Dalma is a simple comforting daal from Orrisa. I made it for the Orrisa Thali and it ranked 5 stars from the family. The daal is very nutritious, as it is loaded with veggies. Now you have the option of using the veggies of your choice, though the most popular are Brinjal, raw plantain, raw papaya.and pumpkin. I used drum sticks as I did read about them in a couple of recipes.The most interesting part of the daal is the spice powder, it enhances the taste and gives it a real nice aroma. I even liked the tempering of this daal, ghee definitely makes it rich, yet comforting. we do have a choice to use mustard oil, but I preferred ghee.
I have added this daal to my routine menu and trust me everyone simply enjoys it, give it a try I am sure you will agree with me.

Serves : 4
Recipe source : The Veggie Platter


3/4 cup pigeon pea dal
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 cups mix vegetables
(Potato and pumpkin to be cut into medium sized cubes. )
( Drumsticks to be cut into one inch pieces)
1 tsp ginger paste
Salt to taste
1 tbs fresh shredded coconut


1 tsp ghee
2 tsp paanch poran

Spice powder

2 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 whole red chilly
Dry roast the cumin and chillies.
Pound them.


Was and soak the dal for 30 minutes, boil with 4 cups of water, turmeric and ginger.
Pressure cook for 1 whistle. Let the pressure release. Open the pressure cooker and add all the vegetables.
Let cook till soft and tender.
Add shredded coconut.
Heat ghee add the paanch poran, let the seeds crackle and temper the dal.
Sprinkle the roasted cumin and chili powder.
Garnish with coriander.
Serve hot with rice.

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