Jun 11, 2014

Dal Dhokli


  • 1/2 cup Toovar Dal 
  • 1/2 cup  Wheat Flour + for dusting
  • 1 tsp ajwain optional
  • 1/2 tsp  Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli, broken into two pieces
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 3 Kokum petals 
  • 2 tsp Jagarry powder
  • 3 teaspoons Oil
  •  Water for dal and making dough
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Coriander Leaves, for garnishing


  • Rinse toovar dal in running water and add it in the  pressure cooker. Add 1½ cups water and salt in it.  
  • Close the lid and pressure-cook it over medium flame for 3-whistles. Remove cooker from flame and let it stand until it is cool down.
  • While dal is cooking, prepare dough for dhokli. 
  • Take 1/2 cup wheat flour, carom/ajwain seeds, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1-teaspoon oil and salt in a big bowl.
  •  Add water as required in small quantities and knead a little stiff but smooth dough (like paratha dough). Cover with a cloth and let it settle for 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid of pressure cooker, Transfer dal to a deep bowl or just keep it inside the cooker and blend it into smooth puree using hand blender. Add 2-cups water and blend again for 5-10 seconds.
  • Heat 2-teaspoons oil in a large kadai or pan over medium flame. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida, dry red chilli and curry leaves and allow cumin seeds to sizzle.
  •  Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and  coriander powder, grated coconut and mix well.
  • Add pureed dal, 1-cup water, kokum petals, jaggery and salt. Bring it to boil over medium flame and then reduce flame/heat to low and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, divide dough into 4-equal portions and give them a round shape. Take one dough ball, give it a shape like pattie and put it over rolling board.
  •  Dust little flour, roll it out into a thin circle of 7-8 inch diameter and transfer to a plate. Repeat the step for remaining dough balls.
  • Take one rolled circle over rolling board and cut it into multiple small diamond shapes using knife or cutter.
  • Slowly add all diamond shaped pieces (12-14 pieces at a time) into boiling dal and increase flame to medium and cook for a minute or two.
  •  Add next batch of diamond shaped pieces after 1-2 minutes. Stir occasionally in between.
  • Repeat the process with remaining rolled circles, cut them into pieces and add into dal. After adding all pieces, cook them over medium flame until dhokli does not taste raw, about 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally in between.
  • Turn off flame and transfer it to a serving bowl or deep serving plate. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

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