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#RootsOfRajasthan: 3 One-Pot Rajasthani Dishes for Quick & Easy Feast

  • by Dipali Khandelwal
  • October 6, 2017

Clay pot cooking is a popular cooking technique in Rajasthan. The cooking pots known as ‘handi’ are used to prepare various Rajasthani delicacies. While the Rajasthani food is usually elaborated and rich with all the desi ghee, dry fruits, and heavy gravies. Here are 3 one-pot dishes from the land of camels that are super tasty and super quick.

Dal Dokhli

One of the most popular winter dish, Dal Dokhi is basically flour dumplings cooked with seasoned lentils. Rajasthani dal dokhli is spicy and flavorsome.


1. In a bowl, add a cup wheat and 3 tbsp of gram flour, baking powder, chili powder, turmeric powder, a pinch of asafoetida and 2 tbsp of oil. Mix well with water and make a smooth dough.

  1. Make small balls with this dough and press them a little.
  2. Wash pre-soaked gram dal and add in a heavy bottom pan with water with turmeric powder, garam masala, and salt.
  3. Once the dal is semi-cooked, add dough balls one by one. Let it cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot daal dokhli with lemon juice, freshly chopped tomatoes, onion, green chilli and coriander leaves.

Masala Khichdi

Khichdi is a go-to dish. Here’s a quick and nutritionist version of khichdi which is yummy, spicy and loaded with the goodness of veggies.


1. Soak moong daal and rice for 1 hour.

  1. In a pressure cooker, heat ghee and then add hing and jeera. As soon as they start popping, add chopped spring onion, garlic, carrot, cauliflower, peas and green chilli. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add turmeric powder, mirchi powder, salt, garam masal to it. Now add washed rice and moong daal. Mix well and cook it through 2-3 whistles.
  3. Serve hot with a drizzle of ghee.

Gatta Pulao

The heavy and wholesome gatta pulao is a version of pulao that is made with traditional Rajasthani gatta. You can make this with leftover rice too.


1. Combine gram flour, red chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, oil, and salt to form a stiff dough. Form cylindrical shapes with a small proportion of the dough by applying oil on your palms. And drop them into boiling water and cook for 3 minutes.

  1. Take them out and cut into small pieces.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil. Once the oil is heated, add cumin seeds, ginger and garlic paste. Cook for few minutes, now add chopped onion and green chilli with a pinch of salt. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala and cooked gattas.
  3. Now add cooked rice and mix well till everything blends.
  4. Squeeze some lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.

Sorted for dinner tonight? Try these easy-peasy recipes and share your versions in the comment section below.



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