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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dalma - dal cooked with vegetables

Cooking time required: 20-25 mins (approx)Cost of preparation: Approx. 25-35 rupees
Ingredients: Dal (200 gms), vegetables ( string beans(4-5 nos), green banana( half ), raw papaya(100 gm), tomato ( 1nos, optional), potato ( 1 smal, optional ), drumsticks (2-3 nos ), green chilli ( 1 no.), cumin seeds (1 tsp), saunf (1 tsp), ghee (2-3 tsp), cumin-chilli powder (1/2 tsp), turmeric powder(1/2 tsp), salt, coriander leaves.

Preparation : Wash the dal and put in a pressure cooker. Add sufficient water cover dal and stand about 2-3 inches above it. Wash and cut vegetable into medium sized pieces . Keep the drumsticks aside and add rest of the vegetables to dal. Add turmeric powder and salt, and close the lid. Cook on medium flame.Allow for 2 whistles. Remove from fire and keep aside for 5-6 mins. Open lid, add the drumstick pieces and close lid. Put on stove for 3-4 mins on high flame. Remove from fire and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin and saunf seeds. Pour the spluttering seeds over the cooked dal. Add chilli-cumin powder and mix. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Dalma Chakuli(Dosa)

For preparing chilli-cumin powder : Heat a iron pan, put whole red chiilies and cumin seeds. Roast till the chillies darken a little. Remove from pan, and grind into a coarse powder. Store in a airtight jar and use within 1 month.

Note - In authentic dalma recipe, tomato is not used . Yam, green papaya, taro and raw banana on the other hand are must haves !


  1. 1st time here.
    I am very fond of Oriya food as I was born and brought up in Orissa. So I always hunt for Oriya recipe
    Which dali you have used, haraDa or Munga?
    Have a nice weekend

  2. You can use either of the one, or you can mix them in equal proportion. The one in the picture is of harada

  3. Forgot to add...when using muga(moong) dal, roast it slightly on a tawa till the distinct flavour comes out.....

  4. serve it with pullo rice and raw onion with black paper and chat masala powder///

  5. good blog
    variety of oriya recipes...

  6. I hate saying this but your recipe for Habisa Dalma or normal Dalma is different than the traditional recipe.

    In Habisa Dalma, the only ingredients are Kancha Kadali, Saru, Muga Dali, Kata and Kora Nadia, Ginger and Oou. If you don't have Oou then substitute for Lime. As mentioned by you, Haladi should never be added.

    In Normal Dalma, the ingredients are Harada Dali, Kancha Kadali, Kakharu, Baigana, Simba, Potala, Desi Alu, Mula, Aada, Kata and Kora Nadia. Here Haladi is used. After Chunka you can add some Bhaja Badi and Jira Lanka Gunda

    1. I appreciate your sharing this information...but as fas as I see the dalma recipe differs from region to region and even each household has its own twist


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