This easy Instant Pot Dal Dhokli recipe can be ready for you in a snap. Store bought noodles make this sweet and spicy traditional Indian lentil stew easier than ever.
Dal dhokli is a popular one pot Gujarati Indian dish. It’s made by cooking homemade whole wheat noodles in a pot of simmering lentil stew. It’s no doubt an Indian comfort food favorite with its sweet and spicy taste. It’s also very healthy with a good balance of protein and carbohydrates.
Now, even though dal dhokli is a one pot meal, making delicious homemade noodles is a bit time consuming. Not to worry! I’ve finally turned this family favorite into even fewer steps by using the Instant Pot and ready made whole wheat lasagna noodles.
I’ve been eating and making dal dhokli since as long as I can remember. Everyone loves it. When I ask that question of what do you want for dinner, the answer is often Dal Dhokli. Sometimes I’d go with it but other times it just didn’t seem like the fast answer I was looking for.
It never really felt like a true one pot meal because I still had to dirty a bowl to make the dough and take out my rolling pin, flour and mat. I’d stand over the simmering pot and put my noodles in one by one as I rolled them out and cut them. It’s a bit more time than I like spending standing over the stove.
This recipe has been a game changer! The Instant Pot and whole wheat lasagna noodles changed everything. No more extra time needed to roll out dough and no more extra dishes.
Now that whole wheat lasagna noodles are more readily available, it’s easy to substitute the homemade dough with broken lasagna noodles. The noodles are plain and not spiced like the traditional dough but the recipe for the dal makes up for all the flavor. They are also slightly thinner than dough that you would roll out but when it comes to convenience who really cares?
Well, I guess there are always picky eaters out there but luckily none in my house! I know what else you are thinking. These are modern times though so tell your MIL it’s going to be okay if you cheat a little!
I first shared this dal dhokli recipe on Food Fanatic so be sure to visit it there along with my other vegetarian recipes.
- 1 ½ Tablespoon canola oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon black mustard seed
- 8-10 curry leaves, optional
- 1 large tomato, diced
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon Indian chili powder, optional
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons peanuts
- ½ cup toor dal (split yellow pigeon peas)
- 5 cups water
- 6 sheets of whole wheat no bake lasagna noodles, broken in 1-2 inch sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons jaggery or sugar
- 1 Tablespoon tamarind paste
- 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Turn the Instant Pot on to saute Mode and add
the oil to the pot. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and
curry leaves. (Have a cover ready so it doesn’t splatter).
- After about 30 seconds add the tomatoes,
turmeric, ginger, chili powder, salt and peanuts. Stir and cook for 2-3
- Add the dal, water and lasagna pieces.
- Close the pot with the pressure valve set to
sealing. Set on Manual mode for 9 minutes.
- Allow the pot to naturally release for 15
minutes and then do a quick release.
- Open the pot and stir in the jaggery and
tamarind. This will also help break up any of the dal too.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.
- I used DeLallo brand no bake whole wheat
lasagna. I have not tried this with other types.
- Enough lime juice to suit your taste can be
substituted for the tamarind paste.
- The stew may appear too liquid when you open the
pot but it will thicken as it cools.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1168mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 9gSugar: 10gProtein: 12g
This nutrition information is only an approximate provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. Information comes from Nutritionix, an automated nutrition calculator.