Instant Pot Dal Dhokli Recipe

Urvashee Patel | Dessarts

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.

Instant Pot Dal Dhokli Photo

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.

Instant Pot Dal Dhokli Picture

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.

Instant Pot Dal Dhokli Image

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 mother-in-law it’s going to be okay if you cheat a little!

Looking for more easy Gujarati food recipes? Try out my recipe for Semolina Upma or Cabbage Stir Fry.

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Instant Pot Dal Dhokli Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Mustard Seed
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves, optional
  • 1 large Fresh Tomato, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Indian Chili Powder, optional
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Peanuts
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal, split yellow pigeon peas
  • 5 cups Water
  • 6 sheets 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


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté 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)
  2. After about 30 seconds add the tomatoes, turmeric, ginger, chili powder, salt and peanuts. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the dal, water and lasagna pieces.
  4. Close the pot with the pressure valve set to sealing. Set on Manual mode for 9 minutes.
  5. Allow the pot to naturally release for 15 minutes and then do a quick release.
  6. Open the pot and stir in the jaggery and tamarind. This will also help break up any of the dal too.
  7. 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.


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Author: Urvashee Patel
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 59
Calories 309

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 1187mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 12g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Urvashee Patel

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Urvashee blogs about delectable desserts on her blog, Dessarts. Lucky for us, she's sharing her delectable vegetarian dishes too as a Vegetarian Fanatic.

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