Dal Dhokli, Varan Phal, Chakolya, Whole Wheat Noodles In Lentil Stew
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Dal Dhokli| Gujarati Recipes

Dal Dhokli is a comfort food, sumptuous one-dish meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian, Maharashatrian, Rajasthani
Keyword: Chakolya, Dal Dhokli, One Pot Meal, Varan Phal
Servings: 6 people
Author: ArchanaPotdar


For The Dhoklis:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 tbsp besan/chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp ajwain/carom seeds optional
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  • whole wheat flour for rolling

For The Dal:

  • 1 cup toor dal
  • Salt to Taste
  • 5 Kokum soaked and drained
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp chopped jaggery
  • 1 tsp garlic-ginger-green chilli diced fine
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp haldi/turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Rai/mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Hing/Asafoetida
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 1 stick dalchini/cinnamon
  • 2 laung/cloves

For Garnishing and Serving:

  • 4 tbsp dhania/ coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ghee


For The Dhoklis:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and knead with water into the dough. I prefer it to be stiff but soft enough to roll out.

For The Dal:

  • Wash and drain the dal. Pressure cook for 3 whistles and let the steam come down naturally before opening the lid.
  • Mix the cooked dal with water in a deep bowl and blend until smooth using a hand blender.
  • Add more 2½ cups of hot water, add the salt, kokum, lemon juice, jaggery, garlic- ginger-green chilli paste, and chilli powder, curry leaves and turmeric powder, mix well.
  • Cook on a medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, get the tempering ready; heat the ghee and oil in a small pan add mustard seeds and jeera. When they splutter, add the asafoetida, red chillies, cinnamon, cloves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  • Add this tempering to the dal, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

To put Together the Dal Dhokli:

  • Just before serving, boil the dal.
  • Meanwhile, make 5 balls of the dough and roll out into a thin circle using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
  • Cut each chapati into diamond or square shapes.
  • Add the pieces or dhoklis to the dal one by one. (Else, you will have a big fat lump of dough in the dal.
  • Add coriander and ghee mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  • Serve immediately with ghee.


Add more water if the dal thickens while simmering.