Want A Comfort Meal? Try This Dal Dhokli With Leftover Rotis

Dal dhokli is one heartly meal that can satisfy our taste buds and our soul. This dish is a concoction of flavoured wheat flour dumplings cooked in spicy and delicious dal. Yes, this is much more than a just a dal and you just cannot get over it. 

Let us tell you that Dal Dhokli is equally enjoyed in Gujarat, Rajasthan as well as Maharashtra. While it is known by the name Dal Dhokli in Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Chakolya or Varan Phal in Maharashtra. Now since we know what this dish is called, let us give you a little brief about its origin. Dal dhokli does not only taste good but also has an interesting history!! 

If some legends are to be believed then when Prithviraj Chauhan eloped with Samyukta, he went through a hard time. The prince was kept hostage by the Mughal emperors. Besides, most of his kingdom was seized and thus the transportation of food items was also blocked. It was then that the royal cook, while trying to cook a wholesome meal, mixed everything together. At that time, there were no vegetables in the royal kitchen. So, he made dal dhokli with leftover rotis, dal, some spices and herbs. And now is the time when this dish is just everything for people like me. Apart from delivering a lip-smacking taste, it also offers certain health benefits that you not know about. It is rich in protein and fiber. Great, isn’t it?

Making dal dhokli is usually considered tough as not everybody can cook it properly. It is believed that if not made properly, it could get a stickier that won’t be something we would like to eat. But, like every other time, we have brought for you a perfect and detailed recipe of dal dhokli. By following these steps, you can make dal dhokli in no time that too with leftover rotis in your kitchen. See how you can do that.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • ½ cup toor dal
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp cumin/jeera
  • 1 pinch of hing
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 ¼ tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp jaggery powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 6 leftover rotis


  • Take a kadhai and heat 1 tsp ghee
  • Add tomato, ginger garlic paste and sauté till the tomatoes turn soft.
  • Now, add cooked dal and water. Mix everything well.
  • Also add ¾ tsp chili powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp coriander powder and ¼ tsp garam masala.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Now add peanuts, jaggery powder, ¾ tsp salt and lemon juice. Mix everything together.
  • When dal comes to boil, drop in the sliced leftover rotis into the dal and give it a good mix.
  • Cover and let it boil for 10 to 12 minutes. 
  • When done, add chopped coriander and enjoy the dal dhokli.