How to make Dhaba style Dal & Roti at home using Rice Cooker & OTG

Dhaba meal
Dhaba meal

The rustic Dhaba style Dal & Roti is everyone’s favourite and an extremely satisfying meal. Though it is impossible to replicate the earthiness of dhaba food which is an amalgamation of various factors, I still tried to cook it at home this sunday to end my perpetual craving for that simple dal & tandoori roti. The most exciting thing  about this experiment is I used the Panasonic Rice Cooker that is only used for making plain rice or biryani in my home. The standard electric  rice cooker not many people know is a slow cooker and can be used to make multiple things including a cake! The slow heat affect leads a beautiful mushy texture to the dal and add to the flavour. After this successful experiment I have some crazy recipes on my mind to try! It is also a great option for flame free cooking or for people who don’t have the full kitchen setup or for those vacations/picnics/ cook outs! In fact I really like this combo rice cooker which comes with few attachments and can give serious competition to the induction plate cooking market segment.

I also used my Sunflame Oven Toaster Grill for making those Tandoori Rotis.


Look at the crispiness!
Look at the crispness!


That mushy texture
That mushy texture

Recipe for the Dhaba Dal Fry

Urad Dal (Split White Lentils) : 1 Cup
Chana Dal ( Split Bengal Gram): 2 Cups
Onion : 1 Big
Tomatoes: 2-3
Garlic: 10-12 cloves
Ginger: 2 Inches long piece
Green Chillies: 3-4
Coriander: For Garnishing
Cinnamon: 2 Inches long stick
Clove: 5-6
Tomato Ketchup: 1 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Red Chilli Powder: 1 Tbsp
Turmeric Powder: 1 Tsp
Coriander Powder: 1 Tbsp
Garam Masala: 1 Tbsp
Desi Ghee ( Clarified Butter): 4 Tbsp


  1. Pre soak the lentils for 2-3 hours. Plug in the rice cooker and let it heat for a minute, add desi ghee & cinnamon & cloves.
  2. Add roughly chopped onions, ginger & garlic.
  3. Let the onion turn translucent, make sure you use a wooden spatula or ladle to stir it.Lightly stir fry
  4. Add all the dry spices, roughly chopped tomatoes, green chiles and tomato ketchup.
  5. Let is cook for 2 mins and add little water.
  6. Now add the pre soaked lentils & 6 cups water.
  7. Add everything & simmer
    Add everything & simmer.


  8. Close the lid and let it simmer for 45-50 mins.
  9. Switch off the rice cooker & garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  10. Top it with a spoon of desi ghee before serving for the magical aroma.

Method for Tandoori Roti

  1. Take some fresh dough made using wheat flour, bran, water & desi ghee.
  2. Take a small ball of dough and make a flat roti or chapati, brush some ghee on one side and roll again to make layers.
  3. Pre heat the oven for 5 mins at 250-300 degrees Celsius.
  4. Brush some milk on one side of the roti and place it on a tray in the oven.
  5. Flip it after a minute and let it cook till a nice golden brown colour is achieved.
  6. Add some fresh butter or ghee on top before serving.

Though lot of people might frown on the use of tomato ketchup but it lends a nice sheen & tangy flavour to the dal, you can skip it if you want and add a teaspoon of vinegar instead.

The dal tastes better after few hours so if possible do make it well in advance and serve with freshly made rotis.

You checkout more about cooker and Oven on Amazon here :

Panasonic cooker combo
Panasonic cooker combo

Sunflame OTG

Sunflame OTG

Author: Anuradha

Food Enthusiast, Digital Marketer, Ex-Restaurateur An ex-restaurateur who got into business purely for love of food. Taste buds which are not easy to please – she understands food – from all dimensions. She is at her happiest best in Food Markets – be it traditional Fruit & Vegetables Bazaar, Butcher Streets, Fish Markets or the ultramodern Super Food Stores. Kitchens are her comfort zone and this voracious reader is as classy as she is street savvy.

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