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Dalma Dish, Orissa

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Fast Facts

Dalma is a traditional recipe of Orissa.

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Did You Know

Dalma is a popular Oriyan cuisine. It is also prepared by Bengalis.


    Main Ingredients-
  • Toor dal
  • Channa dal
  • Pumpkin
  • Brinjal
  • Banana
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Grated Coconut
  • Sugar

Dalma is a traditional dish of Orissa. It is a kind of dal which contains nutritious vegetables like papaya, brinjal and some others. If you do not know how to cook, then venturing out with Dalma would be great. It is easy to prepare and at the same time consists of essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals present in vegetables.

Dalma Recipe 


  • Toor dal or arhar dal and channa dal
  • Cut pieces of vegetables (Pumpkin, Brinjal, Banana, Papaya, Potato)
  • Grated Coconut
  • Pancha-phoran (Mustard, Kala Jeera, Fennel, Cumin, Fenugreek) seed
  • Dry Red Chilies
  • Red Chili powder
  • Ginger paste
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin, fried
  • Ghee or Oil
  • Sugar
  • Salt to taste

How to Prepare Dalma

  • At first, cumin seeds and red chilies are roasted in a dry pan and grinded to powder.
  • In a pan, about 4 cups of water is boiled and dals are added to it. With dals, ginger paste, turmeric, sugar, grated coconut and salt are also poured into it. Dal is covered until it is half cooked.
  • Then, pieces of vegetables are also added to dal and the pan is covered until the vegetables are tender.
  • In another pan, little oil is taken and pancha-phoran is added. After the seeds crackle, pinch of red chili powder. This is also added to the cooked dal.
  • Finally, the dal is garnished with coriander leaves and served with steamed rice.

Tip: The recipe of Dalma can also be prepared with moong dal.

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