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Dal Dhokli (Gujarati One Dish Meal)

Dal Dhokli is a traditional Gujarati dish. This recipe consists of spicy whole wheat uncooked roti pieces simmered into dal and cooked to perfection. Dal dhokli has a mild sweet and spicy flavor.  Dal dhokli also makes a delightful one dish meal.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

This recipe will serve 2

Dal Dhokli Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

For dal

  • 1/2 cup Toor dal (Pigeon peas)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup tomato chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery, gur
  • 3 cups of water

For Seasoning (Tadka)

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 2 whole red chilies

For garnishing

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped

For Dhokli 

  1. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (Chapati atta)
  2. 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  3. 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric (haldi)
  4. 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chili
  5. 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  6. 1/8 teaspoon Carom seed (Ajwain)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  8. 1 tablespoon Oil
  9. 1/4 cup water


For the dhoklis

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, whole wheat flour, besan, turmeric, green chili, asafetida, carom seeds, salt, and oil and mix it well. Add the water as needed to make firm dough, this should take about ¼ cup of water.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and roll out each portion into about 7 inch in diameter. If needed use little whole wheat flour for dusting the rolling surface that will help in rolling.
  3. Cut each roti into about 1-1/2 inch squares and set aside.

For the dal

  1. Clean, wash and drain the dal. In pressure cooker add dal, salt, turmeric, and 3 cups of water. Cook over medium high heat.
  2. When the pressure cooker starts to steam, lower the heat to medium and cook seven minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Combine the cooked dal and 1 cup of hot water, whip the dal so it becomes creamy texture, you can use the hand blender to mix dal. Dal will be consistency of thick batter. Add about 3-4 cups of boiling water. Dal should be very liquidey, consistency of runny batter.
  5. Add peanuts, chili powder, tomatoes, ginger, and jiggery to dal, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Prepare the seasoning, heat the oil in a small pan, when oil is moderately hot add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds, asafetida, and red chilies and allow them to crack.
  7. Add this tempering to the dal, mix well, add dhokli and cook on a low medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add cilantro and cook for another 2 minutes on low medium heat.

Dal will get thicker as it cools.

Serving suggestions

Serve with plain rice, drizzle some ghee and lemon juice on top right before serving dal dhokli.  Dal dhokli should be served hot.

You will also enjoy other one dish meal like, masala khichdi, Vegetable rice, and Quinoa vegetable pilaf

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28 thoughts on “Dal Dhokli (Gujarati One Dish Meal)

  1. This is amazing!! I used green lentils instead of the toor dal but it still tastes amazing. I tried it first without the lemon juice and then after adding it- it is amazing! The lemon juice really changes the flavor in such an amazing way.

    10/10 I will definitely make this again!!!! Thank you!!

  2. Dear Mrs Jain,
    I have tried this. It was awesome. Our whole family enjoyed it a lot. Thank you very much! My MIL even adds some boiled pasta in it. That also tasted very well (instead of dhokli). Thank you for such a fantastic and easy recipe.

  3. Hi manjula ji,aksar m apki recipe try krti hun aur yummy bnati hun.dal dokli k bare me kafi suna h khayi nahin h kbhi,ab apke dwara bnayi gyi recipe dekhne k bad m b try krungi khud bnane Ki aur apko pic bhejungi.aap ka smjhane ka tarika bahut hi acha h .thank u

  4. I liked this particular dish of yours and I think it is going to taste amazingly well. Do let me know if using organic ingredients are going to make any difference?

  5. Hello, Hope you doing well. This recipe is amazing, after trying some dal-dhokli recipes when I tried this one today. It came out very well, now onwards I don’t have to worry about dhokli to get burn or stick at the bottom of pan. Taste was so balanced between sweet and spicy, my husband loved it!. Ready to try more recipes of yours.

      1. Dear Madam,
        Radharani ka question bilkul thik hai. aapne recipe mein yeh nahin bataya hai ki roti kab mix karni hai. Dal ko blend karne se pahle mix karenge to roti bhi mix ho jayegi. blender se chalane ke baad roti mix karke kitna boil karna hai ye aapne nahin likha

  6. your cooking is very good. we have punjabi restaurent in our city, so i have been eating there, but when you publish the book, would like to purchase if the price is reasonable. but i read your recipe all the time. thanks

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