Dalma is a famous traditional, vegetarian recipe prepared in Odisha. Whatever is the occasion Dalma is must in an Odia kitchen. It is a very simple and 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. It is an ideal recipe for puja festivals as there is no use of onion and garlic.

Dalma Recipe 

Dalma RecipeServing-  4person

Preparation time- 15min

Cooking time- 30min

Course- side dish

Cooking level- medium


Ingredients for dalma:-

  1. Arhar dal – 75gm
  2. Chana dal- 75gm
  3. Vegetables cut into medium pieces-

Potato- 2 cups

Brinjal- 3/4cup

Raw banana- 3/4cup

Pumpkin- 1cup

Papaya- 3/4cup

  1. Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  2. Ginger paste- 2tsp
  3. Grated Coconut- ½ cup
  4. Pancha-phoran (Mustard, Fennel, Cumin, Fenugreek) seed-2tsp
  5. Dry Red Chillies- 5
  6. Cumin – 3tsp
  7. Ginger paste
  8. Turmeric
  9. Salt- as per taste
  10. Ghee or Oil



  • Soak the dals for atleast 30mins before cooking.
  • Take 3tsp cumin seeds and 2 red chilies and roast it in a dry pan. Grind it into fine powder.
  • In a large pan take about 6 cups of water and boil it. Add the dals to it. Also add ginger paste, turmeric powder, grated coconut and salt to taste. Cover the dal and boil until it is half cooked.
  • Then add the pieces of vegetables to the dal and cover the pan till the vegetables are tender.
  • In another pan, take 2tsp oil and add the pancha-phoran. After the seeds crackle, add the remaining 2 red chillies.
  • Finally add the boiled dal and vegetable mixture to it slowly. Cover and cook for 5mins and then sprinkle the cumin and red chilli powder over it.
  • Garnish with grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and fried red chillies.

Try this irresistible, delicious dalma recipe with basmati rice,  or parantha.



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