Odisha Dalma-dal cooked with greens vegetable

 Odisha Dalma-dal cooked with greens vegetable

Dalma is cooked with an array of vegetables and spices, basically dal (lentil). Besides being a part of the main course, people enjoy the dish with a variety of dishes such as Pitha Dalma (local pancake), Vada Dalma (fried lentil cake). The most essential component of any Odia meal is high protein and a nutritious drink.


  • Arhar dal or Moong dal roasted-1⁄2 Cup
  • Coconut (wrenched)- 1⁄4 cup
  • Green plantain(Kadali kancha) diked-1 cup
  • Dicted green papaya-1 cup
  • Dice Radish-1⁄2 Cup
  • Diced Pumpkin – 1⁄2 Cup
  • Arbi (Saru) said-50 g
  • Drum stick(cut into pieces 1 1⁄2) “-2
  • Tomato (cut) / Ouu (apple with elephant)-2
  • Real Yam(Mati alu) a 1⁄2 cup diced
  • Chopped leaves of coriander-2tbsp
  • Phuran panch-1⁄2 tsp
  • Dry red sauce- 2
  • Powdered turmeric-1⁄2 tsp
  • Roasted cumin and chilli powder- 1 tbsp
  • Leaf Bay -1
  • Ginger(1) “& Crushed Green Chile(2)
  • A-1tbsp
  • Seed(methi) of fenugreek-1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste.

Take a pressure cooker with ample water, and switch on the burner.
Thoroughly clean and wash dal, and submit to the boiling water. Connect crushed ginger and chilli pepper. Add all but drumstick vegetables.
Connect salt and ground turmeric. Mix well with the seal, and cover. Cook in medium flame until the sound of a whistle. Wait until the air runs out.

In the meantime boil the drumsticks in a separate pan. When you open the lid, add boiled drumsticks. Why this is done? To prevent the drumsticks do not open up. In earlier times, Dalma was cooked in open utensil and vegetables were added stage by stage depending upon the times required to boil.

Now take a deep pan on flame. Add ghee. Add Panch Phuran, fenugreek seed, dry red chili and bay leaf. Let it crackle.Add chopped tomato and sauté(If you use ouu instead of tomato then drop and boil the oou along with the drumsticks)
Bring dal & vegetables to the boil. Add cucumber. Remove gently and simmer for 2 minutes. Switch the burner off.
Add powder with roasted chilli & cumin.
Garnish leaves with chopped coriander.
Serve Dalma with Puri / Pitha rice / roti / partha.

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