19/10/2015

DHOKAR DALNA (A TRADITIONAL BENGALI VEGETARIAN DISH (CHANA DAL KOFTA CURRY OR BENGAL GRAM LENTIL'S CAKE SIMMERED IN FLAVOURFUL GRAVY.)




Dhokar Dalna' is a traditional  Bengali  vegetarian dish, is made with cholar dal (in bengali), chana dal or bengal gram lentil.
It is diamond  shaped chana dal koftas or bengal gram lentil's cake simmered in flavourful  gravy.It is a pure vegan or satvik dish as it does not contain onion, garlic  or any orher dairy based product.
If you ask the reason behind the ame of this dish,I will say that ..No Idea.Dhoka means in Bengali or in Hindi is to cheat  someone ..I do not have any idea how does this dish cheat someone? Jokes apart..now we will see the step by method of Dhokar Dalna.First we will learn the methods of Fried  Dhoka or Chana Dal Koftas or Lentil's Cake.
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Author - Moumita 
Preparation Time - 15 Minutes 
Soaking Time - 10 hours 
Cooking Time - 20 Minutes 
Servings - 2 
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INGREDIENTS 

1.2 cup bengal gram dal (cholar dal),
1bay leaf,
1 tsp ginger paste,
1 tsp cumin  powder,
1 tsp coriander powder,
1 tsp turmeric powder,
1tsp chilli powder,
Potatoe-1 (cut into medium  cubes)[optional]
1tsp ghee,
1/2 sp garam masala powder,
1tsp cumin seeds,
1/2 cup oil ( preferrably mustard oil )
Salt to taste

METHODS OF MAKING FRIED DHOKA OR CHANA DAL KOFTA OR BENGAL GRAM LENTIL'S CAKE 

Soak chana dal in water overnight.

Drain the water and grind it with chilli and salt to make a paste,add water if required,

Heat oil in kadai,add 1/4 tsp cumin seeds and ginger paste mixed with little bit water

Add dal paste and 1/4th turmeric powder and stir it,cook it until the mix comes off the sides clean.

Take it out on a plate,pat lightly with your hands to form a flat base.let it be cool.

Cut it into diamond shape and deep fry till golden brown on both sides.Please be sure they do not break.

Your Dhoka  or Chana Dal Kofta  is ready to serve.
You can have  some fried dhoka. It taste yummy.Now we will see the method of making Dhokar Dalna..or Purely Vegan Flavourful Gravy of This Dhoka or Chana Dal Kofta or Bengal Gram lentil's cake.




METHOD OF MAKING  DALNA OR A FLAVOURFUL GRAVY OF DHOKA OR CHANA DAL KOFTA OR BENGAL GRAM LENTIL'S CAKE 

Heat oil in a kadai,

Fry potato ( cut into cubes) till golden brown,remove,keep aside,

Temper the oil with bay leaf and remaining cumin seeds,

Make a paste mix with ginger paste,coriander powder,cumin powder, remaining turmeric powder and chilli powder,add this paste to kadai and fry the masala at low heat,

Add the potatoes and 1 cup of water,add salt to taste, add sugar...when the water starts  boiling. .simmer  the gas and cover with lid.  and cook it until potatoes are done,

Remove lid..and add ghee and garam masala,and gently mix,

Gently add fried dhoka or chana dal koftas,  simmer  the gas for couple of minutes to let the dhoka soak up the water.

your dhokar dalna (chana dal kofta curry) is ready to serve.Serve it with hot steamed rice ot it also goes well with Roti ,,chapati,paratha or luchi  or poori.





4 comments:

  1. khub bhalo hoeche...amio banai majhe sajhe

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    1. Thanks dear..amar khub bhalo lage..tobe meye r bor ato pochondo korena..

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  2. This s new to me..looks flavorful and yum

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