Oriya recipes

Dalma ( lentils with vegetables ) – An Oriya delight

December 3, 2008
The mere mention of a Dalma will take you down memory lane to a place nestled in the eastern part of India known as Orissa, a coastal state by the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the most comfort and staple food of Oriya people. Whatever the occasion, Dalma adorns the menu and I remember once when I slurped this scrumptious close cousin if dal at Govinda’s restaraunt in Sydney, betting my hubby that it is non other than our coveted Dalma. We chatted with the Pujari (cook) and he said that it was indeed from Orissa and was offered as Prasad to Lord Sri Krishna at the ISKON temple.
It is absolutely a simple and fuss free recipe. The more the variety of vegetables, the better the taste is enhanced. I always love to have it in Orissa because we often get those vegetables that sometimes are hard to find here in the supermarket. Vegetables like raw banana and raw papaya are used Since I don’t find them I often cook with regular vegetables that are mostly available in all the season. The important part of seasoning is using roasted cumin and dry chili powder. The recipe can be found here.
Dalma ( lentils with vegetables ) – An Oriya delight
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Odiya
Author: Shibani of Pearlsofeast
  • ¾ cup Tovar dal (lentils)
  • 1 cup pumpkin cut into big chunks
  • 1 medium sized potato cut into big pieces
  • 1 cup eggplant cut into big chunks
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ginger grated
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Pinch of Hing (Asofotieda)
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon
  • pancha putona
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • Roasted cumin and red chili powder for seasoning
  1. Soak dal for 30 minutes. Drain and mix all the vegetable adding bay leaf and 1 teaspoon of ginger. Add 2 cups of water and cook in a pressure cooker on a medium fire. Allow couple of whistles and switch of the gas. Don’t over boil the lentils. If the dal has dried up, add more water but the consistency should be thick.
  2. In a pan heat the ghee, add hing, dry red chilies, pancha putona and 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger. When they start to crackle, add the cooked lentils and simmer it for couple of minutes.
  3. Season it with roasted cumin and red chili powder and chopped coriander.
  4. Serve hot with rice.


The other accompaniments that goes well are

Tomato and khajuri ( dates) khatta

Dahi baigana
It has been a week now to the deadly terrorist attacks on Mumbai the financial capital of India and much of the world has condemned these ghastly and gory attacks on innocent people in Mumbai. It is unfathomable why some people commit such heinous crimes and malign religion which has nothing to do with these acts of inhumanity.My heart is bleeding with the pathetic sight of Mumbai. The charm and glow of the Taj Hotel has vanished leaving so many people devasted and mourning. But what is so inspiring is the state of solidarity, faith and strength among the common affected people who are determined not to bow down before the threats of terrorism, they have become rock solid hard and are going about their business as usual. These acts are simply criminal, ghastly and unpardonable. Although among the perished, I have not known anyone personally but I grief & cry for the perished ones and my soul reckons to be with them to console them in their tragedy. To those of you who have lost your dear ones I pray to god that he gives you the strength and the patience to bear this irreplaceable loss and I pray for peace for everyone and all. I hope and pray that people learn to just be human beings and if nothing else at least have some respect for another human life. Let us all pray that when god has gifted us an advanced brain let us not act as animals and even animals do not attack unless provoked or are insanely hungry. Why can’t we human beings if we cannot be as human beings, be at least like the animals and not kill another being. I have lit a candle in the memory of the departed and I pray and hope that peace will prevail.

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  • Reply Priya December 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Wowo wat a lovely presentation..dalma looks gorgeous ..lovely..

  • Reply Premyscakes December 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Hi, My heart is so heavy when i think about mumbai incident, no words to explain. I also pray for the peace and salute the brave souls who had departed.
    And your oriya delight is very tempting, recipe sounds interesting.
    catch u later.

  • Reply Sharmila December 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Dalma is an absolute fav .. I make it with roasted moong dal/chana dal. Your snap has come out fabulous Shibani … I have never been able to get a good snap .. they just don’t do enough justice to this lovely dish. 🙂

  • Reply Cham December 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    We get rwa papaya and banana here, may be it should try it, it looks delectable ur plate.
    Mumbai attack is horrible and terriying in Indian history!

