Lola’s Kitchen: Dal Dhokli Recipe

Posted August 21, 2015 by Lola in Lola's Kitchen / 20 Comments

Lola’s Kitchen is a feature on Lola’s Reviews where I talk about all things related to food, cooking and baking. These posts can be recipe posts or more discussion type posts about food. I love cooking and spend some time in the kitchen almost every day, so I wanted to give it a place on my blog as well. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Design.

One fatefull day I was surfing on pinterest looking for new recipes to try out, when a recipe caught my attention. That recipe was Dal Dhokli and it sounded like perfection, I love curry and love dough and this basically is a curry with small pieces of dough in it. I decided I had to give this a try and quickly fell in love with it. A few tries later and I had adapted the recipe to my tastes and now I finally am sharing it here on my blog as well. I hope you all love this curry as much as I do!
This recipe is based on Spice up the Curry her Dal Dhokli Recipe
Dal Dhokli close up


Dal Dhokli IngredientsFor the Dal:

  • Red Bell Pepper – 2
  • Tomatoes – 3
  • Lentils or pigeon peas – 265 gram / 1 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Coconut Milk – 1 can/ 400 ml/ 1 1/2 cup
  • Water – 250 ml/ 1 cup
  • Bouillon Cube – 1
  • Bay Leaf – 2
  • Cumin – 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar – 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric – 1 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Clove – 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon Juice or citric acid – 1/2 – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh Cilantro/ coriander – 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
  • Garam Masala – 1/2 teaspoon

For the Dhokli:

  • Whole Weat Flour – 100 gram/ 3/4 cup
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cayenne pepper – a pinch
  • Black Pepper – a pinch
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1/3 cup


  1. Start with making the dough for the dhokli. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If the dough is too sticky add more flour, if the dough is too dry add more water. Continue until it has a nice consistency, that doesn’t stick to your hands, but isn’t too dry to kneed.
  2. Set aside to rest and get started on the dal.
  3. Slice and dice the onion, red bell peppers and tomatoes in tiny pieces.
  4. Heat some oil in a wok and bake the onion and the fenugreek seeds until the onion is translucent.
  5. Then add the red bell pepper and tomatoes and bake for a few minutes.
  6. Add the cup of water and the bay leaf and let it cook.
  7. Combine the spices and the bouillon cube in a small bowl and mix well.
  8. Now add the coconut milk and spices to the dal and let it cook while you continue with the dhokli.
  9. Pick up the dough. Cover a cutting board with flour and put the dough on there. Put some flour on your rolling pin and roll the dough flat. Make sure it’s really flat. Then with a knife slice it in tiny squares.
  10. Go back to the curry and the lentils to the dal and mix well.
  11. Start adding the dhokli, add a bunch of the dhokli, but not all of them at the same time. Add as many dhokli as you can, but make sure they don’t touch each other. After a minute or so add the next batch. Continue until all the dhokli are in the dal and then cook for another 10 minutes.
  12. Enjoy your dal dhokli!


All the dough ingredients in a bowl

Making the dough

After mixing and kneading the dough


Tomatoes and red bell peppers sliced and diced

Tomatoes and red bell pepper

Baking the onion and fenugreek

Baking onion and fenugreek

Add the tomatoes and red bell pepper to the pan/ wok

Add tomatoes and red bell pepper

Add water and bay leaves

Add water and bay leaf

Combine the spices

Dal Dhokli spices

After addign the spices and coconut milk

Dal Dhokli cooking with spices

There’s our dough!

Dough on cutting board

Rolled out, flat dough

Flat dough

That’s how flat it should be

Flat dough

Slicing the dough

Slicing the dhokli

More slicing

slicing the dhokli 2

Dhokli in a bowl


Add the dhokli’s to the dal

Add the dhokli's

Dal Dhokli!

Dal Dhokli

Variation Tips

This dish is already perfect, no need to change anything.

What’s your favorite dinner involving dough or bread?

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20 responses to “Lola’s Kitchen: Dal Dhokli Recipe

    • While I love cooking and baking, I don’t make dough often as for some reason I don’t like making it. But this dough is really easy to make and it’s impossible to mess up, although I do usually end up with more dough than I planned to make, but that’s okay.

      Oh I love cinnamon rolls, I actually can make those, although I don’t make them often. Might have to make them sometimes for a recipe post. A bread machine sure sounds handy when making dough.

    • I wa safraid I would mess up the dough when I first made it, but it’s really simple and easy to make. I do often add too much water and then have to add some extra flour as well, but eventually I get the right texture for the dough. This is one of my favourite curries, so yummy!
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  1. Another mouth watering recipe, and it looks simple enough in spite of all the ingredients, I already have most of them. Thanks for sharing !
    PS : I had lunch at an Indian restaurant on wednesday and thought about you, it was yummy ! And I think you typed coconut “oil” instead of “milk” in the list of ingredients 😉

    • Thanks! The first time I made this I was pretty sure it would go wrong with that dautning ignredient list and throwing dough in a suace, but it’s pretty simple once you start making it. And that’s good to hear you already have most ingredients, I hope you give it a try 🙂

      Oh yum, your lunch sounds yummy! I take that as a compliment that I cook/share enough indian food that you think of me when eating indian food 😉

      And thanks for catching that! It’s milk indeed, not oil. I fixed it now.
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    • As long as it tastes good it’s a succes in my opinion ;). And even having eaten in indian restaurants a few times, I still think it tastes different when I make it myself. Usually for the beter as in restuarants they might throw ingredients in it I don’t like and I can adjust my recipes to my own taste.

    • I agree! Pinterest always manages to surprise me with what kind of dishes are out there. And this one certainly was a pleasant surprise. It’s a delicious curry!

    • Let me know if you give it a try! This is the first and only curry I ate with dough so far, but it’s one of my favourites curry. The dough pieces really add something to this curry.

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