#BlogchatterA2Z- “D”- “Dal Dhokli”- An Authentic Gujrati Single Pot meal for busy weekdays!
It is day 4 of #BlogchatterA2Z and as “D”, I am excited to share a healthy and tasty one pot dish that could be used as an excellent option for lunch and dinner.
The recipe is a traditional Gujrati recipe that is quick and healthy.
I had learnt this recipe after my marriage, from my mother in law.
And she used to make this as a dinner specially when we had less time to cook.
What is Dal dhokli?
Dal dhokli basically is a spicy, tangy, slightly sweet and tasty one pot meal that is prepared by adding wheat flour dumplings in a spilt pigeon pea ( toor dal) lentil gravy. The recipe has been made in pressure cooker and take 20-30 minutes to cook. It is quick, healthy and we can do variations with gravy as per our choice and taste preference.
- Split pigeon pea or Arhar dal 2 cup
- Onion ½ finely chopped
- Green chilly 2-3
- Tomato ½ finely chopped
- Asafoetida or hing( pinch), mustard seed and cumin (1 teaspoon) for tempering
- Dry spices (red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder)
- Curry leaves 3-4
- Peanuts 2 teaspoon
- Wheat flour 2 cup
- Salt as per taste
- Oil as needed
- Carom seeds 1 teaspoon
- Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon
- First prepare the dough. Sieve the wheat flour in a bowl, add salt, ajwain or carom seed, and oil for softening ( moin), and knead the flour by adding little water at a time.
- When dough gets ready, cover this with a lid and keep it aside.
- Now, start preparing the dal. First wash the dal 3-4 times and then add some water and soak this for 15-20 minutes.
- Next, finely chopped the onion, green chili and tomato and keep this aside,
- Now, turn on the gas and put the pressure cooker, add 2-3 teaspoon oil in it. And heat it.
- Then, add curry leaves and wait for 1-2 minutes. Now, add asafoetida, cumin seed and mustard seeds as a tempering.
- When it gets spluttered, add onion and green chili and stir it for few minutes. When they change the color, add tomato and stir again. Add dry spices (red chili powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder), add little water and mixed all these things properly.
- Next, add soaked arhar dal into this and add double water to the same. Cover the lid of pressure cooker. And allow this to the boil at low speed.
- Now, take the prepare dough, make small balls and roll this into large roti shape.
- Next, take a knife and cut the triangle shaped pieces from the rolled roti, and put these cut pieces in boiling dal, one by one. Add more water, as per requirement. If you want liquid consistency, add more water and if you like semi-solid consistency, then add less water.
- Add salt, garam masala and little sugar (optional) and close the pressure cooker lid properly. Now, take 3-4 whistle, on medium flame. It takes usually 15-20 minutes for dumpling and dal to get cooked properly.
- When the cooker gets cooled down, garnish this with coriander leaves.
- Add little ghee and lemon juice before serving.
Your tasty and healthy dal dhokli is ready to eat.
- There are so many methods to make this traditional Gujrati recipe and we can make minor changes to the recipe as per our taste and preference. For example, some people prefer to put spices in wheat flour and make a spicy dough for dumpling. While, some other people also add vegetables to gravy for making a healthier version.
- You can make a “Jain recipe” version too. Just avoid adding onion when fry lentil. Use only green chili and tomato, and your “Jain version” will be ready. And it tastes equally good and get prepare more quickly.
- In fact, choice of pulses is also an individual choice. Instead of Arhar or split pigeon pea dal, you can use split green gram (green moong dal) too.
- You can prepare the dough in advance and can make this tasty one pot meal during busy weekdays in 15-20 minutes.
Did you had tried this recipe before? What was your experience? Please share!
So, it is all for now.
Stay tuned for more exciting recipes. If you had missed previous posts of this series, click here!
read the first post ( if you had missed) Amaranth Paratha
Read the second post Barnyard millet khichdi
Image https://favpng.com/ edit- canva
I love daal dhokli. Much mein paani aa Gaya. Simple, easy to cook and super delicious. I am waiting for more tastier and healthier options.
That looks super yummy Surbhi! In Banaras India we call it “Dal Ka Dulha”, very easy but little less spiced, I will try ur way of dal dhokli soon! Thanks dear, loving your series !
This looks so delicious Surbhi! I have had Dal dhokli only Inthe restaurants and I love. Will definitely try out recipe. Thank you for sharing the variations too
Thanks dear Simrit, I am glad you liked it.
This is our favorite dal. The dal along with rice just tastes awesome and has to be made once a week.
I never had this dish but have heard a lot about it. And you recipe is easy to try , will definitely going to try this as I always love to try making new dishes
Very famous dish but surprisingly i have never tried it. Your detailed recipe will now help me to go for it. Thankssss.
I make it on some lazy days. In Maharashtra, we call it Varan Phala. To me, adding a spoon of ghee and see it getting mixed with daal is so satisfying..
What a coincidence!! The schedule being a little hectic these days, I was searching for some one-pot recipes. A few days back, I ran into a recipe of Dal Dhokli. Sounded interesting to me. As a punjabi, I have never tried this earlier. Will try it your way for sure. Thank you for sharing this 🙂
I have had dal-dhokli once or twice. In fact, just the other day, the husband was suggesting that we make it (he is a big time foodie and loves cooking and exploring new dishes). I am inspired after reading your recipe and will make it one of these days. Thanks for sharing the detailed recipe, Surbhi!
Wow this dish sounds easy and yummy- never heard of it before today. Thanks for sharing Surbhi!
The only thing my daughter made for me was Dal dhokli…i blogged it too when she made..its easy and yummy..urs looks awesome Surbhi
This dish definitely sounds yummy. And I must say you are churning out very interesting recipes everyday.
Looks delicious. Would love to try this one.
I have had the dish before at a gujrati friend’s house but never tried it.It for sure seems good for a busy weekday and with vegetables is healthy too. Thanks for sharing the detailed recipe 🙂
Dr. Surbhi this is one of my favorite dishes. My mom prepares this. We use Kari patta in this. And mom loves to add some chatni also. This is so lovely, and today I came to know it’s healthy too. Thanks for sharing the nutrition chart. It really helps.
Dal Dhokli aojnds like a do able recipe for me.Will try and let you know
Thanks Dr. Amrita, will wait to know your response.
It’s one pot meal I also make it often and we have different names to it, like varan mutkule or varan phal or chakolya. thanks for sharing and suggesting a recipe in gloomy lockdown days.
Just came across your blog through blog chatter… Participating in the challenge too… Delicious recipe… Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading the post Amina, glad to get connected with you through this challange.
Look.so yummy and healthy recipe. This recipe I watched while vikas chef cooking. I will love to try it
Thanks Gurjeet, I am glad you liked it.
Sindhu Vinod Narayan
This looks to be a yummilicious recipe will surely try. #tmmreads #blogchattera2z
Heard of this but never tried. It looks quite a simple recipe to cook on lazy days. Will surely try
Yes Dear Vartika, good option for lazy days. thanks a lot for your visit.
Thanks Sindhu, I am glad you liked it.
Have heard about Dal Dhokli but never tasted. your recipe seems easy to follow. Thanks.
Thanks for your visit dear.
You are right dear there a lot of variations of this super recipe. My MIL taught it to me too and it is called daltikki in Allahabad ?. I had completely forgotten this option thanks for this wonderful reminder
Dal dokli sounds like dokla my fav gujrathi recipe. Thanks.
Thanks dear, I am glad you liked it.
Thanks Dear Roma for your visit. I am glad you liked the recipe.