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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dalma : Orissa Special

                                                                                
Today I'm going to share a humble dish from the state of Orissa, which I learnt from my cook who is an Oriya. The taste and aroma was so good that I had to learn this recipe from her. An ultimate blend of lentils and variety of vegetables. A highly nutritious dal which goes well with rice or with pooris/ luchi.  The aroma of panch phoron enhances the flavor and also enhances the taste. Many times I have felt like preparing one dish each from the states of India and taking forward this thought process is today's preparation. Our Country has got varied culture, religions, languages and yet all of them blend together like different flowers in a garden. As always the comments from my readers and blogger friends will be always welcomed.


Ingredients:
1 cup Toor dal /Split Pigeon Pea /Arhar Dal
1 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tsp Refind oil
Salt to taste


Vegetables to be chopped into big chunks:
1 Potato
1 small portion of Pumpkin
100 gms Brinjal
250 gms Bottle gourd
2 Drumsticks, cut into 2 inch length
2 Onions
1 Tomato
1 small Radish


Tempering Ingredients:
1 tsp Panch Phutana (panch phoron: fenugreek, nigella seeds, aniseed, mustard, cumin)
2-3 dry Red chillies
1 Bay leaf
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp chopped Ginger
1/2 tsp Asafoetida (Hing)
  1 1/2 tbsp Ghee


Garnishing: 
1 tsp dry roasted and ground Cumin
1 tsp ghee
1 tbsp Coriander leaves


Method:
Wash and soak the dal in enough water for 20 minutes. Wash and peel the outer skin of bottle gourd and radish. Add all the vegetables, coconut and dal in a pressure cooker. Add salt, oil, turmeric powder, add 3 cups of water and pressure cook until 2 whistles. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp ghee in a pan, add bay leaf, dry red chillies, panch phutana (panch phoron) and stir until the panch phutana  starts spluttering. Immediately add red chilly powder and asafoetida. Add chopped ginger and fry for a minute. Add the tempering to the cooked boiled dal. Sprinkle roasted cumin powder, coriander leaves and  a tsp of ghee on top. Remove from heat, transfer the dal into a serving bowl and serve hot with rice or luchi.

46 comments:

  1. This is one dish that I want to post from ages :) ...how I learnt this is another story ..I totally love this and that platter looks just so fab

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  2. Looks absolutely healthy and delicious.. lovely pictures too :)

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  3. tempting click!...very yummy dish!

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  4. simple combo of dal&veggies looks inviting

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  5. I love this..Perfect looking one..Thanks for the recipe

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  6. Dear Deepa
    Thats a perfect and great dalma. I like it. In one variation people put few smashed garlic in the tempering. The temple version, as usual will not have onion and I generally cook the temple version. I also use a good doze of ghee, which normally is kept to minimum in Odia cooking.
    I am going to try it exactly like this
    Have a nice day

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  7. A gorgeous dish ~ so nutritious n comforting!
    US Masala

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  8. Dalma looks really very nice and tempting. Very healthy also.

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  9. I had heard a lot about this dish. This looks very interesting and yummy. Surely worth a try :)

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  10. Gurl you made me feel home sick :( Missing home after seeing your Dalma post .... Perfectly done Dalma

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  11. Dalma looks super comforting and satisfying, lovely..

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  12. very new and interesting dish and quite healthy too with veggies and dal

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  13. Interesting dish and sounds easy to make. Pressure cook and temper, you have a healthy dish.

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  14. Very interesting, unique and innovative recipe. Looks delicious and yummy.

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  15. The title got me interested, thanks so much for showcasing the food of Orissa, I must try this as it looks very easy & has all commonly available ingredients :)

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  16. Sounds interesting and delicious

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  17. New to me,healthy and tempting curry

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  18. Very nice recipe...very healthy too...

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  19. very delicious and flavourful curry..

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  20. Yum Deepa, that looks like a comfort food and something that reminds you of home, love the curry :)

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  21. Looks really good! I would love to have this with idli or even paratha! Have a lovely weekend!

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  22. Wow! It makes a good side dish for almost anything! Yummy...

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  23. Healthy & yummy authentic dish!!!! Nice blend of veggies too ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  24. healthy and yummy...first time here..and i like your blog a lot...following you now

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  25. Dalma is one of my favourites anytime...looks delicious.

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  26. This looks ravishing and interesting.

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  27. Yum! Looks flavorful and delicious:)

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  28. Deepa, you have been tagged in a game, please visit my space to find out the details.

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  29. Tumi onekdin amar blog e ashona. Last tinte recipe te tomar comment paini. Ki bepar bujhlam na. Bondhuke bhule gele naki?

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  30. I have heard of Dalma but never had it. Thanks much for sharing the recipe. The sound of it makes me think if Bengali Lau Dal.. same kind of spices and almost same ingredients. A very hearty comfort food indeed.

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  31. Never heard of this dish .. but looks good and sounds tasty.

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  32. Woww. classic and delicious recipe.. looks awesome :)
    Indian Cuisine

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