#BlogchatterA2Z,  Health

#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. 

Dal dhokli


  • 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 


Dal dhokli
Dal dhokil
  • 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 

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