But dalma is different. It was never thought of in my mom's home in Punjab, but now dalma curry has become a regular there. After having tried out dalma the tradition way, it was high time I made the curry from Odisha. The courage I have got from recipes tried and tested by me several times was instrumental in helping me unlock the dalma recipe the way. Voila! I made it once and it was loved by Odiya hubby - which gave me the confidence to try it out again and again. Have I ever looked back at making dalma other than making it in a pressure cooker? Na, not even thought of doing so!
|dalma Odiya recipe way|
My Dalma ConnectionWhen I got married to an Odiya, I got to taste this unique blend of vegetables and lentils. I fell in love with the simple recipe, which is bursting with flavors and is full of health.
I must say it is one of the best ways to hide lentils in this curry and serve it to your fussy eaters. Nobody can say it is dal only.
|dalma lentil curry Odiya recipe|
I have also shared another Odiya recipe "bhaja santula," which is also a blend of green vegetables -
- Raw papaya
- Lauki (bottle gourd)
- Plantain/green banana
- Potol/Parwal (Pointed gourd)
- Ridge gourd/tori
Again, this santula bhaja is such a simple Odiya recipe, which is teeming with flavors and provides you a healthy blend of green vegetables. Enjoy it with dalma curry as a side dish or even sambar. I often make bhaja santula with simple dal or dalma.
|odiya recipe of dalma lentil curry|
|healthy lentil curry from Odisha dalma|
Often kids do not like to eat dal. Then there are a few vegetables that they run away from. So why not blend them all together and make DALMA - ODISHA's specialty? It's a real treat for your kids and enough to tempt your taste buds.
I am sure you will love DALMA for its sheer taste and health benefits, since all the vegetables are boiled. Enjoy dalma with boiled/fried rice or chapati/naan.
What's so unique about dalma?
- Quick to prepare
- Goes without any side dish
- Is perfect to enjoy with rice or roti or even chakuli - another of Odisha's specialty - a kind of dosa with fermented rice and urad dal batter
The addition of roasted jeera powder, coriander powder, and red chilly powder at the end is all you need to add the required flavor to the dalma curry.
Here's the dalma Odisha recipe:
Arhar daal - 1/2 cup
Beans, bottle gourd (lauki), raw papaya, plantain (raw banana) -1/4th cup each
Potato- 1 (optional)
1 bay leaf
Roasted cumin powder, coriander powder, and red chilly powder
How to make instant Dalma
Cut all the vegetables into small pieces and wash.
Take a 2- or 3-liter pressure cooker.
Start layering - first, place the dal at the bottom.
Drop one bay leaf as well.
Add one whole tomato (no need to cut it). You may add the tomato here or in the inner bowl that we will talk about next.
Add turmeric and little water enough to cover the vegetables. You do not want to flood the dal - add enough water that soaks all the ingredients.
Take another bowl that can easily fit in the cooker.
Pour the remaining water in that bowl.
Place this bowl above the vegetables,
Cover the lid with weight on (whistle).
Pressure cook on a high flame for 6 whistles.
Mix and check for salt. Add all the masala powders/
Gently mix. Enjoy awesome flavors in this wholesome curry.
Panch phoron (cumin seeds, nigella seeds, mustard seeds, fengureek seeds, yellow mustard seeds) - 1 tsp
Kashmir Red Chilly or degi mirch - 1
Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
coriander powder- 1/2tsp
Red chilly powder- as per your spice preference
You may add fresh coconut for a rich version of dalma. It tastes absolutely delicious with or without coconut. Do give this lip-smacking marriage of vegetables and lentils a try.