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Dalma from Odisha

December 3, 2008
A comfort and staple food of Odisha, the mere mention of Dalma will take you down the memory lane. Absolutely easy and fuss free.
A comfort and staple food of Odisha, the mere mention of Dalma will take you down the memory lane. Absolutely easy and fuss free.
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.
lentil still life image
dalma ingredients
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. Dalma goes so well with rice and tomato khajuri khatta

  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon 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

Soak dal for 30 minutes. Drain and mix all the vegetables with turmeric powder. Add 1 1/2  cups of water and cook in a pressure cooker on a medium fire. Allow only one whistle other wise the vegetables will become mussy. If the dal is dense, add more water but the consistency should be thick.

In a pan heat the ghee, add hing, dry red chilies, pancha putona and 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger and chopped tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes are soft. Now add the cooked lentils and simmer it for couple of minutes.

Season it with roasted cumin and red chili powder and chopped coriander.

Serve hot with rice.

A comfort and staple food of Odisha, the mere mention of Dalma will take you down the memory lane. Absolutely easy and fuss free.
A comfort and staple food of Odisha, the mere mention of Dalma will take you down the memory lane. Absolutely easy and fuss free.

 

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A comfort and staple food of Odisha, the mere mention of Dalma will take you down the memory lane. Absolutely easy and fuss free.

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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

    Hi….
    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

    chakali

  • 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??
    Mona

  • 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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