Buta Dali ( channa dal) and khakru ( pumpkin) – Oriya Dal

March 16, 2008
Buta Dali is a Traditional Dali from Odisha cooked using channa dal and pumpkin. Best tastes with hot puri. Its known to every Odiya folks.

A very sought after dal dish from the Oriya kitchen. This dal is always loved and cherished in my state. It has the amazing taste of spicy lentils blended with sweet-ness of pumpkin. It is nutritious and a wholesome dish and it goes very well with rice or puri.


1 cup Buta daal (channa daal)
1 cup pumpkin  diced
1 large potato diced
1-inch ginger grated
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 to 3 dry chillies
Roasted cumin and dry chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1tsp ghee
Chopped coriander to garnish
Salt to taste

Pressure cook the lentils with pumpkin, potatoes, turmeric and salt. Don’t over cook it.

Heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.When they start to splutter, add grated ginger  and chopped onions. Fry the onions till they are translucent.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till done.

Add the boiled dal to the above masala  and simmer for few minutes. Garnish it with cumin and chilli powder and chopped coriander leaves. Serve it with Puri or Rice.


Roasted Cumin and dry chilli powder
4 tbsp Cumin seeds
8 to 10 dry red whole chilies
Dry roast the above in a griddle. Roast till u get the aroma. Care should be taken not to over roast and burn the seeds. Grind it and store it in an airtight container.

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  • Reply Saswati March 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    ummmm…feeling nostalgic and craving for the dali.my mom makes this mostly for dinner if she is not ina mood to cook veggies.gr8 blog shibani.

  • Reply bee March 17, 2008 at 3:30 am

    what a wonderful dish!! thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Manasi March 17, 2008 at 4:26 am

    This is wonderful! Thanx!

  • Reply Amardeep May 18, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Feeling really nostalgic and home sick after seeing snaps of "Raja Rani" temple and "Bhaskareswara Temple". My home is nearby.

    Lovely recipies and really inspiring. Will definitely try.

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