Wheat dough dumplings in red lentil soup or Dal piththi

This is an authentic food  of Bihar(in India).A similar form of this recipe is Dal dhokli which is common in Gujrat and Rajasthan .Its a very healthy and delicious recipe.Made by boiling wheat dough dumplings and cooking in Red lentil makes it very soft,tender and delicious.A perfect combination of  whole wheat flour piththis simmered in masoor dal/red lentil, this can be classified as a sumptuous one-dish meal.Enjoy it with mashed potatoes,pickles,papads/papadums and fried rice wafers.

This recipe will make 30 dumplings or piththis.

For 2-3 people


Wheat Dough  – 1 cup

Red lentil pulse – 3/4 cup

Cumin Powder – 1 tablespoon

Coriander Powder – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric Powder – 1 tablespoon

Red Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon

Ginger-Garlic paste  – 1 tablespoon

For the Tadka /Tempering:

Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

Chopped garlic – 3

Chopped Green chilli  -2

Cumin – 1 teaspoon

Clarified butter or Ghee – 1 tablespoon (quantity is self choice)

Chopped Cliantro  for garnish

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Knead the wheat flour and make a smooth dough.Make small balls (bit smaller than a size of cherry tomato),Roll the balls into thin round shapes with the help of rolling pin.Fold from from half to form a dumpling or a bowl.Similarly,roll all the dough and keep them aside.

In a pressure cooker,add water and lentils.Bring them to a boil.Then add all cumin powder,coriander powder, turmeric powder,red chilli powder and ginger garlic paste.Let them boil for 10-15 min. Once they have boiled,add the prepared dough dumplings.Put on the cooker lid.After 2 whistles,remove it from the hob and let to cool.

While the ingredients in the cooker is getting cooled,prepare the tempering or tadka.

Finally,a tempering of  cumin seeds,chopped garlic ,chopped green chilli and chopped onions  in ghee or clarified butter are added to the cooked Lentil soup.

Garnish it with coriander leaves.Serve hot.



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