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Dalcha Recipe, Hyderabad

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Fast Facts

South Indian recipe A lentil preparation Can either be a vegetarian or non-vegetarian

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Did You Know

Kaddu is used for preparing vegetarian dalcha Meat is used for making non-vegetarian dalcha


    Main Ingredients-
  • Bengal gram pulses
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Powdered jaggery
  • Tamarind

Dalcha is a traditional South Indian recipe having its origin in Hyderabad. Dalcha, essentially a lentil preparation can either be vegetarian using pumpkin as the main constituent, or non-vegetarian using meat. This recipe is cooked regularly in most homes.


The ingredients for preparing ‘dalcha’ include:

  • 200 gm Bengal gram pulses
  • 250 gm pumpkin, chopped into small pieces*
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp garlic-ginger paste
  • 1 tsp of powdered jaggery
  • 1 tsp of shazira
  • 1 tsp of tamarind extract
  • ½ tsp of turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp of red chili powder
  • ½ tsp of garam masala powder
  • Few curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

*For preparing non-vegetarian dalcha use 250 gm of meat cut into small pieces.

Preparing Dalcha

  • Wash the Bengal gram pulses well and put it to boil;
  • Thereafter grind it to a paste to which add tamarind extract and water to make a broth; keep it aside;
  • Fry pumpkin pieces and onion in oil in a deep pan;
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garlic-ginger paste and salt; then stir;
  • Then add the tomato pieces;
  • Pour water and thereafter allow it to boil on medium heat for 10 minutes;
  • Pour the lentil broth into the pan, add green chilies, shazira, powdered jaggery and garam masala;
  • Boil for about 5 minutes
  • Serve ‘dalcha’ hot.

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