By Alka Jena  |  4th May 2017  |  
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About Dalma Recipe

This dish is basically prepared on auspicious occasions as it is prepared devoid of onion and garlic This dish can be made with onion also. I always prefer to make it without onion and garlic.

Dalma, a marvelous creation to spice up your day. The relishing flavours, the appealing texture and the amazing aroma of Dalma is just mouth-watering. This amazing recipe is provided by Alka Jena. Be it kids or adults, no one can resist this delicious dish. How to make Dalma is a question which arises in people's mind quite often. So, this simple step by step Dalma recipe by Alka Jena. Dalma can even be tried by beginners. A few secret ingredients in Dalma just makes it the way it is served in restaurants. Dalma can serve 4 people. So, the next time you have a get together or a party at home, don't forget to check and try out Dalma.


Ingredients to make Dalma

  • 1 cup Arhar dal
  • 2 medium potato
  • 1 brinjal
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 beans
  • 100 gms of pumpkin
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1inch ginger
  • 1 tbsp roasted cumin –dry chili powder(Fry 3 tsp cumin seed and 2 pc dry chili slightly, then make a fine powder out of it, keep aside)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • 2 to 3 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 tbsp of grated coconut
  • 1 bunch of coriander leaves

How to make Dalma

  1. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes.Wash the vegetables thoroughly; cut them into medium size pieces, cut beans into 2 inch long pieces.
  2. Transfer all the vegetables with the soaked dal to a pressure cooker along with 1 bay leaf, 1 inch crushed ginger, tomatoes, 2 to 3 cups of water or just enough to cover the vegetables and dal, 1 tsp turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Pressure cook till one whistle, lower the heat and allow it to remain on heat for another 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the gas and allow the pressure cooker to cool down.
  4. Heat ghee in a pan. when hot, add the cumin seeds and dry red chili.When it starts to splutter, add 1 tbsp roasted cumin and dry red chili powder.
  5. Add the boiled Dalma into it and immediately cover to trap the aroma of the Tadka. This is very essential.
  6. Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes on low heat, add sugar and check the seasoning. Sprinkle grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves to the Dalma.Serve hot with rice, roti, puri or paratha.

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