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Manjri Varde’s Protein-packed Recipe

Dal Dhokli, a traditional Gujarati dish, is presented in a fresh light by Sameera Reddy and her mother-in-law Manjri Varde in their entertaining recipe video. Manjri humorously claims that Gujaratis, with their dal dhokli, were the original creators of pasta. This statement is met with banter from Sameera, emphasizing the Indian flair and addition of masalas in everything they make.

Dal Dhokli/Protein Pasta Recipe


  1. 1 cup of toor dal or pigeon peas
  2. Turmeric
  3. Salt
  4. Ginger
  5. Green chilli paste
  6. Peanuts
  7. Gur/Jaggery
  8. Kokum


  1. Soak the toor dal for 20 minutes.
  2. Pressure cook it well with turmeric (haldi) and salt. After cooking, whisk it until smooth.
  3. Return to heat and bring to a boil. Add ginger, green chili paste, peanuts, jaggery (gur), and kokum.
  4. Prepare a tadka (tempering) by heating ghee and adding mustard seeds, methi seeds, whole jeera (cumin), cloves, cinnamon, curry leaves, and hing (asafoetida).
  5. Mix this tadka into the dal and let it simmer.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare a medium-soft dough using whole wheat flour, ajwain seeds, red chili powder, turmeric, salt, and oil. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
  7. Roll out the dough to make thin large rotis. Cut these into diamond shapes and drop them into the simmering dal. Let them cook.
  8. Before serving, garnish with extra ghee, finely chopped onions, and fresh coriander.

Clinical dietitian Garima Goyal points out that dal dhokli is a hidden gem packed with plant proteins, making it a healthy blend of rich flavors. The dish, primarily made of toor dal, offers dietary fiber beneficial for weight management. The combination of spices like turmeric adds immune-boosting properties, making it an excellent choice for health-conscious individuals.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a traditional Gujarati dish or seeking a protein-packed vegetarian meal, this Dal Dhokli recipe is worth a try.

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