17 Jan Oriya Dalma (no onion, no garlic)
Oriya Dalma is a traditional dish from Orissa. A combination of lentils and vegetables. What is Dal Baati to Rajasthan & Litti chokha to Bihar, is Dalma to Orissa. In Orissa, no feast is complete without this dish. So much so that it is part of Puri Mahaprasad. Legend has it that dalma was a gift from the Savaras, the strongest tribe in ancient Orissa, who were the first to discover & worship Lord Jagannath. This is a sathwik recipe that uses no onion and no garlic. hence it is the most suitable on few special days when you don’t eat onion and garlic.
Oriya dalma is such an easy & nutritious dish that even bachelors, students and those who cook for the first time can easily attempt it. The humble flavours and aroma makes it an awesome dish to fall in love with. And lastly, it tastes heavenly with Rice.
Though Dalma is popular in Oriyan cuisine, it is also popular among Bengalis as well.
- 1/2 cup mung dal / tur dal ( I used Mung dal)
- 1/3 cup each mixed vegetables cut into big chunks (Yellow pumpkin, beans, carrot, potato, brinjal, raw banana, etc)
- 1 big tomato or 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 tbsp ginger grated
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 3 dry red chillies
- salt to taste
- For tempering
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 broken red chillies
- Pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- Wash and drain the dal. Soak for 10 minutes if possible, though not mandatory.
- In a pressure cooker, add the dal, grated ginger and the vegetables.
- Add 2 cups water.
- Keep the whole tomatoes in a cup / plate above the vegetables.
- Close the cooker and cook for 3 whistles.
- Switch off and allow to cool.
- In the meantime, dry roast cumin and red chillies and pound in mortar and pestle / pulse in a mixer.
- Open the cooker crush the tomatoes with hand and add to the dal.
- Add the coarsely ground powder and salt.
- Add more water if required, mix well and boil on a low flame for few minutes.
- Add the oil in a kadai, add cumin, red chillies and hing. Let them sizzle.
- Pour the tadka on the dal and serve hot with rice.
- You can use ghee for tempering, if you prefer.
- You can use more / any vegetable of your choice.
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