it so many times, but never knew what it was or how it was made. Never tasted it either. Will try it on one of my weekly offs.

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Oh yes! Though my version is different from the Gujarati one. They put boiled peanuts in the dal and sweeten it too. This is my mum’s recipe. Hope you like it.

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Kaddu July 8, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Okkkk. So this is daal dhokli. I have heard about it so many times, but never knew what it was or how it was made. Never tasted it either. Will try it on one of my weekly offs.

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Rachna July 8, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Oh yes! Though my version is different from the Gujarati one. They put boiled peanuts in the dal and sweeten it too. This is my mum’s recipe. Hope you like it.

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Somali K Chakrabarti July 8, 2015 - 11:12 pm

Hadn’t heard of dal dhokli before though I have had Dal Bati and Gujarati dal with peanuts as well.

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 10:11 am

Oh, there is a dal dhokli in the Gujarati cuisine which is a slightly modified version of this. It has boiled peanuts and some jaggery too.

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Somali K Chakrabarti July 9, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Yes I have had this one. Btw do you originally come from Rajasthan Rachna?

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:44 pm

No, from UP. 🙂

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Somali K Chakrabarti July 9, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Okay. Which place in UP? I have a Lucknow connection, being born there. 🙂

Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:55 pm

I was born in Agra. My mum’s family is from Unnao, near Kanpur. I studied in Lucknow before we moved to Bombay.

Somali K Chakrabarti July 9, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Cool, Lucknow and Mumbai are the common places . 🙂

Somali K Chakrabarti July 8, 2015 - 11:12 pm

Hadn’t heard of dal dhokli before though I have had Dal Bati and Gujarati dal with peanuts as well.

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 10:11 am

Oh, there is a dal dhokli in the Gujarati cuisine which is a slightly modified version of this. It has boiled peanuts and some jaggery too.

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Somali K Chakrabarti July 9, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Yes I have had this one. Btw do you originally come from Rajasthan Rachna?

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:44 pm

No, from UP. 🙂

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Somali K Chakrabarti July 9, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Okay. Which place in UP? I have a Lucknow connection, being born there. 🙂

Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:55 pm

I was born in Agra. My mum’s family is from Unnao, near Kanpur. I studied in Lucknow before we moved to Bombay.

Somali K Chakrabarti July 9, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Cool, Lucknow and Mumbai are the common places . 🙂

kokilagupta July 8, 2015 - 11:50 pm

This is the first time I am hearing about it Rachna … I thought perhaps you will fry the dough rotis.. but to boil them is again new for me 🙂 will definitely try and tell dear .. Yesss .. I too love the tadka part 🙂

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 10:13 am

Oh yes, they taste pretty good but different. One could even make the dough more spicy by adding some garam masala, coriander and cumin powder and even besan flour, just like we do for masala paratha. But I prefer it simple this way. I hope you enjoy this recipe. 🙂

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kokilagupta July 8, 2015 - 11:50 pm

This is the first time I am hearing about it Rachna … I thought perhaps you will fry the dough rotis.. but to boil them is again new for me 🙂 will definitely try and tell dear .. Yesss .. I too love the tadka part 🙂

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 10:13 am

Oh yes, they taste pretty good but different. One could even make the dough more spicy by adding some garam masala, coriander and cumin powder and even besan flour, just like we do for masala paratha. But I prefer it simple this way. I hope you enjoy this recipe. 🙂

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Ravish Mani July 9, 2015 - 3:13 am

I fall in love with it because of its name & look only, and your ingredients also confirm about its great taste. Thanks for sharing, Rachna. 🙂

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 10:14 am

hahaha You like the name? It feels very close to dholki for me. 🙂 It is simple, home cooking, redolent with memories of my mum’s cooking and hence it is really tasty.

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Ravish Mani July 9, 2015 - 3:13 am

I fall in love with it because of its name & look only, and your ingredients also confirm about its great taste. Thanks for sharing, Rachna. 🙂

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 10:14 am

hahaha You like the name? It feels very close to dholki for me. 🙂 It is simple, home cooking, redolent with memories of my mum’s cooking and hence it is really tasty.

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Dagny July 9, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Ohh I love this. Do you think it is a good idea to add some veggies to this as well?

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:41 pm

I have never tried so far, but I guess it will make the recipe even more complete. 🙂 Do let me know how it tastes if you try with veggies. But first have it only like this.

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Dagny July 9, 2015 - 1:47 pm

I will. The thing is, my garden has gone nuts producing bottle gourds. Even my neighbors are fed up. The maids have begun giving me stony silences. Hence the question. 😀

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Dagny July 9, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Ohh I love this. Do you think it is a good idea to add some veggies to this as well?

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:41 pm

I have never tried so far, but I guess it will make the recipe even more complete. 🙂 Do let me know how it tastes if you try with veggies. But first have it only like this.

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Dagny July 9, 2015 - 1:47 pm

I will. The thing is, my garden has gone nuts producing bottle gourds. Even my neighbors are fed up. The maids have begun giving me stony silences. Hence the question. 😀

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:52 pm

hahaha Lauki goes so well with chana dal. I am sure you must be making that day and night. Do you make lauki ki muthia? It’s tasty and a very healthy snack. Lauki koftis and lauki ke barre are nice too.

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Rachna July 9, 2015 - 1:52 pm

hahaha Lauki goes so well with chana dal. I am sure you must be making that day and night. Do you make lauki ki muthia? It’s tasty and a very healthy snack. Lauki koftis and lauki ke barre are nice too.

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srikri July 14, 2015 - 9:26 am

Love to try this.Can you please tell for how many person the measuring are given?Thank you for the recipe.

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Rachna July 14, 2015 - 9:30 am

Thanks so much. I use 1 cup tuvar dal for 3 people. For each person use about 2 large rotis cut in diamond shapes.

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srikri July 14, 2015 - 11:51 am

Thank you so much for your quick reply.Will surely try this.Thanks a ton.

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srikri July 14, 2015 - 9:26 am

Love to try this.Can you please tell for how many person the measuring are given?Thank you for the recipe.

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Rachna July 14, 2015 - 9:30 am

Thanks so much. I use 1 cup tuvar dal for 3 people. For each person use about 2 large rotis cut in diamond shapes.

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srikri July 14, 2015 - 11:51 am

Thank you so much for your quick reply.Will surely try this.Thanks a ton.

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Srikri July 22, 2015 - 10:11 pm

Tried this recipe last week.It was yummy.Thanks.

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Rachna July 23, 2015 - 9:13 am

Thanks so much. Glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know.

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Srikri July 22, 2015 - 10:11 pm

Tried this recipe last week.It was yummy.Thanks.

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Rachna July 23, 2015 - 9:13 am

Thanks so much. Glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know.

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Obsessivemom August 28, 2018 - 11:39 am

This sounds absolutely delicious. Next time you make it share a picture of how big those diamonds should be. Bite sized pieces? Or larger? Meanwhile I’ll make my own version.

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Rachna August 28, 2018 - 12:16 pm

Thanks Tulika. Yes, I will. My pieces are kaju katli size. Will take step-by-step pics next time. It’s an absolute favourite of the kids and me. Let me know how you liked it.

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Obsessivemom August 28, 2018 - 12:21 pm

Thanks. Shall try it.

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