Dalma is a famous traditional recipe prepared in Odisha. Whatever is the occasion Dalma is must in an Odia kitchen. It is a very  healthy recipe providing almost all the nutrients required for a balanced meal. It is among the 56 food items (Mahaprasad) offered to Lord Jagannath in the temple of Puri,as there is no use of onion  and  garlic.

Here I have cooked dalma using   with arhar  dal,chana dal and few vegetables..you can cook using any dal and vegetables...choosing  dal and vegetabler are upto you...whatever  dal and vegetables you like,you can choose.

Here three ingredients are important. ..pachphoron, grated coconut and powder of cumin seeds or jeera and  dry red chilli).So do not forget to put these  three  ingredients.

Pachphoron  is the famous  spices in Bengali  and Odiya cuisin.. In Odissa...it is called Pachphutana....All of the spices in panch phoron are seeds. Typically, panch phoron consists offenugreek seed (methi ) , nigella seed , cumin seed , black mustard seed and fennel seed  in equal parts.We do tempering  oil with it to make some dal,sabji etc.


Arhar or Toor dal -1/2cup
Chana or Bengal Gram or Cholar dal-1/2cup
Papita (Raw Papaya) – 1/4 th of a small  papaya(cut into cubes )
Potato-1(cut into cubes )
Brinjal – 1/2(cut into cubes )
Drumstick -1(cut into 2"long strips)
Beans – 1/2cup (cut into strips)
Pumpkin – 1/2cup (cut into cubes)
Parwal-(2cut into cubes )
Turai or Ridgegourd -1/2 (cut into cubes )
Tomato -1 (cut into slices)
Pachphoron -(take 1/4tsp of each Mustard seeds, Fennel seeds(Sounf) , Fenugreek seeds (methi),Cumin seeds  (jeera) and Kalonji or Nigella seeds or Kalojeera )
Jeera (Cumin Seed)- 2tsp
Turmeric Powder – 2tsp
Grated Coconut - 1/2cup
Bay Leaf -2 pc
Dry Chili– 2pc
Vegetable oil – 3tbsp
Ghee or Clarified  butter -2tsp
Salt) – as per taste-


Wash the vegetables thoroughly.
Soak the dal in water for about 1 hr.
Fry 3 tsp cumin seed and 2 pc dry chili slightly, then make a fine powder out of it, keep aside.
 Dry roast coconut and set aside.
Boil 5 cups of water in a deep pan. Add the dal, turmeric powder,chilli powder and ginger and cook it.
After 5 minutes add the vegetables to it. Add salt.
When the vegetables are half cooked add the tomato pieces.
Cook it till everything is well cooked.
Remove from gas .
Heat oil in a deep pan.
When hot add the mustard seed, cumin seed, bay leaf and dry chili..let them  splutter.
Add the onion slices, fry it till turns golden brown.
Add the boiled dal and vegetable mixture to it slowly.
Cover it and cook for 5 minutes.
Finally sprinkle the cumin chili powder mix and coconut  on it.
Remove from flame Serve hot with rice or roti.


  1. Delicious dal, would love to try this different version..

    1. Thanks dear...It was the first time I tried it . taste was too good

  2. similar to south Indian sambar,lookks healthy n yumm .

    1. Thanks dear...I also was thinking the same while cooking it...