  • Reply anudivya December 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Hey! Dalma looks good. Do you have a new look to your blog???

  • Reply notyet100 December 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    gonna try dalma soon,..pic itself look so yummy,..
    regarding terrorist attack on mumbai , i agree with u these days people have forgotten that they r human beings,..they have started behaving like animals,…and are attacking and killing for no reason,…which is really sad,..:-(

  • Reply sowmya December 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    this is a nice dish..will make this soon..

  • Reply Yasmeen December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Awesome presentation of a simply delicious dalma:)
    I admire the resilience of the people of Mumbai,who have stood together against the acts of terror.The govt. has to strictly punish the culprits to prevent such episodes of terror and innocent killings.

  • Reply Sukanya Ramkumar December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    First time to ur blog…. U have many interesting things going on ur blog, loved them all. incredible pictures and lovey presentation….

    This Dalma look so good. Nice recipe…

  • Reply Vanamala December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Lovely recipe…will try it soon.

  • Reply Vaidehi December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    dalma looks delicious !! pic is jst amazing


  • Reply Uma December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Thanks for introducing another oriya delicacy! Dalma looks so rich and gorgeous! Beautiful presentation as usual! Mumbai incident is the act of barbarians! So disturbing and sad!

  • Reply Happy cook December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    I have never had this, it looks so yummy delicious.

  • Reply Soma December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Another of the comfort food, isn’t it? My mom would make this with masoor dal, but we did not call it dalma, just plain “sobji dal”.

    beautiful pics.

  • Reply Curry Leaf December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Have heard about it,but new recipe-lentil and dal combo is healthy-looks gorgeous.

  • Reply Jo December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

    oh wow, delicious. I’m already imagining this with some chappatis. Yum!

  • Reply delhibelle December 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

    this is soul satisfying stuff!

  • Reply Arfi Binsted December 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

    owwwwwwww that must be hot!! it looks tempting though. yum!

  • Reply Andhra Flavors December 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

    dalma sounds delicious.

  • Reply Uj December 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Dalma looks comforting.. The picture looks yummy.
    Regarding the attack, I feel sorry for thise who have lost their loved one’s. It is really sad and horrifying

  • Reply Passionate About Baking December 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Beautiful picture & great read Shibani. Re Mumbai…heartbreaking all the way. Why can't we give peace a change?

  • Reply Arundathi December 6, 2008 at 1:49 am

    never had dalma – looks fantastic!

  • Reply Usha December 6, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Dalma looks fantastic, great pic too !

  • Reply Aparna December 6, 2008 at 1:49 am

    You are not going to believe this, but I was planning to make this, but didn’t have raw bananas on hand (not available here).
    Now I definitely shall.:)

    A terrorist attack is terrible and when innocents die, ther’s no excuse. Hopefully we will learn something from all this……

  • Reply Kevin December 9, 2008 at 5:32 am

    That looks great! Nice presentation!

  • Reply Suma Rajesh December 10, 2008 at 7:43 am

    this is a perfect dish…new to me..healthy and goes with rice well

  • Reply Lorraine E December 12, 2008 at 6:04 am

    The photography of the Dalma is beautiful! I love the vivid colours and the styling, it sounds delicious too 🙂

  • Reply Susan from Food Blogga December 12, 2008 at 6:04 am

    What a beautifully presented bowl of dalma. I have never heard of using raw bananas in a dish before, but then again, savory banana dishes aren’t too prevalent where I am.

  • Reply Vaishali December 13, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Pearls, I can’t thank you enough for posting traditional recipes. This one sounds like a real winner. I am going to bookmark it.

  • Reply meeso December 14, 2008 at 3:10 am

    That looks great, the pictures are so appetizing, my mouth is watering!!!

  • Reply Anonymous March 9, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I must say.. u are an extremely talented Oriya girl…. Loved ur photography and ur writing style…
    Btw…which part of the world do u live in??

  • Reply Koyelia, FingerBowl.in Marketing Director June 10, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Hi Shibani, Loved your blog! We have put a backlink to this recipe from one of our blog posts, you can check it out here : http://fingerbowl.in/blog/2016/05/24/around-india-29-dishes/
    Keep up the good work! 🙂

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