Winter special Rajsthani Makki ke dhokale and spicy Panchmel dal

Winter has started in India and lots of fresh vegetables are coming in the market. One of such winter delicacy is makki ke dhokale which is famous main dish or side dish in Rajasthan. In winters Maize flour provides heat to body so people eat Makki roti or other maize flour delicacies in winter. This yummy delicacy is enjoyed with ground nut oil or sesame oil and spicy Panchmel dal. We can serve Green coriander chutney as well with this dish.

There are various recipes as we can add / remove ingredients as per the availability and likings. Like I have added green peas and soaked horse gram, you can use either of them. Also main ingredient here is papad khar but if you do not have it, you can replace it by baking soda. You can add chopped spinach leaves, methi leaves or even radish green to it. Try different variants and enjoy different flavors they give.


Maize flour has lower calories compared to other flours. It is high in proteins and also rich in iron, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium and various vitamins. It is naturally high in dietary fibers. It has omega 6 unsaturated fat and antioxidants too. It is proven to be good for eyesight, and also helps in the prevention of cancer and anemia like disease.


  • Maize flour (2 cups)
  • Green chilies (2/3 pieces)
  • Garlic (4/5 cloves)
  • Green peas (1/2 cup)
  • Soaked horse gram (2 tbsp)
  • Red chili powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
  • Salt (As per taste)
  • Papad khar or baking soda (1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander leaves (chopped)
  • Ground nut or sesame Oil for serving
  • Panchmel dal
    • Toor dal or pigeon peas (1/4 cup)
    • Moong dal or split and skinned green gram (2 tbsp)
    • Urad dal or split and skinned black gram (2 tbsp)
    • Masoor dal or whole red lentils (2 tbsp)
    • Chana dal or Horse gram (2 tbsp)
    • Onion (1 medium size chopped)
    • Tomatoes (2 small size chopped)
    • Garlic (4/5 cloves)
    • Green chilies (2/3 chopped)
    • Oil / ghee (1 tbsp for tempering)
    • Mustard seeds (for tempering)
    • Jeera / cumin seeds (for tempering)
    • Cloves (2 pieces)
    • Dried red chili whole (1 piece)
    • Asafetida / Hing (1 pinch)
    • Red Chili powder (1 tsp)
    • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
    • Coriander and jeera powder (2 tsp)
    • Salt as per taste


We will first do the preparation and then start making dhoklas.

  1. If you are going to use horse gram or chana dal then soak it for at least 30 minutes.
  2. If you are going to use frozen matar or green peas then take them out of fridge and soak in water till they come to room temperature.
  3. Chop coriander leaves.
  4. Take pestle and mortar and crush green chilies and garlic cloves to make a paste. Don’t grind them too much, it should be little chunky.

Now take Maize flour or makki atta in a mixing bowl. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt to it. Add matar and soaked chana dal to it. Add papad khar or baking soda to it. Add green chilies and garlic paste to it. Add chopped coriander leaves to it and mix it well. Mix all nicely with hand and start adding water little by little to form dough. Now make donuts like shape out of dough with your hands.

Add water to streamer and let it boil. I have used stainless streamer you can use any available one. You can even use pot and mesh plate to have similar arrangement. Once water is boiled, grease mesh plate or streamer plate with oil. And put our dhoklas on the plate and let them steam for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you can check with knife whether they are done or not. Poke a knife and if it comes out clean, then your dhoklas are ready.

So when your dhoklas are boiling you can cook dal to serve with them.

For making panchmel dal, you need to take four or five different dal and wash them and soak them for a while. I have taken above mentioned dals but you can take any as per your liking and availability. Even you can make moong dal alone to go with this dish. Chop onions, garlic, chilies and tomatoes.

Switch on the gas and put cooked on it. Add oil or ghee to it. Once it is hot enough, add cloves, red chilies to it. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add jeera seeds and hing to it. Now add chopped garlic and let them cook a little. Add onions and chilies to it. Cook till the onions are cooked well. Once onions are done add chopped tomatoes to it. Add all the dry spices and let them cook a little. Add soaked dal and water to it and close the cooker. Let it cook on medium flame for 4 whistles. Let the stream release, open cooker and churn it a little. Add water if it looks thick. So this one is single pot dal making recipe. You can make this dal to go with your jeera rice or even simple rice too. It tastes yummy and goes well with dal bati as well.

Now serve your dhoklas hot with groundnut oil or sesame oil. Serve spicy panchmel dal with it. Also you can serve green coriander chutney with it.

In winter season, enjoy this hot dhokle with oil and dal. Makki helps you stay warm during winter and oil is required for your body in this season. So best combination to try out. Do try this recipe and let me know how was your experience. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.

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