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Dal Dhokli

Authentic “Surti” Gujarati Style Dal Dhokli


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!


Dal Dhokli

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4-5

Dal Dhokli

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.

For Dal

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.

Prepare Tadka

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.






Bottle Gourd or Lauki Juice

Bottle Gourd or Lauki Juice | Lauki Ka Juice | Dudhi nu Juice | Amazing Benefits from Lauki Juice for the Health


Bottle Gourd, Lauki, Long Squash, Calabash or Dudhi these are all of the amazing names of this super health vegetable. This Asian inspired vegetable “Bottle Gourd” is exactly the way it sounds a squash grown in a bottle shape, light green and long. The exterior with a thin waxy light green skin with an interior that’s solid, but spongy texture. This vegetable is so versatile, it can be used for cooking curry, making delicious desserts or consuming as a drink for super health benefits. Lauki or Dudhi is made up of 90% water therefore it’s very easy to digest and very beneficial for the health.


A few year back we had planted a few Lauki plants in our garden, not knowing that it was going to become a huge vine garden producing lots of large green leafs and producing lots of beautiful large bottle gourd or lauki. In the beginning we were overwhelmed and totally excited to see that all the hard work put into maintaining the lauki plant was paying off. As the summer season was passing by more and more lauki was being produced, some output was great but some a disappointment. Lots of Dudhi, but hard to keep up with all of them. 🙂


With extensive research and hearing from my family members all about the great benefits of lauki juice, I had to try. In the beginning I consumed raw lauki juice which I had extracted in my juicer and drank it as is. I’ll be honest the taste was not the greatest. 🙁  Oh my something was lacking and I sure wasn’t attracted to this juice. My husband kept insisting that I should drink this juice daily for health reasons and overlook the bitter taste and think of the great nutritional values….which is exactly what I did and now I completely enjoying drinking “Lauki Juice”.


Some ask why? Lauki Juice ….well with lots of research done it’s proven that lauki contains  90-96% of water. It’s easy to extract the juice and it’s readily available  in many supermarkets or local grocery stores. The best part is that it completely affordable !!  Lauki juice comes with many health benefits and the juice of a lauki is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B, sodium, iron and potassium. It has low-fat and cholesterol level. As a result, this anti-oxidant drink is quite popular among health conscious individuals.

Top 8 Health Benefits Of Lauki Juice: Right from “Stylecraze”| Health & Wellness

1. Promotes Weight Loss:

Bottle gourd juice is popular among those who want to lose weight. All you need to do is peel the skin of a fresh lauki, cut it into little pieces, put it in a juicer and prepare the juice. Have this juice regularly to reduce your weight. As this juice is loaded with vitamins, potassium and iron, it is extremely nutritious. Moreover, this juice is believed to curb your appetite if you can manage to drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.

2. Helps Digestion And Treats Constipation:

Bottle gourd contains not only soluble fiber, but also insoluble fiber along with high water content. Lauki juice is beneficial for improving the digestive system. Drinking lauki juice is known to treat constipation effectively. It also helps in treating problems related to digestive system like acidity and flatulence.

3. Provides Cooling Effect:

Since lauki juice is rich in water content, it provides a cooling to the body, which help to replenish the water lost in the form of sweat. It is an absolute must-have during summers!

4. Treats Urinary Problems:

Since it is diuretic in nature, lauki juice flushes out the excess water content from the body. Lauki juice becomes even more effective when a spoon of lime juice is added to it before consumption.

5. Treats Sleeping Disorders:

If you are suffering from insomnia, try mixing sesame oil with lauki juice. It is known to help you sleep better.

6. Replenishes Loss Of Water Content:

If you are suffering from health issues like profuse sweating, fatigue or diarrhea, than drinking a glass of lauki juice would prove to be extremely good for you. Lauki juice naturally helps to replace the water content lost and at the same time, controls extreme thirst, which is common among diabetic patients. It revitalizes you by replenishing the loss of water.

7. Keeps The Heart Healthy:

Drinking bottle gourd juice helps you to keep the heart healthy by regulating the blood pressure.

8. Reduces Inflammation Of Liver:

Ayurveda recommends drinking lauki juice for reducing inflammation of the liver.

Lauki Juice Recipe:

How to make bottle gourd juice? Drinking the juice of bottle gourd or lauki has amazing benefits. But if do not like the flavor and taste of raw bottle gourd, here is a lauki juice recipe that you may like to try:

  • Take a small lauki, about 250 or 300 grams in weight.
  • Wash the lauki thoroughly to do away with any surface impurity.
  • Peel the lauki and cut it into small pieces. If possible, taste a small piece to find out if the bottle gourd tastes bitter.
  • Add five or six mint leaves.
  • Add a bit of water and put it in the blender.
  • Once it is done, add a spoon of cumin powder, two spoons of black pepper powder and salt to taste. Stir well and add a few ice cubes.
  • If you don’t enjoy the fiber taste, then strain the juice through a thick sieve first then add in the flavors.

Just follow this recipe and you too will become a fan of lauki juice!

The above is all from a research based on “stylecraze” article.

I’m bring this juice to you based on my own personal experience, I consumed it just because of the over production of lauki in my garden and since then have been hooked. I regularly consume this lauki juice during the summer months, since this drink is consisted a cool effect to the body. We get more cool weather then hot summer days in Canada, so the consumption of lauki juice is only for a few months.

Lauki juice can also be extracted using a juice extractor, no need to peel, just wash, cut into long thick slices and press through the extractor and drink the juice as is. This is to be considered the best way to drink, but if you find it hard to drink raw, unflavored lauki juice then follow the above lauki juice method for more enjoyable drinking experience.




This is just based on some personal experience and facts based on internet research and text book reading. Please follow based on your experience and health factors.