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Dalma Recipe

Dalma Recipe

Dalma (Odia: ଡାଲମା) is a popular lentil-based dish from Odisha, India. It is made with a combination of lentils, vegetables, and spices, and is typically served as a side dish with rice, roti, puri, chakuli, kakara, etc. This recipe will guide you through the process of making a delicious and authentic Odia dalma.

Ingredients for Dalma:

  1. 1 cup of toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  2. 1 cup of mixed vegetables (such as potatoes, carrots, and bottle gourd)
  3. 1 onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1iinch ginger, finely chopped
  6. 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  7. 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  8. 1 tsp of red chili powder
  9. 1 tsp of cumin powder
  10. 1 tsp of coriander powder
  11. 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  12. 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  13. 2-3 dried red chilies
  14. A pinch of asafetida
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Oil for cooking


  • Rinse the toor dal in water and pressure cook it with 2 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric powder until it becomes soft and mushy.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dried red chilies, and asafetida. Once the seeds start to crackle, add chopped onions, ginger, and garlic. Fry until golden brown.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and stir well. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through.
  • Add the cooked dal and mix well.
  • Add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Simmer the dalma for 10-15 minutes or until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve the dalma with Steamed Rice, Roti, Luchi, Kakara, Chakuli Pitha, or Chuda Santula, and enjoy your meal.

Note: You can adjust the spice level according to your preference and You can use any lentil of your choice like moong dal, masoor dal, etc.

Delicious Dalma Image shared by Tapas Ranjan

In conclusion, Dalma is a delicious and flavorful dish lentil-based dish from Odisha, India. This recipe provides a step-by-step guide to making an authentic and delicious Odia dalma and it is easy to prepare and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Give this recipe a try and you will not be disappointed.

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