Saturday, 2 March 2013


'Dal Dhokli' is a traditional n typical Gujrati recipe. Its an one-dish meal which one can have in breakfast or lunch or in dinner also.This dish is one of the favorite dish of my family. Its not only delicious but also healthy. A perfect combination of spiced whole wheat flour dhoklis which simmered in split yellow lentils. This is a perfect meal in a bowl, that is very satisfying and filling.

Ingredients :-

For Dhokli :
1 Cup Wheat Flour (Atta)                                               
1/4 cup Gram Flour (Besan)                                      
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Ginger-Green Chilli Paste
1/2 tsp Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
2 tsp Oil
Salt as per taste
Water (for kneading dough)

For Dal :
1 cup Tuvar or Arhar Dal (Yellow split lentils)
2 Tomatoes (Finely Chopped)
2 tsp Tamarind Pulp
1 tsp Jaggery (Gud)
1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder
1 tsp Grated Ginger
1 tsp chopped Green chillies
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Fenugreek (Methi) seeds
Few Curry Patta
Few Chopped Coriander leaves 
Whole Dry Red Chillies
A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
Whole garam masala (Cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaf)
Oil or Desi ghee for tempering

Method :-
For dhoklis combine all the above ingredients together in a bowl and make a soft dough. Keep aside for 30 minutes. Clean, wash and boil the dal with 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker till completely cooked. Allow pressure to go down by itself before opening pressure cooker. Now divide the dough into equal portions, apply a little oil and roll out as thin as possible into round shapes. Cut each rotis in diamond or square shape with a knife and keep aside. Transfer the cooked dal into a deep pan and heat. Add water, remaining turmeric powder, salt, grated ginger, chopped tomatoes, tamarind pulp, jaggery, red chilli powder, chopped green chillies to the dal and stir. When the dal started to boil, add the dhoklis (dough pieces) into the dal and cooked it on low fire about 5-10 minutes until the dhoklis are soft, tender and cooked. For tempering, heat oil in a kadhai. Add whole garam masala, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies to it. When it splutters, add curry patta and hing. Mix well and saute on a medium flame for 1 minute and add it to the dal. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and switch off the flame. Add few drops of lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves and chopped onion (optional). Serve bubbling hot with lemon wedges and enjoy your "Dal Dhokli". 

Friday, 1 March 2013


An interesting starter or can serve in breakfast also, which is stuffed with paneer are much healthier than the deep fried version. You can use any stuffing of your choice i.e, chicken, mixed vegetables, egg or boiled potato and enjoy Cigars with green chutney or ketch-up. 

Ingredients :-
Fresh Bread Slices 4-6 nos.
Butter to grease                                                                          

For Stuffing :-
1/2 cup grated Paneer
1 Medium Onion, Very finely chopped
2 chopped Green Chilies
1/2 cup grated Carrot
1/2 tsp ginger - garlic paste
Few chopped Coriander leaves
1/4 cup fresh Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
1/2 tsp Chat Masala
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste

Method :-
Mix all the above ingredients with paneer in a bowl and make a soft filling.
Now take the bread slices, remove the crust or edges of the bread. Sprinkle a little drop of water over the bread slices and press well. Roll out each slice of bread with a rolling pin. Spread any chutney or sauce over the bread as your choice (Optional). I have use schezwan sauce n it taste awesome. Put the filling on one end and gently roll it upwards like cigar. On a tawa, brush some butter up the breads well on all sides and put it on tawa on a medium flame. Lightly roast until all sides are nice browned and serve hot with any chutney and Enjoy it !!!