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Dalma (डालमा)


Dalma (डालमा) is a odiya comforting and nutritious food ; with a combination of lentils and mixed vegetables which is elevated with ghee , ginger and coconut. It is a traditional recipe that is prepared in earthern vessel and is also a temple food which is enjoyed with rice.

Regional Dish:  Orissa.

Cuisine Style: Orissa | Cooking Time 30 mins | Take it with rice/ roti | Type Curry| Shelf Life: 1 day| Quantity: 6 Servings.

Appx. Nutritional values calculated for 1 serving:

Calories (80Kcal), Carbohydrates (12g), Protein (1g), Fat (10g)


  • 3/4 cup: Toor dal ( red gram dal)
  • 150 gms: Red Pumpkin cut into big pieces
  • 2 no: Medium Sized Brinjal cut into medium size pieces
  • 1 no: Green Banana cut into medium size pieces
  • 150 gms: Green Papaya cut into medium size pieces
  • 1 no: Medium Sized Potato, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 2 tsp.: Fresh Grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp.: Pancha-phutana (Cumin Seed, Mustard Seed, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek Seed, Kala Jeera)
  • 4 no: Dry Red Chilies
  • 1 tbsp.: Ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp.: Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp.: Cumin seed
  • 2 tsp.: Red Chili powder
  • 1 tsp.: Ghee or Oil
  • 1/2 tsp.: Sugar
  • Salt to taste


  1. Roast 1 tsp. of cumin and red chili in a pan till light brown.
  2. Grind it together and keep it aside.
  3. Boil 4 cups of water in the pressure cooker and add all vegetables (potato, banana, pumpkin, brinjal and papaya) and cook for 10 minutes without putting on the whistle
  4. Add dal into this boiling vegetable, salt, minced ginger, turmeric and pressure cook it for 2 whistles (If cooking without a Pressure Cooker, it should be cooked till the Dal is completely cooked)
  5. Heat Ghee/Cooking Oil in a pan. Add  panch-phutana  once they pop, add 2 red chillies and then add it to the cooked dal and vegetables.
  6. Sprinkle roasted cumin and chili powder.
  7. Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves
  8. Serve with hot steam rice.

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