Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot

Dill Dhokli – A nourishing and satisfying meal with homemade whole wheat noodles cooked in a peppery chili-garlic dill sauce!

In Indian cooking Dill is used as main ingredient, rather than a herb in several dishes. I remember growing up not being a big fan of Dill. After the birth of my older son while my Mom was visiting, she made Dill lentils with a touch of chickpea flour and lots of minced garlic. That recipe made me fall in love with Dill. I have since cooked with Dill so many times that my entire family enjoys Dill.

If you have not cooked with dill here is a MUST-TRY recipe! And If you enjoy Dill like us you need to make this NOW!!

I got many sweet messages from you guys about my Instant Pot Daal Dhokli recipe. I am always thrilled to hear from my readers and it made me so happy to know that you loved my recipe. So here is another Dhokli recipe for you… one of my mom’s newest recipes that we all devour!

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I am always up for anything with Dill & Garlic. A quick sauté of fresh dill leaves with garlic, red chillies and lentils makes a healthy and delicious side dish to enjoy with parathas or hot rice. The tender lacy dill leaves is the star ingredient in my fish Biryani!

This EASY vegan Dill Dhokli recipe is truly a brilliant idea if you are looking to add dill in your diet!

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Make the dough with whole wheat flour, carom seeds, turmeric and salt. Roll the dough into circles and cut into bite-sized squares.

Dill DhokliSprinkle some dry flour on the dough squares to prevent them from sticking to each other and keep them in a large tray. Make a simple tadka with oil, asafetida, turmeric, chili and garlic; sauté fresh dill in it. Add water, bring to boil and then add the dhokli’s. Pressure cook for 2 mins in the Instant Pot followed by Quick Release and the delicious Dill Dhokli is ready to be enjoyed. The addition of chickpea flour in this dish adds a nice mellow-buttery taste.

This Instant Pot Dill Dhokli recipe can also be adapted easily for traditional pressure cooker or stove top cooking.

Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in a peppery chili-garlic dill sauce to make a healthy and satisfying meal!
Ingredients
  • Dhokli:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (plus ¼ cup for rolling)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon carom seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 green chilies or 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup packed dill (de-stemmed & chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon besan{chickpea flour} mixed in ½ cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Mix 1 cup of whole wheat flour, salt, carom seeds and turmeric. Use water as needed to make a firm yet pliable dough. I used ½ cup of water. Add oil and knead the dough well. Make 6 balls from the dough. Using the extra whole wheat flour, roll the dough balls into 8 inch thin circles. Using a pizza cutter, cut each rolled circle into 1-inch squares{dhoklis}. Put the cut dough pieces on a platter. Sprinkle a little bit of dry flour before layering the pieces on a tray to avoid them from sticking to each other.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays, add oil. Add asafetida, turmeric, green chilies and garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add dill and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add 1 cup of water, salt and chickpea flour paste. Mix well.
  5. Put glass lid on and cook until the liquids come to rolling boil.
  6. Add the dhokli squares and stir gently.
  7. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing.
  8. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 mins followed by Quick Release.
  9. Open Instant Pot, gently stir the dhoklis. Enjoy hot!

 

 

Handvo {Spicy Rice and lentils cake} – Oven & Instant pot Recipe

Handvo – A traditional gujarati savory cake made with rice, lentils and lots of vegetable like bottle gourd, fenugreek leaves and carrots. Spiced with fresh ginger and green chilies, tempered with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and dried red chillies. This wholesome dish can be enjoyed as a meal by itself or with a side of pickle or chutney.

Updated to include Instant Pot version of this recipe!

Handvo with tea

 

 

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Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot

Sweet Potato Halwa – A  delicately flavored, lightly sweetened dish with melt-in-mouth textures and aromatics from cardamom and saffron.

