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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Buta Dalma ( Mandira Dalma )

Cooking Time Required: 20 mins
Cost of preparation: 35-40 rupees

Ingredients: Chana dal ( 11/2 cup ), pumpkin pieces ( 1 cup ), potatoes ( 1/2 cup ), freshly grated coconut ( 1/ cup ), roasted cumin-chilli powder ( 1 tsp ), turmeric (1/2 tsp ), salt.

For seasoning : Dry red chillis ( 3-4 nos ), cumin seeds ( 1/2 tsp ), fennel seeds ( 1/2 tsp ), asafoetida ( 1/3 tsp ), bay leaf ( optional ), ghee ( 2-3 tsp).

Cooking: Soak the chana dal for 5-6 hours. Wash and transfer to a pressure cooker, add the pumpkin and potato pieces along with 2-3 cups water (Do not add too much water as the dalma should have a thick consistency ). Add turmeric and salt. Close the lid and allow for 2-3 whistles.

Remove from fire and allow steam to escape.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the red chillis, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, bay leaf and asafoetida. Remove from the fire in 30 seconds and pour over the boiled dal. Add the chilli-cumin powder and grated coconut . Mix well. Serve with puris/ aruwa bhata.

Note:- I have used cumin-fennel for seasoning as in Mandira dalma preparation. One can use pancha-phutana instead.


  1. Dalma looks absolutely yummy and comforting..

  2. i always come across some new recipe whenever i visit ur blog, looks so yumm. nice presentation!

  3. Thank you !! Its really flattering !!


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