Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tuvar Methi Ni Dhokli

Tuvar Methi ni Dhokli is made with Tuvar Dana and Methi Bhaji. Its a traditional dish, not so popular. I had in my aunts place. These are simple age old homemade dishes. While making these dishes, its like a get together, as the ladies sit together, chit-chat and keep patting the dhoklis. Then one of them cooks it. Its a bit of a process, but its really good. Though I am a Dal Dhokli fan, this is hardly in my cooking. Since tuvar dana are got seasonally between October to December, this dish is made hardly twice.
Its like a one Pot meal, usually made at weekends or for Dinner.

There are few steps to prepare this dish, also takes time to get prepared as the Dhoklis have to be patted at made. I am sharing the ingredients and method one by one.

Step 1:
For Tuvar Dana:
Tuvar Dana 1 cup
Salt as per taste
Water 2 - 3 cups

Wash tuvar dana. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for nearly 5 whistles or until dana is done.

Once pressure releases, open and drain the water and keep aside.

Step 2:
For Methi Dhokli:
Atta / Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup
Methi / Fenugreek leaves 1 bunch
Salt as per taste
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Oil 2 tbsp
Water needed for kneading

Wash Methi / Fenugreek leaves well and chop it. 
{Since I had chopped the leaves in the morning, again I placed the leaves in water just to get back its freshness}.

In a bowl take atta, add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, methi leaves{without water}, oil and add enough water and knead to form a smooth dough. Keep aside covering for 15 minutes.

Before staring to prepare the final part of Tuvar Methi Dhokli in Step 3, we have to make the Dhoklis, For that take the dough, knead once and make small balls of it. Take a ball, pat with your fingers like keeping the ball on the left hand palm and tapping it with your right fingers. This is called "Thepwanu" in Gujarati. 
The below pic is the methi dhokli that I have patted by hand.
{You can refer and see picture of Thepwanu in my Dal Dhokli post in step 2}.
Do the same for the remaining dough. This process takes quite a time, so better to sit comfortably and do it.
{Tip: It took me much time to pat and do, so I kept covering the dough with a cloth, else the dough might become dry and loose its softness}.
  Now lets complete the final part of making Tuvar Methi Ni Dhokli.

Step 3:
For Preparing Tuvar Methi Dhokli:
Readied boiled Tuvar Dana
Readied Methi Dhokli
Salt as per taste
Garlic 2 pods, smashed 
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Green Chili - Ginger paste 1 tbsp {we make and keep this paste stored in fridge weekly}
Oil 1 tbsp
Water 2 cups

In a deep pan, heat oil. Once heated add mustard seeds. As it splutters, add garlic pods and saute for a second.

Now add boiled tuvar dana, green chili-ginger paste and mix once.

Now add 2 cups of water, salt as per taste and turmeric powder and stir and allow it to simmer in low flame. 

Now we have to add the dhoklis. 

Meanwhile, we have been preparing the Methi Dhoklis{step 2}, 
As the dhoklis are made, start adding them to the simmering pan one by one in step 3
{Note: Add the dhoklis one by one, else they will stick to each other and spoil the dish}.

Close the lid and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. 
{Tip: Open once and see, if you feel it is become dry, add required amount of water. This dish should not be watery nor too dry, also mix once a while so that dhoklis doesn't stick to the  bottom}.

{The 2 above pics turned dark, because by mistake I pressed some button in my camera} 
As you find the dhoklis have turned soft, transparent, our tuvar methi ni dhokli is ready. Switch off. 

Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy as it is.


  1. Looks like something my family would enjoy!

  2. Jeena, it's so interesting to learn about Gujarati dishes that are not as well-known like dhokla or thepla. I'd love to make this dish someday. Delicious one-pot meal!

    1. I am happy u enjoy such dishes, Its encourages me to find out more and try. Thanks a lot..

  3. Never heard neither can I recall if I have tasted this dhokli. But with that aroma of methi, I would definitely love it.

    1. Yes its actually a dish made rarely..

  4. Never heard of this,but it looks delicious.will try

  5. Lovely dish.Yummy !!! Definitely I am going to try it .

  6. A new & interesting version of dhokli...........looks delicious.

    1. Yes its actually a rare dish and Thanks


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