Dal Dhokli is a very traditional Gujarati dish eaten in many Gujarati households, it’s considered to be comforting food a one-dish meal. Dal Dhokli is made with the same traditional Gujarati Dar flavors, but is infused with a perfect combination of spiced whole wheat atta diamond-shaped dhoklis. These spiced dhoklis are added into the dal and simmered til nice and soft and the dal is semi-thickened topped with a nice flavorful mustard seed, red dry chili and thinly sliced garlic tadka.
Dal Dhokli is a very common dish, too me this dish is nothing new, but Yes! I’ve seen dal dhokli recipes posted on many different blogs and watched many different shows presenting this recipe and I’ve notice one difference in all of them…… everyone seems to have their own version of making it. That’s why I’m going to share my version ….which I had learned to make from my mother the really authentic “SURTI” style.
Again, no recipe is right or wrong we just have our own ways and methods of preparing. This recipe is full proof, it may seem like there’s a lot of ingredients or preparation and cooking time seems long. Trust me, once you try this one out you’ll definitely fall in love with it also and master it in no time.
When I think of dal dhokli, it reminds me of eating pasta tossed and simmer in a nice flavorful semi-thick lentil soup. Except this dish has a combination of sweet, spicy and sour taste. Dal dhokli can be eaten just the way it is topped with freshly cut onions or enjoy it with a side order of rice, plain rotli or chapati (Indian Flat Bread).
Hope you enjoy making this dish as much as I do. Check out the full recipe and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Scrumptious and delicious comfort food Gujarati Dal Dhokli
½ cup - Tovar dal - pigeon pea lentils
2 cup water
½ tsp. - turmeric powder
10 – 12 curry leaves
2 garlic cloves – thinly sliced
10 – 15 – raw peanuts
2 tbsp. - oil
½ tsp. - mustard seeds
½ tsp. - cumin seeds
2 dry chilies
1 tsp. - red chili powder
1 tsp. – green chili paste
1 tsp. – fresh grated ginger
Pinch of asafetida (hing)
Few fenugreek seeds
Jaggery (gor) according to taste
Lemon juice according to taste
¼ cup fine chopped coriander
Salt according to taste
2 cup of water or according as need
2 cup- whole wheat flour (atta)
1 tbsp. - oil
1 tsp. - red chili powder
1 tsp. - coriander powder
¼ tsp. - turmeric powder
½ tsp. - carom seeds ( ajwain )
Salt according to taste (approx. 2 tsp.)
Warm water as required for kneading the dough
For Dhokli Dough
In a mixing bowl take whole wheat flour (atta), add in salt, all dry spices, carom seeds, oil and give it a good mix.
Add in warm water in small quantity at a time.
Mix and knead into smooth soft dough.
Cover and keep the dough aside for 15 minutes.
Wash the Tovar dal properly add in 2 cup of water. Pressure cook the dal for 4 – 5 whistles or till it gets cooked.
When dal gets cooked, turn of the flame and allow it to cool down completely. Then empty cooked dal into a larger vessel add in 2 cups of water and using a hand held blender; blend dal till nice and smooth completely combined with water.
On medium high heat keep dal to boil. Add in fenugreek seeds, peanuts, curry leaves, green chili paste, fresh grated ginger, jaggery (gor), turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt to taste. Stir and let it come to a boil.
Divide dough into 4 – 5 equal portions.
Roll out portion into large size 1- 2 mm thick roti.
Cut them into diamond shape or square shape using knife or pizza cutter.
Add each piece into boiling dal. I between keep stir well to avoid sticking to bottom of pot.
Cook till dhokli is nice and soft and completely cooked. Stir in between. If more water is needed add in ½ cup at a time.
Heat the oil in a small pan.
Once oil is hot, but not smoking; Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
Then add cumin seeds and sliced garlic. Let garlic cook for few seconds till golden brown. Add in dry red chili, hing and curry leaves and turn of heat. Remove from flame; add in red chili powder, mix and immediately pour prepared tadka over ready dal dhokli top with freshly chopped coriander leaves and give it a good stir.
Serve dal dhokli hot with your favorite side dish of rice, rotli or bhakri.