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Bethica Das
10 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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It is a traditional and a delicious lentil preparation from the region of Odisha. It is unique in the sense that it is cooked with all the vegetables thus making it very healthy and nutritious. It can be relished either with rice or chapattis.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Orissa
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 3/4 cup Tuvar dal (split pigeon pea lentil)
  2. 1/4 of a medium raw papaya, chopped
  3. 1 potato, chopped
  4. 1 small radish, chopped
  5. 1/2 raw plantain, chopped
  6. 1 Onion, chopped
  7. 2 Bay Leaves
  8. 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  9. 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  10. 2 dry red chilies
  11. 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  12. 1 tsp. cumin powder
  13. 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  14. Salt to taste
  15. 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  16. 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  17. 1 tsp. ghee
  18. 1 tsp. fresh grated coconut
  19. 1 tsp. coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Pressure cook the dal along with all the chopped veggies, turmeric powder and 2 cups water for 2 whistles.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and temper with bay leaves, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and dry red chillies. After the spices stops spluttering, add the onion and ginger and saute till light brown.
  3. Add the boiled dal, cumin powder, salt and red chili powder. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. When done, add ghee and mix well. Garnish with fresh grated coconut and coriander leaves. Serve with hot steamed rice.

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