Dal dhokli

Dal Dhokli is a popular Gujarati dish in which a lentil soup is made and then wheat dough that is rolled into rotis and cut into diamond shape pieces are added to the lentils. It is one of my favorite dishes, however sometimes it can get time consuming to make the entire dish. Last night I was teaching this dish at Whole Foods and I made a modified version. Here it is:

1 cup French lentils
½ cup red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon paprika powder
1 Roma tomato, finely chopped
3 gloves of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup 100% whole wheat white flour, knead into a semi-soft dough using ½ cup of water approximately.
·         In a 5 qt pot over medium heat, heat oil and saute cumin seeds, jalapeno and onions until onions are light brown, stir every minute. This should take about 4-5 minutes once the oil is hot.
·         Add garlic, tomatoes, turmeric, paprika and saute for 5 minutes, stirring every minute.
·         Add lentils along with 3 cups of water, season with salt and cook for 20 minutes or until lentils have cooked. Mash using a potato masher if you like a puree consistency.
·         Make quarter size balls of wheat dough and add these balls into the lentils and boil for another 10 minutes or so. You can always add ½ cup of water if the lentils are drying out.
·         Adjust salt and garnish with cilantro. Serve hot in a soup bowl.

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