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Dal Dhokali Recipe

by Sonia on May 6, 2009

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Don’t judge this recipe by first glance. If you love and want the blending taste of spicy, sweet and sour in one-pot meal then this recipe is for you. :) This is ‘by-default’ lunch dish in Sunday morning at my home except any special occassion or have a guest. All of the family members love love it. Though, I am not sure how many people have had tried this dish or even heard the name. This daal-dhokali is very simple and beautiful recipe from Gujarat. It is simple because you don’t need any special spices or ingredients. You can make it just from your basic ingredients which always available in your pantry. It tastes best when you have made or it will become mushy and gooey. So, serve the hot only. Don’t be alarmed with below detailed recipe. I have just tried to explain with step by step pics. And believe me…the end result is always awesome! :) Here you go…

Dal Dhokali Recipe

Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)

For dough:

2 .5 Cup Whole Wheat flour/Atta
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 .5 tsp Red chili powder
1 tsp Bishop’s seeds/Ajwain
4-5 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water for binding a dough

For Dal:

3/4 cup Tuver dal
1 tbsp Peanuts
4-5 tbsp Jaggery/Brown sugar (adjust according to your sweet tooth)
1 tbsp Fenugreek seeds
1 tsp Turmeric powder
2-3 tsp Red chili powder (adjust according to taste)
1 tbsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder
Salt to taste

To Temper/Tadka:

1 tbsp Oil
A pinch of Asafoetida/Hing
Curry leaves – a few
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (Optional)

For garnish:

2 tbsp Lemon juice
Handful of chopped Coriander leaves

How to:

1) First wash your tuver dal using hot or very lukewarm water. Pressure cook up to 2-3 whistles adding fenugreek seeds and 2 cup water. It should be completely cooked till soft. Mash it well with adding 4-5 cup hot water. Keep it aside.


2) Meanwhile take a deep bowl or something for binding a dough. Make a well in wheat flour, rub slightly the Ajwain/Bishop’s seeds between your palms and add into wheat flour…it will release a nice aroma of Ajwain. Add remaining ingredients of dough and mix it well and bind a soft and pliable dough just like puri/paratha dough adding a water little by little. It should be neither loose nor stiff dough. Cover it and keep it aside at least for 15-20 minutes.

3) Now in a deep steal pot or any vessel add mashed tuver dal. Add into salt, jaggery, all spices except Garam masala and mix it well and let it boil on medium flame.

rolling n cutting dhokali


4) Meanwhile keep ready your dhokali. Take a big lemon size ball of dough and roll it thin even more thinner than normal Roti. The thinner dhokali will cook fast. Cut out with knife and make a diamond or square shape and drop it into daal. I usually make 4-5 dhokalis together sprinkling some flour in between dhokalis so they don’t stick to one another. Cut it fast in diamond or square shape and drop one by one into daal immediately on high heat. Don’t forget to stir in between else the dhokali will stick to one another.


P.S : If you have any leftover Dhokali dough, make some paratha and have it with dhokali.

Tips: Wash the tuver daal using hot water and soak it at least 20-30 mins. It will cook faster and save your gas energy.

  • Love the Dhokali idea! Yumm!

    • Thanks Nags :)

  • Very interesting Sonu, never seen anything like this before.
    And girl! you have a blog… amazing! Should I welcome you too then :)

    • Welcome Divya. Thanks. :)

  • I have never made this or had the opportunity to taste this, but always heard rave reviews from my MIL.. (she is partly from gujarat.. well her mom is).. Thanks for this recipe.

    • Yes Soma. Easy to make and very tasteful! Try it sometime.

  • Dal Dhokli looks delicious, Sonu.

    • Welcome Meera! Thanks. :)

  • hi Sonu, nice recipes and delish pics:)

    • Welcome Sharmi. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  • bee

    i adore this and have lost count how many times i’ve made it. my mom used to make it often too.

  • Archana

    You are very right, this gem of a dish hasn’t received the well deserved recognition. I love it, but never really knew about it till almost two years ago.

  • Bee & Archana, thanks for dropping by. Yeah, now I have found some Dal-dhokali lovers here. :)

  • awesome babe…thanks for getting me here :))

    • You are welcome! :)

  • Oh I am so so excited about this! I used to order this for overtime meals at work all the time and have been looking for a good recipe for it for a while. Bookmarked to try soon!

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