This right here sounds like our family when it comes to food-

“I could have killed you.”  “Or I could have killed you,” Percy said.  Jason shrugged. “If there’d been an ocean in Kansas, maybe.” “I don’t need an ocean—” “Boys,” Annabeth interrupted, “I’m sure you both would’ve been wonderful at killing each other. But right now, you need some rest.” Food first,” Percy said. “Please?” ― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena Continue reading “Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot”

Sprouted Lentils Breakfast Bowl – Instant Pot

Sprouted Lentils Breakfast Bowl – A perfect make-ahead, meatless breakfast with protein-rich sprouted brown lentils, lightly spiced with freshly grated ginger, turmeric, mild red Kashmiri chili powder, and cumin!

Years ago, growing up in a small town in India, I remember enjoying an array of dishes cooked with lentils and pulses, in my mom’s bustling kitchen. Daal, Dosa, Khichdi, Curry were on repeat list for our meals and many mornings started with a bowl of warm sprouted lentils with nutty textures and bright flavors. Continue reading “Sprouted Lentils Breakfast Bowl – Instant Pot”

Sheer Khurma – Instant Pot

Sheer Khurma which literally means “milk with dates” in Persian, is a vermicelli pudding prepared during the holy month of Ramadan or on the last day which is celebrated as Eid by Muslims around the world. Traditionally made from dried dates this special dish is served as breakfast on the morning of Eid after the prayer, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

I have vivid memories of enjoying this irresistible dessert growing up in India; with its perfect bite from the assortment of crunchy nuts and poppy seeds, hint of sweetness from succulent dates and raisins, royal looks and the delicate aroma from saffron and homemade ghee; making Sheer Khurma such a heavenly treat!

I grew up in a small, yet close-knit town in India. My Dad has a huge social circle and many of his friends who celebrate Ramadan, fast from morning until sunset during this holy month. The last day which is Eid or as I remember calling it “Ramazan Eid” is a big celebration involving family, friends and the community. We would be invited over to celebrate and were offered many exquisite foods, one of which is this ambrosial dessert “Sheer Khurma”!

sheer khurmaHere is a nice article from national geographic on how Ramadan is celebrated Around the World.

To all our Muslim friends, we wish you “Happy Ramadan and EID MUBARAK!”. Check out some more of our easy Ramadan recipes – Chicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, and Masoor Khichdi.

This recipe is my mom’s version that she has enjoyed over the years. There probably are several variations on making it and here is her easy sheer khurma recipe that tastes divine:

Sheer Khurma - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: dessert
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 10-12 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • ¼ cup Almonds (I use blanched slices)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ⅓ cup thin vermicelli, roasted
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 5 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Soak Pistachios in warm water for 5 mins. Remove the skin and slice thin. Slice cashews and dates.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to Saute Mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays add ghee. Add almonds, pistachios, cashews, and dates. Roast for a minute.
  3. Add raisins, vermicelli, coconut and poppy seeds. Mix well.
  4. Add 3 cups of milk, sugar, and saffron. Give a quick stir and close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 minutes.
  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Open Instant Pot and add 1-2 cups of milk and vanilla.
  6. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode and bring to gentle boil, stirring frequently. Enjoy Sheer Khurma hot or chilled.

French Toast / Bread Pudding – Instant Pot

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Happy spring, Happy summer and Happy Mango season! I am SO jealous of all my family and friends in India enjoying the mangoes. My most favorite fruit, especially the ‘Alphanso’ variety is in season. Best way to enjoy them? Cut up like a dozen of them in a giant platter and enjoy with family and friends!

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In many Indian cities, road-side stalls serving hot egg bhurji with soft buns drenched in butter is a common site. It is a very popular street food, that I never had a chance to try. Lucky me, has a gourmet cook mother who made a much healthier version at home that tastes heavenly. Continue reading “Egg Bhurji {Indian scrambled eggs}”

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These energy balls are super healthy with all wholesome ingredients, well almost all except some dark chocolate, which is my house is considered ‘healthy’. So what makes these so good for you? Well.. here are just a “few” benefits of each of the ingredients:  Continue reading “Quinoa almond date truffles”

Energizing green smoothie

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