Dal Dhokli | Gujarati Dal Dhokli

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If you’re one of them who likes to eat dal everyday (apart from the days when you get to eat chicken curry or fish curry) in lunch, just like me, then just give me a high-five! 😀 To me a comfort meal/lunch sounds like- steamed rice, one side dish, and a warm bowl of dal.

Just a tadka of ghee with cumins seeds is all I need in my dal. However, today I wanted something different than my regular dal. 

Dal Dhokli is an amazing way to turn your boring dal into delicious side dish. A very famous and comfort meal of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The best part about this dish is, it’s a hassle free recipe. We all know what dal is? Cooked lentils. And, Dhokli refers to the spiced wheat dumplings.


This is one of the best dal recipes that you just can’t miss eating. The ingredients are very basic and the process is also very easy and simple. A one pot delicious dish that is made by cooking dal and them simmering spiced wheat dumplings in the dal. Adding a tadka for the final step enhances the flavor of the dal. 

Traditionally, Leftover dal were use to prepare Dal Dhokli. Dhoklis were prepared and simmered in the leftover dal. This is the best way to avoid the wastage and what could be a better makeover to the simple dal other than this? 😀

Serve this Dal Dhokli with rice or roti and enjoy the complete comfort meal. Or, you can also serve it as an Indian soup. Sounds great, haan…? 


The consistency of the dal in this Dal Dhokli should be a little on the flowing side, however, I prefer my dal to  a on a thick side. Enjoy yours as you prefer.

Do try this recipe and tag me on facebook @jyokitchen or on Instagram @foodfrenzyjyokitchen. I would love to hear back from you.

Serves 4


For Dal

  • ½ Cup toor dal/ Pigeon Peas
  • 1 Large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp jaggery/sugar
  • Salt as required
  • A handful of chopped coriander leaves, for garnishing

For Dhokli

  • ¾ Cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp besan
  • 1 Tsp carom seeds
  • ½ Tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ Tsp red chili powder
  • A fat pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • Salt as required

For Tempering

  • 2 Tbsp oil or Ghee
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 Dry red chilies
  • 1 Small cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ Tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp boiled peanuts
  • ½ Tsp garam masala
  • ¼ Tsp red chili powder

Learn Step By STep Recipe With Pictures For Dal Dhokli | Gujarati Dal Dhokli


Step 1- Thoroughly wash the dal and add all the dal ingredients along with 2 ½cups of water to an IP. Turn on the IP and press the pressure cook mode. Pressure cook the dal for 8mins with the valve on the seal side

Let the pressure release naturally and then open the lid

If using a pressure cooker-

Thoroughly wash the dal and in a pressure cooker add it along with 2 ½ cups of water, tomato, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, jaggery, and required salt

Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until the dal is mushy

Step 2- Using a potato masher, mash the dal very well. The consistency of the dal should be flowing. Add warm water, if required

Step 3- In a mixing bowl, take the dhokli ingredients and knead to a dough. Using a rolling pin, roll to a thick roti and cut into diamond shapes or as desired

Step 4- Turn the IP to saute (normal) mode, drop the dhoklis into the dal and let it simmer for 12-15mins or until you get the desired consistency

For Pressure Cooker-

Turn the flame to low and drop the dhoklis into the dal. Let the dal simmer for 12-15mins or until you get the desired consistency


Step 5- For tempering, heat oil/ghee in a tadka pan and add bay leaf, dry red chilies, and cinnamon stick. Splutter mustard seeds and cumins seeds.

Add the boiled peanuts and crackle them for 20-30secs.

Step 6- Turn off the flame, add red chili powder and garam masala. Temper the dal and gently give it a mix.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm with rice.


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