Home / Recipes / Dalcha

Photo of Dalcha by Shaziya Mirza at BetterButter


Shaziya Mirza
120 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
Read Instructions Save For Later


Dalcha is originally a Hyderabadi dish made with meat and chana dal. I have used here other dal also to give a unique flavour!! Baghaar of ghee and charcoal gives it an another aromatic flavour.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Dinner Party
  • Others
  • Telangana
  • Pressure Cook
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish
  • Low Carbs

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. For stew:
  2. Mutton - 1/2 kg(meat with bones)
  3. Onion - 1(thinly sliced)
  4. Tomatoes - 2(finely chopped)
  5. Coriander powder -1 tsp
  6. Red chilly powder -1/2 tsp
  7. Haldi / turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp
  8. Ginger, garlic& jeera paste - 3 tsp (add 1\2 tsp jeera while grinding ginger garlic )
  9. Whole Spices:
  10. Cloves-3
  11. Cardamom- 3
  12. Bay leaf -1 nos.
  13. Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Oil - tbsp
  16. For Dal:
  17. Chana dal -1/2 cup
  18. Whole green moong - 1/4th cup
  19. Whole masoor - 1/4 th cup
  20. (Wash and soak all dals for 2 hours)
  21. Haldi -1 tsp
  22. Salt - to taste
  23. Oil - 1tbsp
  24. Garlic - 6 cloves(peeled and thinly sliced)
  25. Jeera -1/2 Tsp
  26. Cinnamon -1/2 inch piece
  27. Bay leaf - 1 nos
  28. For dal masala:
  29. Whole Spices:
  30. Bay leaf - 1 big
  31. Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  32. Jeera - 1tsp
  33. Coriander(whole) -2 tsp
  34. Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  35. Khatayi/tamarind paste/kokum paste -1 tsp or as per preference
  36. For baghaar:
  37. Onion - 1 nos.
  38. Ghee -3 tbsp
  39. Whole red chilly - 3-4 nos


  1. Dry roast whole spices of dal masala and powder it.
  2. In a pressure cooker boil chana dal, whole moong, whole masoor with enough water, oil, sliced garlic, salt, turmeric powder and whole spices of Dal. Cook till it becomes soft.Do not overcook.
  3. In another pressure cooker heat 2 tbsp oil, add in whole spices, sliced onions and cook till it turns golden brown. Add ginger garlic jeera paste and cook till nice aroma comes. Add chopped tomatoes and cook on a low flame till it becomes soft.
  4. Add mutton pieces, spice powders, salt and saute for 3-5 minutes on high flame.Now lower the flame and cook till oil seperates.Close the cooker and cook till the meat becomes soft.(around 2-3 whistle.) Do not over cook.
  5. In another vessel remove the cooked dal and mutton stew. Put on the flame and stir continuously. Add tamarind/kokum paste, dal masala powder, mix it well and switch off.
  6. Heat 3 tbsp ghee and fry onions till golden brown.Add whole red chilly. Pour this seasoning over it.
  7. Heat charcoal. Put the charcoal in a small bowl and place it over dalcha. Pour ghee on it and cover the vessel. Enjoy your dalcha with jeera rice.

Reviews (5)  

How would you rate this recipe? Please add a star rating before submitting your review.

Submit Review
Gillian Fry
Gillian Fry   Nov-30-2020

Wow! This book has been bought the most and has been demanded even after the racks have been purchased according to BBQ service this book has like brought back the young feelings. The most shocking news is that teenagers have bought this book mostly.

Eleanor Loera
Eleanor Loera   Sep-26-2020

Really delicious recipes updates always I found and these really works as well. I already make few recipes on behalf of your suggestions these are really good and easy to make. Thank you for the wise AssignmentGeek update and keep posting more recipes here.

Similar Recipes

A password link has been sent to your mail. Please check your mail.