Instant Pot Dal Dhokli | Authentic Gujarati Dal Dhokli | No Onion No Garlic Recipe

How to Make Dal Dhokli in the Pressure Cooker

Hello Foodies,

          Dal dhokli is a sweet, spicy, tangy, and protein-rich instant pot meal. It is one more addition to your everyday one-pot menu. 

It tastes best when served warm or piping hot. Top with chopped coriander leaves, a sprinkle of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and lastly drizzle some ghee on top. So delightful!

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Dal Dhokli is a traditional dish from Gujrati cuisine. This Gujrati dish is an Indian instant pasta with lentil soup. It is a protein-rich meal with Indian spices. As it is a Gujrati dish, it has a sweet and sour taste.

"Varan phal or Chakolya" is my favorite Maharashtrian one-pot meal. Preparations and ingredients in making Chakolya and Dal Dhokli are a little different. It has dal, whole wheat strips (sort of Indian pasta). It's a dish that you can have any time of the day. 

The dish has so many names and is cooked in various parts of the country with their local variations:

  • Dal Dhokli is a Rajasthan/ Gujarati name.
  • Dal Pithi-Bihar
  • Varan Phal- Maharashtrian
  • It is also known as Indian Pasta
Try this authentic Dal Dhokli recipe this weekend without fail. 
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes; Rolling and Cooking Time: 20 Minutes.
Each Serving of Dal Dhokli Contains 315 Calories.


To Make Dal:

  • ½ Cup Toor dal/Split Pigeon Peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp Oil(you can use ghee too)
  • ½ Tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ Tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Stick Cinnamon
  • 3 Cloves
  • 4-5 Dried Red chilies
  • ¼ Tsp Asafetida/Hing
  • 10-12 Curry leaves
  • 3-4 Green Chilies
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 1 Tbsp Red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Jaggery
  • 2 Tbsp Peanuts
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ Cup Coriander leaves/cilantro, chopped for garnish

To Make Dhokli:

  • 1½ Cups Whole Wheat flour 
  • 2 Tbsp Besan(Chickpea flour)
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri Red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp Carom Seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 cup water or as needed


To Cook Dal in the Instant Pot:

  • Turn on the sauté mode of the Instant Pot and heat 2 Tbsp of oil. 
  • Splutter cumin and mustard seeds, and add cinnamon stick, cloves, green chilies, dried red chilies, curry leaves, and mix well.
  • Now add washed toor dal(Split Pigeon Peas), peanuts, tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric, coriander-cumin powder, asafoetida, jaggery, and salt. 
  • Mix everything well.
  • Add 2 cups of water, give it a quick stir, and close the lid of the Instant Pot.
  • Place the valve in the sealing position. 
  • Pressure Cook on manual mode(Hi) for 5 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release.

To Make the Dhokli:

  • In a mixing bowl add whole wheat flour, besan, salt, carom seeds, red chili powder, turmeric, coriander-cumin powder, asafoetida, salt to taste, and 1 Tsp oil. 
  • Mix everything well.
  • Use water as needed to make a firm yet pliable dough.
  • Add oil and knead the dough well.
  • Cover and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Using flour, roll the dough balls into 10-12 inch thin circles.
  • Using a knife, cut each rolled circle into 1-inch squares or dhoklis. 
  • Put the cut dough pieces on a plate. 

To Make Dal Dhokli:

  • Open the lid of the Instant Pot after the pressure has released naturally. 
  • Turn Instant pot to sauté mode.
  • Using the back of a spatula or a  masher, mash the dal. 
  • Add 2 cups of water, mix well, and bring the dal to a gentle boil.
  • Add the dough squares to the dal and mix gently.
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and place the pressure valve in the sealing position.
  • Pressure Cook on Manual Mode(Hi) for 2 minutes followed by Quick Release.
  • Mix the Daal Dhokli, add ghee 1-2 Tbsp(Optional).
  • Lastly, garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 
  • Healthy and soothing Dal Dhokli is ready to serve.  Enjoy!!!


  • If needed add water and adjust the consistency of dal as required(The dal thickens once cooled).
  • You can cut the dhokli in diamond or square shapes.
  • Adding jaggery will enhance the flavor of dal, so don't skip adding it.
  • To make dal dhokli healthier you can add veggies like spinach, carrots, peas, beans, etc.
  • The dal for Dal Dhokli should be watery. The dough will absorb the water and thicken the dal.

Dietary Comment:

  • The calorie count is based on 2000 calories.
  • Per serving contains 315 calories, along with 37.1 g carbohydrates, 8.1 g dietary fiber, 15 g fats, and 12.3 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.
  • (Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used).

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Good Time To Eat:

           It is good to eat Dal Dhokli for lunch, brunch, or for dinner.

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