Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)


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Dal Dhokli, a perfect combination of spiced whole wheat flour dhoklis simmered in gujarati dal, this can be classified as a sumptuous one-dish meal, but you could also serve it with rice to make it all the more tasty and wholesome.

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दाल ढ़ोकली - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe) in Hindi) 

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Dal dhokli is a sunday morning delight in most traditional Gujarati households! A perfect combination of spiced whole wheat flour dhoklis simmered in Gujarati dal, this can be classified as a sumptuous one-dish meal , but you could also serve it with rice to make it all the more tasty and wholesome.

Just remember to simmer the dhokli in dal just before serving, or else it will turn soggy.

You can try other satiating Gujarati one-dish meals like Sev Usal , Dahiwali Roti , Toovar Dal and Mixed Vegetable Masala Khichdi and Green Moong Dal Handvo .

Enjoy how to make Dal Dhokli recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

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Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe) recipe - How to make Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

For The Dhoklis
1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1 1/2 tbsp besan (bengal gram flour)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain) , optional
1 tbsp oil
whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta) for rolling

For The Dal
1 cup toovar (arhar) dal
salt to taste
5 kokum , soaked for 15 minutes and drained
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
5 tbsp chopped jaggery (gur)
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1 tsp chilli powder
3 tbsp broken cashews
10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
2 round red chillies (boriya mirch)
1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)

Other Ingredients
4 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tbsp ghee

For Serving With Dal Dhokli
ghee
Method
For the dhoklis

    For the dhoklis
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into a semi-stiff dough using enough water.
  2. Cover the dough with a lid and keep aside for atleast 15 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 5 equal portions and roll out each portion into a 200 mm. (8”) diameter thin circle using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
  4. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook each chapati lightly from both the sides.
  5. Cool and cut each chapati into diamond or square shapes and keep aside.

For the dal

    For the dal
  1. Clean, wash and drain the dal.
  2. Combine the dal and 2 cups of hot water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Combine the cooked dal and 1 cup of hot water in a deep non-stick pan and blend it well using a hand blender till smooth.
  5. Add more 2½ cups of hot water and mix very well.
  6. Place the deep non-stick pan on the flame , add the salt, kokum, lemon juice, jaggery, ginger-green chilli paste, chilli powder, cashewnuts, curry leaves and turmeric powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes, while stirirng occasionally.
  7. Meanwhile, for the tempering, heat the ghee and oil in a small non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  8. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, red chillies, cinnamon, cloves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  9. Add this tempering to the dal, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirirng occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed to make dal dhokli

    How to proceed to make dal dhokli
  1. Just before serving, boil the dal, once it starts boiling, add the dhoklis, coriander and ghee, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve the dal dhokli immediately with ghee.

Handy tips:

    Handy tips:
  1. Add the dhoklis one by one into the dal, otherwise they could coagulate to form one big lump.
  2. Add more water if the dal thickens while simmering.

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For the dhoklis of the Dal Dhokli

  1. To make the Dal dhokli, you first need to make the Dhokli. For that, take a deep bowl and add the whole wheat flour to it.
  2. Then add the besan to it. This is optional. Addition of besan depends on household to household.
  3. Also add a little chilli powder for a spicy taste.
  4. Add the turmeric powder.
  5. Then add the carom seeds (ajwain). Almost everyone uses this spice for its extremely unique taste. You can even add coriander-cumin seeds powder at this stage.
  6. Now add the oil. Adding oil while kneading the dough not only makes it soft but also makes it smooth.
  7. Now add the salt to taste. Even though the dal has salt, the dhokli needs it as well or else it will taste bland. Mix all the ingredients with your hand to evenly spread the masalas.
  8. Slowly add water, little by little. We have used about 1/2 cup water but the amount can vary as it depends on the quality of the flour used. Mix all the ingredients well.
  9. Knead into a semi-stiff dough, i.e. a little harder than a basic roti dough.
  10. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a lid and keep aside for at least 15 minutes.
  11. Divide the dough into 5 equal portions.
  12. Take a rolling board and sprinkle a little flour on it.
  13. Take one portion of the dough and press it flat onto the rolling board.
  14. Roll out the portion into a 200 mm. (8”) diameter thin circle using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
  15. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and place the roti on it.
  16. Cook each roti lightly from both the sides without using any oil or ghee. By this method you can keep the rotis ready before hand. If you want to avoid this step of half cooking the rotis, then make the dal first and directly add the roti pieces to the dal for boiling.
  17. Place the roti on a clean, dry surface. Cut the roti into diamond or square shapes.
  18. Repeat the same with the remaining portions of the dough and keep aside.

