Comfort food of Gujaratis, Marathis, and Rajasthanis, Dal Dhokli, or Varan Phal is originally a one-pot meal made with wheat dumplings and lentils. Packed with essential nutrients like carbs, fiber, and protein, Dal Dhokli is a staple in every Gujarati kitchen. While the dish is extremely filling and delicious, making it can be a little tricky. If not followed properly, the recipe can give you a lumpy or sticky bowl of food that is not very pleasant to eat. The dish is naturally vegan and is a perfect lunch option if you are a fitness enthusiast. With a comparatively long procedure, the dish can be made with regular ingredients found in every Indian kitchen pantry. 

While Dal Dhokli is equally enjoyed in all three states, the place of its origin is still a mystery. While many believe that the Marwaris who migrated to Gujarat invented this dish, others have a different story to tell behind its origin. Legend has it that when prince Prithviraj Chauhan eloped with his love interest Samyogita, he had a hard time sustaining in his province. He was shut in by the Mughal emperors and most parts of his kingdom were under siege, blocking food articles to be brought in. While the political condition of the kingdom was in turbulence, the queen was expecting a hearty wholesome meal. This concerned the royal cook who then stirred everything available in the kitchen and the famous Dal Dhokli came into existence. As there was no vegetable available in the royal kitchen, the typical Dal Dhokli was made just with leftover rotis, lentils, some humble common Indian spices, and herbs. 

Dal Dhokli underwent a makeover with time and people started adding vegetables to make it a wholesome meal. In the present time, the most popular version of Dal Dhokli is made by adding methi to it which makes it a winter delight. Dal Dhokli is perfect to eat with rice as a side dish or even with methi theplas. You can make your version of Dal Dhokli by adding vegetables and greens of your choice to suit your taste preference.