Dal dhokli recipe | How to make dal dhokli, Gujarati dal dhokli
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Dal dhokli recipe

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3 servings
Calories 185kcal
Author Kanan


To pressure cook dal:

  • ½ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
  • 1 tablespoon Peanuts
  • 1 cup Water

For the dough:

  • ½ cup Whole wheat flour (Chapati atta)
  • 1 tablespoon Besan (gram flour) optional
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • a pinch Hing (Asafoetida)
  • teaspoon Ajwain (Carom seeds)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • cup Water

For dal dhokli recipe:

  • 3 ½ cups Water
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup Tomato chopped
  • 1 Green chili slit
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery (Gur)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped

For Tempering (Tadka):

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 6-7 Fenugreek seeds (Methi dana)
  • 1 Cloves
  • ¼ inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Dried red chilies broken into two pieces
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • a small pinch Hing (Asafoetida)


pressure cooking the dal:

  • Wash toor dal under running cold water till water runs clear.
  • If you have time then soak in enough water for 15-20 minutes. Or you can skip the soaking step. It will be fine.
  • Take dal into pressure cooker. Add 1 cup of water.
  • Now take a small piece of muslin cloth, put peanuts in it and tie it. Make a ‘potli’. Put into pressure cooker. Alternately, go for easy method. Add peanuts into a steel katori or glass and put into the cooker.
  • Cover with the lid, put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium. Let it cook for 6-7 whistles. Then turn off the stove.
  • Let the pressure go down by itself.

making the dough:

  • While dal is pressure cooking, make the dough for dhokli.
  • Take all dry ingredients listed under 'the dough' in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Add oil and rub it with your finger till everything is incorporated well.
  • Now start kneading the dough by adding little water at a time. Make smooth and little stiff dough.
  • Keep it aside covered for 15 minutes.
  • After the dough resting time, divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Make smooth ball out of it and flatten it between your palm.

Making dal dhokli recipe:

  • Now the dal should be cooked, open the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • Remove the peanuts potli, open it and keep boiled peanuts aside.
  • Now add 2 cups of water to the dal and blend it using immersion hand blender.
  • Now add red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Mix and add ginger paste, green chilies and tomatoes.
  • Add jaggery and mix it.
  • Turn the heat on medium. Bring the dal to boil.

Making the tadka:

  • Heat the oil in a small tadka pan on medium heat.
  • Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them pop.
  • Then add cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds. Let them sizzle a bit.
  • Now add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and dried chili. Saute for 30 seconds.
  • Lastly add curry leaves and hing.
  • Immediately add the tempering to the simmering dal and stir.
  • Add lemon juice and boiled peanuts. Mix it. And let simmer on low-medium heat.

making dhokli:

  • Work with one flatten disc at a time. Roll it into about 12 inch diameter circle.
  • Transfer it to a plate, cover it with clean kitchen towel. Roll the same with second dough ball.
  • Now take one rolled circle on the board, using knife cut into diamond shapes.
  • Now add two-three dhokli at a time into boiling dal and stir it. So they do not stick to each other. If you add all dhokli at once they will stick and make a big clump.
  • So make sure to add few at a time and after adding stir it once. Then add few more and stir. Continue till all the dhokli are added.
  • Let it simmer for 10-12 minutes and don’t forget to stir in between.
  • If needed add some more water. Taste one dhokli piece and if it is cooked mean you don’t feel raw then switch off the stove.
  • Lastly add chopped coriander leaves and mix.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.3g | Protein: 5.2g | Fat: 6.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 4.5g
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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