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Dhokar Dalna

Asiya Omar
240 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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Traditional delicious bengali recipe.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Hard
  • Everyday
  • West Bengal
  • Side Dishes
  • Egg Free

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. For Lentil Cakes:
  2. 1/2 Cups Bengal Gram Lentils / Chana Dal 1/4 Cup matar Dal/ Split Peas Dal
  3. 2 tbsp Grated coconut
  4. 1 tsp ginger Paste
  5. 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  6. 1 tsp Onion Seeds
  7. 1-2 Green Chili Chopped
  8. 1/2 tsp turmeric Powder
  9. 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  10. salt to taste
  11. oil to fry
  12. For Curry:
  13. 1 potato Medium size (cut into cubes)
  14. 1 Tomato(chopped)
  15. 1 Cup coconut Milk (lightly thicken)
  16. 1/4 Cup Grated coconut
  17. 2 tsp ginger paste
  18. a big pinch asafoetida
  19. 1 tsp cumin Seeds
  20. 1 Bay Leaf
  21. 1 Green chilli Slit
  22. 1-2 tsp cumin Powder
  23. 1-2 tsp Garam masala Powder
  24. 1/2 tsp Red Chili powder
  25. half - 1 tsp turmeric Powder
  26. 2 tbsp Cashew raisins Paste
  27. salt to taste
  28. 2 tbsp oil for gravy(Mustard oil preferable)


  1. Soak the channa dal and mattar dal for 4 hrs, then without water coarsely grind it in a blender and keep aside.
  2. Mix all the dhoka spices into batter mix well. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a Kadai. Add asafoetida . Add batter, stir continuously until batter turns into a dough and leaves the bottom of the kadai.
  3. Then grease the plate with oil, spread the dough evenly on the plate and keep aside.
  4. After few minutes cut into Burfi Style.
  5. Then fry this and keep aside. I only shallow fried this.
  6. Peel and Cut potato into cubes, Fry potato cubes with oil, little turmeric powder and salt, fry till golden brown and keep aside.
  7. Heat oil in kadai.add asofoetida,cumin seeds,bay leaves. Add slitted green chili to it. Add Ginger paste fry little. Add chopped tomato again fry.
  8. Add all dry spices like red chili powder,cumin powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder. Fry for a while until oil comes out.
  9. Add grated coconut and coconut milk mix them. Add cashew raisins paste and mix well.
  10. Add fried potato cubes and mix well.Add warm water and adjust seasoning.Bring into boil. (curry will be little medium consistency)
  11. Add fried dhoka or lentil cakes.Here check the salt to taste.
  12. Sprinkle little garam masala powder,cover and switch off the gas.
  13. Dhokar dalna is ready to serve. Serve with plain steamed rice and hot rasam.
  14. Delicious and packed full of flavors.

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Milli Garg
Milli Garg   Apr-24-2018

Deliciously amazing!

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