Delicious Dalma: A Soulful Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Warm greetings to all the food enthusiasts and culinary adventure out there! Today,we are delighted to bring you a delectable and traditional recipe from the heart of Indian-dalma! Dalma is a wholesome and flavorsome lentil and vegetables stew that hails from the beautiful state of odisha. This comforting dish is a celebration of regional flavor and simple ingredients, making it a perfect addition to your culinary repertoire. So, let’s dive into the wrald of spices, texture and aromos as we anravel the secrets of making the perfect Dalma!


. 1 cup pigeon peas (toor dal), soaked for 30 minutes

. 1/2 cup split chickpeas (chana dal), soaked for 30 minutes

. 2 medium size potatoes, peeled and cubed

. 1 cup chopped seasonal vegetables (carrots, beans, drumsticks, pumpkin, etc)

. 1 small eggplant, cubed

. 1 medium size tomato, finely chopped

. 1 tablespoon grated ginger

. 2 green chillies, slit

. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

. Salt to test

. 1 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil

. 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

. A pinch of asafoetida

. 4-5 dried curry leaves

. 1 dry red chilli

. 1 teaspoon coriander leaves

. Lemon wedges for garnish


  1. preparation: Rinse the soaked pigeon peas (toor dal) and split chickpeas(chana dal) thoroughly in cold water . Drin the water and set them aside.
  2. Boiling the Lentils: In a large pot or pressure cooker, combine the rinsed Lentils with 4 cup of water. Add turmeric powder, grated ginger, green chillies and a pinch of salt. Cook the Lentils until they are soft and well cooked. If using a pressure cooker, cook for about 3-4 whistle on medium heat. If using a pot, it might take around 30-40 minutes on medium low heat.
  3. Adding vegetables: add the chopped potatoes , raw banana, eggplant, and other seasonal vegetables of your choice to the cooked Lentils. Also add the chopped tomatoes. Mix everything well, cover the pot and let it simmer on medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Stir accasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom.
  4. Tempering: In a separate small pan, heat ghee or vegetable oil over medium heat. Add mustards seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, dried red chillies, and Curry leaves. Let the spices splutter and release their aroma.
  5. Finishing touch: Pour the tempered spices into the simmering lentil and vegetables mixture. Stir well to incorporate the flavors. Add salt as per test and adjust any seasoning if needed. Let the dalma simmer for a few minutes on low heat to allow the flavor to meld together.
  6. Garnish and serve: sprinkler freshly chopped coriander leaves over the dalma for a burst of freshness. Optionally, serve with lemon wedges on the side for those who freshness. Optionally, serve with lemon wedges on the side for those who prefer to a tangy twist.

conclusion: Dalma is more then just a dish: it’s a celebration of the rice culinary heritage and culture of odisha. With its wholesome ingredients and comforting flavors, Dalma is not just a treat for your test buds but also a nourishing meal that brings warmth and joy to your heart. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the aromas, and embark on a delightful culinary journey as you prepare this soulful lentil and vegetables stew. Happy cooking and bon appetite!


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