How to make Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli is a popular Gujarati dish that is prepared with lentils (dal) and wheat flour dumplings (dhokli) simmered in a flavorful spiced broth. You can serve it with rice as well to make it more filling and tasty. Today we will help you learn how to make dal dhokli step by step.

How to make tasty dal dhokli

Here’s the recipe to make Dal Dhokli:


For Dal:

  • 1 cup split pigeon peas (toor dal)
  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 2-2½ teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped for garnish

For Dhokli:

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, as needed, for kneading dough


  1. Rinse the toor dal well and soak it in water for about 30 minutes. Drain the water and set aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker or a large pot, heat oil or ghee over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add the chopped onion and sauté until golden brown.
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and slit green chilies. Sauté for a minute.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they turn soft and mushy.
  5. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and garam masala. Mix well.
  6. Add the soaked and drained toor dal to the pot. Stir to combine.
  7. Add about 4-5 cups of water and salt to taste. Stir well and bring it to a boil.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the dhokli dough. In a mixing bowl, combine wheat flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, carom seeds, and salt. Gradually add water and knead it into a smooth dough.
  9. Take a small portion of the dough and roll it out into a thin circle, similar to a chapati.
  10. Cut the rolled dough into diamond or square-shaped pieces. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
  11. Once the dal comes to a boil, gently drop the prepared dhokli pieces one by one into the dal. Stir gently to avoid sticking (lemon juice, sugar can be added to avoid sticking)
  12. Cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes on medium heat until the dhokli pieces are cooked through.
  13. Once the dhokli is cooked, garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.
  14. Serve hot dal dhokli in bowls and enjoy it as a wholesome meal on its own.

How to make dal dhokli

Tips and Variations:

  • Change sugar and lemon juice as indicated by your taste.
  • Dal will get thicker as it cools subsequently serve it hot.
  • Try not to add an excessive number of pieces together else they might stick together.

Your tasty dal dhokli is ready to be served hot. ENJOY!!!!

How to make dal dhokli

Nutrition value:  

The nutrition value of Dal Dhokli can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and the sizes of portion. This is an approximate nutritional breakdown for a standard serving size (1 cup) of Dal Dhokli:

Calories: 300-400 calories
Carbohydrates: 50-60 grams
Protein: 10-15 grams
Fat: 5-10 grams
Fiber: 5-8 grams
Sodium: 500-800 milligrams
Potassium: 400-600 milligrams
Please make a note that these values are an estimates and may vary based on the specific recipe and cooking methods used. It’s always a good idea to calculate the nutrition information based on the exact ingredients and quantities used in your preparation.
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