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Daal Dhokli - Instant Pot

Daal Dhokli - Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes an ultimate comfort food!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 5
Calories: 351kcal


Part 1: Dal

Part II: Dhokli


Pressure Cook dal

  • Turn Instant Pot to sauté(more) mode and heat 2 tablespoons of ghee or cooking oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Add turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Mix well.
  • Add tomatoes, red chili powder, jaggery, tamarind paste, salt, peanuts and toor dal. Mix well.
  • Add 2 cups of water, give a quick stir and close Instant Pot with the Pressure valve set to sealing. Pressure Cook(Hi) for 8 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release.

Make the Dhokli

  • While the Dal is cooking, make the dough by mixing 2 cups of whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, salt, carom seeds, red chili powder, turmeric and half tablespoon of oil. Use water as needed to make a firm yet pliable dough. I used little more than ¾th cup of water. Add remaining oil and knead the dough well.
  • Make 5 balls from the dough. Using the extra whole wheat flour, roll the dough balls into 10-12 inch thin circles.
  • Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut each rolled circle into 1-inch squares or 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.
  • Open Instant Pot after the pressure has released naturally. Turn Instant pot to sauté mode and using back of a wooden spatula or an immersion blender, gently blend the dal for 5 seconds. Add 3 cups of water, mix well, cook covered with a glass lid and bring the dal to a gentle boil.

Pressure cook Dal & Dhokli

  • Add half of the dough squares to the dal and mix gently.
  • Add remaining half dough squares, mix again. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Pressure Cook for 2 minutes followed by Quick Release.
  • Mix the Daal Dhokli, add another tablespoon or two of ghee (recommended but optional) and garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy Piping hot!



  • You can add 4 cloves and 1 stick of cinnamon to the dal for more warm flavors
  • Add 2-3 handful of chopped spinach in the dal before adding the dhoklis and stir well


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1883mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 45.2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg
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