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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Habisa Dalma ( Kartika Masa Special Dalma )

Kartika Masa is perhaps the holiest month in the Hindu Calendar. Fasting on the Mondays of this month has a special significance as mentioned in the Puranas. Most people in Orissa give up non vegetarian items (and also onions and garlic in some cases) for the entire month. If not for the entire month, atleast the last five days or 'Panchuka' as it is called in oriya is strictly abided by many.

Womenfolk usually keep a fast and eat once a day on the Mondays of Kartika masa. Their meals consist of arwa anna, habisa dalma and aau khatta. This is a special kind of Dalma that is prepared without turmeric and the moong dal that is to be used is not roasted as usual. Only a few vegetables are sanctioned for this recipe. As 'Habisa' is primarily observed by widows, certain restrictions are imposed on the diet.

Though these days people have started adding turmeric and various vegetables, I will be sticking to the traditional recipe ( BTW i have added a pinch of turmeric as my son is a little picky ). Read on:


















Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients - 1 1/2 cups split moong dal, 1/2 cup saru/arbi/colocassia, 1/2 cup kancha kadali/raw banana, 1/2 cup mati alu/yam, 1/2 cup amrutabhanda/raw papaya, 1/2 cup mula/radish, 1 cup kakharu/pumpkin, 1-2 pieces of aau (slightly crushed) , 2-3 whole red chillis, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp jeera-lanka gunda ( roasted and powdered cumin seeds and dry red chilli ), 1 bay leaf, salt to taste, 2 tsp ghee, grated coconut for garnishing.

















Cooking - Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker. Add broken red chillis, cumin seeds and bay leaf. Fry for 20 seconds.

Wash and transfer the dal along with 4 cups of water to the pressure cooker. Wash and add all the vegetables to it. Close lid and cook for 1-2 whistles.

Remove from flame and allow to cool down before opening the lid. Add the jeera-lanka gunda and grated coconut.

Serve with arwa anna (raw rice) and Oou Khatta / sagaa bhajja.


















Note - One can also add the tempering to the cooked dal and vegetables instead of adding it at the beginning. This is offered as prasad to Dhabaleshwara ( Lord Shiva ).



















This above pic is a earlier one . I have used quite a few vegetables in this one and have also used a bit of tempering !!








5 comments:

  1. My fasting is very basic, maybe for one meal but I incorporate veggie dishes in our every day meal. Will love to try out this recipe but some of ingredients may not be available over here. Still I am sure other types can be added for the lovely outcome.

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  2. Hi,

    Nice blog and nice work. Though this is my first visit I will try visiting it often.

    Sometimes, visit mine too
    http://sharmistha-fanaticfoodie.blogspot.com/

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  3. Hi ,

    Nice blog and nice work. Though this is my first visit I will try visiting it often.

    Sometimes, visit mine too
    http://sharmistha-fanaticfoodie.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aau khata is the attraction of Karthika maasa habisha. But, this vegetable is not available outside Orissa. Can you please tell us the english name of the vegetable? What could be the reason for not use of the vegetable else where?

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  4. Thank you for the recipe.It is one of my favourite veg cuisine.

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