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Dal Dhokli
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Dal Dhokli with Methi and Mixed Flours - An Easy Instant Pot Recipe

Dal-Dhokli is an easy, delicious and wholesome recipethat makes a satisfying one pot meal. Dal dhokli is an ultimate comfort and well-balancedbowl of food for a cold or rainy afternoon. A traditional delicacy, where bitesized dough dhokli or dumplings are pressure cooked along with spicy and tangylentils. Dal dhokli makes a perfect nutritious, comforting, healthy anddelicious meal for a busy day. The best part is, you can enjoy itanytime of the day - from breakfast to dinner.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Entree, Instant Pot Recipe, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Hindu, Vegetarian
Keyword: Dal-Dhokli
Servings: 5
Calories: 471kcal


Ingredients for Dhokli:


    Oil and Spices:

    Dairy and Produce:

    • 1/4 cup Yogurt dahi (use vegan yogurt for vegan version)
    • 1/2 cup Fresh Methi Leaves 50 grams, chopped
    • 1/4 cup Water adjust as required

    Ingredients for Dal:


      • 1 cup Split Black Gram Skinless Urad Dal Dhuli
      • 1/4 cup Bengal Gram Chana Dal


      • 150 g Onion Pyaz: 1 cup/ ½ medium size
      • 250 g Tomato Tamatar: 1 cup/ 2 large tomato
      • 1 tbsp Ginger Root Adrak: 1 inch knob, grated
      • 1 tbsp Green Chili Hari Mirch: 2 in number, finely chopped
      • 1 tbsp Lime Juice Nimbu ka Ras: adjust as per taste
      • 1/4 cup Cilantro Hara Dhaniya: chopped

      Oil and Spices:


      Instructions to make Dhokli:

      • In a mixing bowl add all the flours and spices and mix together.
        Spices being mixed with flours
      • Now add yogurt, oil, chopped methi leaves and start kneading into a dough. (If making vegan, either use vegan yogurt or skip yogurt and add ¼ tsp of baking soda.)
        Mixing yogurt and oil with spiced flour
      • Add water as required in small increment to knead a stiff dough.
        Adding water in small increments to knead dough
      • Let the dough rest for 15 minutes and then divide into small equal portions.
        letting dough rest and dividing into small portions
      • Take each portion first roll into a log and the divide into marble sized small balls.
        making small dhoklies from dough rolls
      • Press each ball with heel of your palm to make a disc.
        making small dhoklies from dough rolls
      • Repeat the process until done. Keep the prepared dhokli aside until ready to use.
        dhoklies stored in a bowl

      Instructions to make Dal:

      • Wash the lentils for 3-4 extracts of water and put it aside until ready to use.
        washing lentils with water
      • Start the instant pot on SAUTE normal heat mode and add ghee/oil in it. Add asafoetida cumin seeds and cloves to hot ghee/oil and let the seeds splutter.
        starting suate and adding Ghee & cumin seeds
      • Then add green chili, ginger and sauté for 30 seconds.
        Adding cloves, chillies and ginger
      • Next, add diced onion and sauté until translucent.
        Adding diced onions and sauteing them
      • After that add tomatoes and sauté until soft and mushy.
        adding diced tomatoes and continuing to saute
      • Add all the spices except garam masala and lemon juice. Mix them.
        Adding all the spices and mix while sauteing
      • Now add washed and rinsed lentils to sauteed onion tomato mixture.
        Adding washed and rinsed lentils to the mixture
      • Add water 4-5 times the volume of lentils using the same measuring cup and give it a good stir. Switch the sauté mode heat to more and bring water to boil.
        Adding water to the sauted mix
      • Once water starts boiling, add prepared dhokli one by one so that they don’t clump to each other.
        Dhokili's being added to boiling water
      • Give it a good stir and cancel the sauté mode.
        Stiring the dal-dhokli in IP
      • Close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position.
        Making sure vent is in the correct position before pressure cooking
      • Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK mode for two minutes with NPR (natural pressure release). When float valves pop down, open the lid, and check the consistency. If it is too thick add some water to adjust the consistency and bring it again to boil using sauté normal heat mode.
        Dal dhokli after pressure cooking
      • Add garam masala, lemon juice and chopped cilantro.
        adding garam masala, lemon juice and greens
      • Rajasthani Dal-Dhokli is ready to be served.
        Dal Dhokli ready to be served



      For extra rich flavor, top it with some more ghee, green chutney and chopped onions.


      Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 7mg