For the dal

  1. To make the Dal dhokli, wash the toovar dal thoroughly.
  2. Drain the dal using a strainer.
  3. Take a pressure cooker and add the dal to it.
  4. Add 2 cups of hot water as well.
  5. Shut the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape naturally before opening the lid.
  6. Add 1 cup of hot water to it.
  7. Take a large, deep non-stick pan and add the dal to it.
  8. Blend it well using a hand blender till the dal is completely blended and smooth.
  9. Add more 2½ cups of hot water and mix very well. You might think that the dal is too watery but that’s how it should be. Once you add the dhokli, it will absorb some of the water and the dal will get thicker.
  10. Place the deep non-stick pan on the flame and start adding all the ingredients, one by one. First add the salt.
  11. Then add the soaked kokum. If you want, you can even add tomatoes to the Dal dhokli at this stage.
  12. Now add the jaggery for slight sweetness. No Gujarati dal is complete without jaggery!
  13. Then add the lemon juice to balance the sweetness.
  14. Add the ginger-green chilli paste. You can buy it readymade or make ginger-green chilli paste at home. 
  15. Also add chilli powder for a little spice.
  16. Add a little turmeric powder for the color.
  17. Then add cashewnuts.
  18. We are also adding some peanuts. These are raw peanuts.
  19. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes, while stirirng occasionally. This will enable the peanuts and cashews to soften and the spices to cook properly. 
  20. Meanwhile, for the tempering, heat the ghee and oil in a small non-stick pan.
  21. Once it heats up, add the cumin seeds.
  22. Then add the mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  23. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and the red chillies.
  24. Also add the cinnamon and cloves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  25. Add the curry leaves and let them crackle.
  26. Pour this tempering over the dal. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirirng occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed for the Dal dhokli

  1. Just before serving the Dal Dhokli, add the lemon juice to the boil and bring it to a boil. It will take about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Once it starts boiling, add the cut dhoklis, one by one so that the dhoklis do not clump together. Mix well and cook on a slow-medium flame for 7-8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. If the dal thickens more while cooking the dhoklis, you can add more water.
  3. Add the coriander, mix well and cook Dal Dhokli on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve the Dal dhokli immediately with ghee.
Accompaniments

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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy366 cal
Protein10.5 g
Carbohydrates49.2 g
Fiber5.9 g
Fat14.5 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium16.5 mg

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Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 17 Feb 19 12:20 PM


Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 25 Sep 18 08:25 PM


Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 24 Feb 18 04:31 PM


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13 Jul 18 11:12 AM
Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 28 Jan 18 05:15 AM


13000 kms away from home when I miss my mom''s Dal Dhokli i make one myself using this recipe and its always spot on... ?? you are a life saver ??
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks for the wonderful note.
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08 Mar 18 12:21 PM
Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 16 Jul 17 09:42 PM


It was a very nice meal. The only addition I made was adding paprhi (as in chaat)
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
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17 Jul 17 08:29 AM
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 on 11 Jul 17 10:31 AM


I tried ur dal dhokli recipe and it came out tasty Everyone liked it A big thank u 🙏
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11 Jul 17 10:38 AM
Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 22 Jan 17 01:32 PM


You are the best cook .I kew how to cook but I became a better cook because of you.Thanks alot.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Mitisha , we are delighted you loved the Dal Dhokli recipe and thank you for your kind words that inspire the Tarla Dalal team. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
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23 Jan 17 10:04 AM
Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 14 Oct 16 06:55 PM


hi tarlaji, i dont have besan so what can be used in its place for making dhokli
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Nandini, If you do not have only, omit it.
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15 Oct 16 08:43 AM
Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
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 on 03 Oct 16 03:29 PM


I love this recipe
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04 Oct 16 08:56 AM
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Reena , we are delighted you loved the Dal Dhokli recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
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