Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli

Published February 8, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 4
Total Time: 45 min

Prep Time: 25 min | Cook Time: 20 min


Dal Dhokli or Dal Dhokri is a popular Gujarati dal that has a sweet and sour flavor. The addition of dhoklis makes it a complete meal but many people serve it with rice, along with lime wedges and sliced onions on the side. The dish does have quite a few elements to it but it is worth the effort. Adjust the amount of water to what you are comfortable with. Some people prefer a watery broth type dal while others like a soupy texture to it.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl
Calories per serving: 191
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.0g 20%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Sodium 624mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 17.6g 6%
Protein 3.4g 5%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1/2 cup toovar dal
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 2 1" cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • 4-5 tbsp roasted, crushed peanuts
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 3 green chillies, sliced
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp asafetida
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp caraway (ajwain) seeds
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Step by Step:

  1. In a pressure cooker, boil the dal with turmeric powder, salt, and 2-3 cups of water for about five minutes.
  2. To make the dhoklis, combine the flour, ajwain seeds, chilly powder, and turmeric powder with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to make soft dough. Spread a teaspoon of oil on your kitchen counter and roll out the dough into a thin roti and cut into squares using a pizza cutter or a knife.
  3. In a large kadhai, heat 2-3 tbsp of ghee or oil. Add asafetida, mustard seeds, green chillies and cinnamon sticks. Once the mustard seeds stop spluttering, add curry leaves and minced garlic. Once the garlic browns a little, add in a cup of water and the boiled dal. Once the dal starts simmering, add tamarind pulp, salt, sugar, and crushed peanuts.
  4. Cover and let it boil for five minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add the dhoklis. Let the dal boil for another ten minutes. At this stage, the dal might start to thicken so feel free to add more water and bring to boil. Add garam masala and turn off the heat.
  5. Serve hot with rice or transfer to a soup bowl and eat as is.