It is a spicy, sweet, one pot meal, prepared by simmering whole wheat flour bits in a lentil based motley perked with spices. It is a popular dish in Gujarat and Rajasthan and is prepared mostly for lunch.
Wash the dal and add it in a pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, tomato and 4 cups of water.
Pressure cook until dal is softened.
Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release.
Add jaggery, 2 cups of water and lemon juice in the dal and mix well.
Add whole wheat flour, gram flour, salt, vegetable oil, ajwain and turmeric powder in a bowl and mix well.
Add little water and knead to make a soft chapati like dough.
Make small balls from the dough and roll to make a thin chapati.
Cut the chapati into small pieces of any desired shape.
Add the pieces in the cooked dal.
Add some more water if the dal is too thick.
Cook for 10-12 minutes on medium heat until the dough is cooked properly.
Heat ghee in a pan.
Once the ghee is how, add hing, cumin seeds and mustard seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds.
Add curry leaves and green chilli and fry for a few seconds.
Pour the tempering over the dal and give it a gentle mix.
Garnish the dal dhokli with fresh coriander and sprinkle roasted peanut on top.
The dal for this recipe should be watery. The dough will absorb the water and thicken the dal.After adding dhokli to the dal, make sure to finish the dish the same day. This doesn't refrigerate very well. The dhokli stick to each other and make a lump.You can choose to skip adding jaggery as in Rajasthani version.To make it interesting for kids, you can cut the dhokli in interesting shapes.This recipe is a perfect Jain style recipe made using NO Onion No Garlic but you can definitely go ahead and add a lot's of garlic in the tadka. I love that version too.To make a vegan version, replace Ghee with Coconut Oil or Vegetable oil.Although traditionally vegetables are not added in it, you can always go ahead and add veggies like carrots, peas, beans etc to make it even more healthier.Add finely chopped raw mangoes in season.