Dal ki Roti



Hope you had a happy long weekend folks! And wish you a Happy Monday!

I often wish Sunday's don't go by so quickly and Monday's don't come by so soon. More often, I wake up to a thought of having yet another Sunday that is an extension of the previous day or a hope that the week passes by steadily, merrily and fruitfully, welcoming yet another weekend, and that too a happy, jolly one like the one we just had.

Last week with Eid on Friday, we had a long weekend. The week that went by, we had Independence day falling on Thursday and a quick Friday that that did not seem like a working day, so that counted for yet another lovely long weekend, or at least I like to think that we had one. :)


To make this holiday worthy, we made a day's trek to the nearby outdoors and that was such a welcome break. This Dal ki roti, whipped up from the previous night leftovers made up for our outdoor brunch, just apt as a wrap-up-take-away for any time munch.

Dal ki roti is an excellent way to use up left over dal from the previous day and translate it to a delicious snack or a breakfast dish. Being a popular dish in the North, this was one of those recipes I learnt from my mother in law, who makes it extremely well and is often accoladed for the variety of delicious parathas she makes. Since I have come to learn this, it's been a regular at my home, way too often when I have left-overs of dal from the previous day. It's versatile, easy to put together, healthy and delicious. You may use any simple dal recipe for this one, either moong, tuvar or masoor dal. The one I used is here, however you can use the ones with onions in them or heavier seasoning. A thicker one makes softer and tastier parathas, so I suggest you drain off the excess water if the dal is thin. I like to pep up the seasoning a bit here with some chopped onions, a few hot chillies, garam masala, fresh coriander leaves, but it really up to your choice and taste.


Dal ki Roti


1 cup leftover dal
1 onion, finely chopped
2 to 3 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 chopped onion
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
2 cups whole wheat flour (varies depending on thickness of the dal)
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking


Drain the dal if there's excess water and combine the dal with onion, green chillies, red chilli powder, cumin seeds, garam masala, finely chopped coriander leaves and salt. Combine the wheat flour into this and knead into a soft dough. Set aside for 20-30 mins. Pinch out the dough into equal lime sized portions and with the help of wheat flour, roll out into a circle of 6"-8" using a rolling pin. Heat an iron griddle and cook each roti, flipping each side as they cook. Brush oil on each side of the roti and cook till golden brown on both the sides. Serve hot with onion rings, fresh curd and pickles.



  1. I often add leftover dal and make dal roti similar to yours. This is a good way to use leftover dal. Beautiful pics.

  2. Wat an interesting way to finish leftover dals, fantastic rotis.

  3. I just love these dal rotis and I too make these if I hv left over dal..clicks r really beautiful mallika

  4. Yup, this is a perfect & delicious way to finish of leftover daal.. :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prathi Ruchi

  5. Delicious roti, nice way to use up leftover dal.

  6. Superb photography! First time here and loved it!

  7. Amazing pics..Keep the good work

  8. I make these too. Such a great way to use up leftover dals. I also add a bit of methi or Palak at times. Lovely photos

  9. Adding Palak or Methi is a good idea and that will make these rotis more healthy. I use methi pappu or palak pappu at times to makes these rotis :)

  10. Wonder what has stopped me from trying these all along.. They do sound delicious and are a really smart way to give left-over dal a new lease of life! Lovely pics Mallika!

  11. its a nice idea..and will be very tasty :)

  12. Daal rotis ate wonderful way of adding the extra yummyness. Love it and your pictures are well taken.

  13. I love dal ki roti, especially with leftover dal tadka. Yum!


  14. You remind me of my childhood days ... this was a regular feature in my home when I was growing up , must make them now ... May be tomm. with leftover Dal from today's dinner :)

  15. These dal rotis look so so good!
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

  16. The dal ki roti looks yummy. Love the clicks here.