Sep 8, 2015

Dalma (Lentil and Vegetables Curry) - Orissa Cuisine

Dalma is one of the most comfort and staple recipe of Orissa region. On every auspicious day, dalma must be include in menu and served with rice. It’s a simply and delicious recipe with combination of vegetables and lentil which enhance the taste more. Traditionally, they used raw papaya and raw banana in this recipe but I made this recipe with regular vegetables. Compare to other Indian cuisine, Odia cuisine used less oil and is less spicy but of great taste.

Dalma is a dish made from dal and vegetables, generally made from toor dal and contained diced vegetables like green papaya, green banana, eggplant, pumpkin, and gourd. Season it with turmeric powder, phanch phutana or phoron, red chili powder. 

Dalma (Lentil and Vegetables Curry)
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category:  Main Course
Cuisines: Orissa

1 Cup Yellow Pigeon Peas/ Arhar Dal
1 Cup Pumpkin, Diced
1 Large Sized Potato, Diced
1 Cup Eggplants, Diced
1/2 Cup Bottle Gourd, Diced
2 Tomatoes, Diced
1 Tsp. Ginger, Grated
1 Bay leaf
2 Whole Dried Red Chilies
1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Pinch of Asafoetida
Salt to taste
Red Chili Powder to taste
1 Tbsp. Ghee

Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes.
Now add drain lentil and mix vegetables with bay leaf, salt and turmeric powder.
Add 3 cups of water and cook in a pressure cooker on medium flame till to 4-5 whistles. 
In tadka pan, Add ghee, asafetida, grated ginger, dried red chilies and panch poran.
When they start to crackle, add the cooked lentils and simmer it for few minutes more.
Season it with roasted cumin and red chili powder and chopped coriander.
Serve hot dalma with steamed rice.

Notes: don’t over boil the lentils. If the dal has dried up, add more water but consistency should be thick.

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  1. I had bookmarked this recipe when we did the Indian States mega marathon. I am yet to cook dalma

  2. Recently i made Daalma and we all loved it , really delicious cuisine .

  3. Dalma look so hearty and comforting dal.Lovely

  4. This is a real comforting and delicious dal.

  5. Great recipe from Orissa. Loving it Preethi

  6. Comforting dal, looks prefect to enjoy with some rice.

  7. I also made this and thoroughly loved it.

  8. very comforting bowl of dal there !

  9. Very nice one..Dalma makes a comforting meal!

  10. Good choice Preeti. Dalma looks hearty & comforting.

  11. It looks delicious. I remember preparing it for another BM and loving it.

  12. With the flavor of panch phoran the earthy flavors must have created such depth of flavor. looks delicious


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