Sunday, August 8, 2010


Basically, I belong to Bhubaneswar and it is considered as city of temple. In Bhubaneswar 99% people don’t eat non veg and onion garlic on Monday and Thursday. Since Lingaraj temple is in Bhubaneswar and Monday is day of Lord Shiva. That is why in each and every home you will find this dish.

Orissa’s entire big temple also serves this as Prasad. This is also a very health recipe with lots of protein and vitamins since it is cooked with a dal and lots of variety vegetables.

So here is the recipe:


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

Serving: 4-6 persons


Red Gram Dal (Toor Dal)-2 cup (Washed and soaked for ½ an hour)

Salt-to taste

Tej Patta-1

Grated ginger-1 tsp

Turmeric Powder-1 tsp


Brinjal-1 (Cut in big pieces nearly 3”-4” inch)

Red pumpkin-1/2 cup (Cut in big pieces 2”-3”inch)

Potato-2 (Cut in Big pieces 2”-3”inch)

Other vegetables-2 cup (Cut in big pieces like flat beans,Tindala,cluster beans, french beans, carrot etc- 1”-2”inch)

Green Banana-1(Cut in big pieces) this is optional

Dalamma masala

Dry Red Chilies-5-6

Cumin seed-4tsp

Black pepper-1tsp

For Seasoning


Mustard seed-1 tsp

Fenugreek seed-1/2 tsp

Cumin Seed-1/2 tsp

Red Dry Chilies-2

For Garnish

Coriander leaves

Grated Coconut-1/4 cup Optional


• Take a wide mouth pan and put the soaked red gram dal in this.

• Put in medium flame and allow it to boil.

• Cook the dal till it is half cooked.

• Then add all vegetables into dal, except egg plant, along with turmeric powder, tej patta and salt.

• When the dal and vegetables get cooked then add egg plant and grated ginger

• Cook for 2-3 minutes or till egg plant get tender.

• Remove it from flame.

• Now it is turn for masala preparation, heat another frying pan and put dry red chilies cumin seed and black pepper in this.

• Dry roast all this till cumin seeds change its color.

• Remove it from flame and allow it to get cool down.

• Grind this powder granular in mixer.

• Add this powder to dal.

• For seasoning. In a pan heat ghee and add all seasoning items into it.

• Allow mustard seed to crack.

• Then put this seasoning on the top of dal.

• Garnish it with grated coconut and coriander leaves.

• Serve hot with rice or roti.


• Cooking toor dal in open pan will take little longer time. So if you want to make this dish faster you can use pressure cooker. In that case you have to cook dal first in cooker till it is half cooked.Then add all the vegetables and cook till vegetables are cooked.

• If you want to make this dal little less spicy then you can reduce pepper and chilies quantity in masala.

• If you are giving this dal to your toddler one then I would recommend you not to add egg plant in this since egg plant is not recommended to kids less than 2 years.

• Putting green banana is optional in this recipe because if you are putting green banana in this the color of dish will be little black. That is why if you want the dal to maintain as yellow color you can avoid putting green banana in this.


Mina Joshi said...

Hello Subhashini

Great recipe so healthy and filling too .

Thanks for visiting my blog. You two have two great blogs. Let's keep in touch!

Ms.Chitchat said...

A wonderful recipe. Aromatic comfort food.

Torviewtoronto said...

simple and delicious

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

Here in Bangalore there is a Oriya restaurant named Dalma and the dalma they serve there is out of this world. we go there again and again for the vegetarian thali. now will make this at home. bookmarked.

kitchen queen said...

lovely and tempting recipe

Unknown said...

that looks wonderful and what a complete looking dish, dal and veggies in the same one :)

Unknown said...

new recipe to me..looks very tempting....

? said...

We've had this from friends who belong to Bnswr; enough with rice!

Reeni said...

How very delicious! Love the pumpkin and potato in it!

Swathi said...

Dalamma looks delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very nice looking Dalamma. Must have tasted great as well.

Hamaree Rasoi

Nitha said...

Subhashini.. This is an interesting recipe dear..

Sanjeeta kk said...

Thanks for sharing this authentic regional recipe.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

completely a new n healthy def making it this week.

Madhu said... sure is healthy and filling. I will surely try this at home.

Suman Singh said...

totally different way of making those veggies in it..looks delicious..must try this version of dal...thanks for sharing this!

Sarah said...

That looks wonderful and what a complete looking dish, dal and veggies in the same one :)

Puja said...

thats a new n interesting recipe subhashini..

Urmi said...

Absolutely new and interesting dish for me. Looks delicious, spicy and tempting.

Gabby said...

How very delicious! Love the pumpkin and potato in it, thanx for posting.

Rachana said...

Such a delicious and a wholesome dish! Looks great!

Jenny said...

That is looking so delicious! I'd love to try this out. Thanks for the recipe.

Mariah said...

Thanks for the great recipe. I will try this.

jane said...

I just love DALAMMA, one of my fav dish. Thanks for the recipe.