Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dalma...Lentil with vegetables

Dalma is an authentic odia dish which is prepared mostly in every home. You can resemble this with south indian  sambhar but there is no tamarind or sambhar masala in this. In most houses in odisha Dalma is prepared on puja days as u can make it without onion garlic tempering.
I have a great taste bud for Dalma from childhood as I can have it with plain rice any time of the day.
It is one of the easy ways to use any of the vegetables in your refrigerator.

Toor Dal - 1cup
1 carrot cubed
1/2 Radish cubed
2 small Aubergine cubed
3 tbsp green peas
1 green banana cubed
7-8 Broad beans
1 tomato
1 potato cubed
8-10 cubes of pumpkin
2 tbsp grated Ginger
2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Ghee or any of your cooking oil
1 Tsp Panchphoron (mix of cumin seeds,mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds,kala zeera, Aniseeds)
2-3 Whole Red  chillies
Pinch of Asafoetida
1 tbsp roasted zeera lanka powder(cumin seeds and red chillies powder)

Although i have given a detail quantity description of the vegetables but you can use any quantity and any vegetables for Dalma. Today I had these vegetables so i am posting with these but in an authentic Odia Dalma we put Yam as well.

Wash Toor dal and along with all the vegetables , water , salt, turmeric and coriander powder pressure cook it for 1 whistle.
 For Tempering, take Ghee in a pan add panchphoron and red chillies. Then add a pinch of asafoetida and grated ginger. Put the tempering into the dal. Add roasted cumin and red chilly powder to dalma.Garnish with coriander leaves.


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