It is a traditional dish of Ordisha. It is cooked with lots of Vegetables. Different types of vegetables can be added like Raw banana, Raw papaya, Radish, Drum sticks....There are different variations of Dalma. I made this according to the recipe given by the lady who workers in my house . One of the FB food group member Ritu Pattnaik Mohanty told me that in temples they use whole green cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and crushed ginger while boilng the vegetables and dal , seasoned with panch phutan and red chilly or whole jeera and red chilly and finally sprinkled with roasted jeera red chilly powder and grated coconut. I made few changes in the ingredients.
1 cup Toor dal (Yellow pigeon peas) soaked for 30 minutes
1 Potato cut into medium size cubes
2 small Brinjals cut into medium size cubes
Yam peeled and cut into medium size cubes around 6 pieces
Pumpkin cut into medium size cubes around 6 pieces
8 French beans cut into big pieces
1 Green chilli slit
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
4 tbsp Grated coconut
2 tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Panch Phoren (Fenugreek seeds,
Nigella seed, Cumin seed,Mustard seeds and Fennel seed mix in equal portion)
Pinch of Asafoetida
1 Dry Red chilli
In a heavy bottle pot add the dal, salt, turmeric powder and 6 cups of water. Boil the dal till 1/2 cooked. Add the vegetables and again boil the dal till the dal and the vegetables are cooked. Add ginger paste, coriander powder, garam masala powder, sugar and coconut. Boil the dal for another 10 minutes. In a small pan add ghee, heat the ghee add dry red chilli and Panch phoren. Let the Panch phoren crackle. Add a pinch of Asafoetida. Add the seasoning to the dal. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve it with hot rice or Roti.
P.S. Different types of vegetables can be added like Raw banana, Raw papaya, Radish, Drum sticks....There are different variations of Dalma. I made this according to the recipe given by the lady who workers in my house and I made few changes in the ingredients.