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Odia Dalma Recipe

Dalma is a traditional and healthy dish from the Indian state of Odisha. Dalma is a combination of mixed vegetables and lentils tempered with panch phoran masala and garnished with coconut and coriander leaves.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Calories 1759 kcal
Author Puja


  • 1 cup Toor Dal washed and soaked
  • 1/2 cup Raw Banana peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Raw Papaya peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Pointed Gourd cleaned and diced
  • 1/2 cup Potato peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Yam peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Beans cut into 2-inch size
  • 1/2 cup Raddish peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Brinjal diced
  • 1/2 cup Carrot diced
  • 1 Tomato small, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 no Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Sugar optional
  • Salt to taste

To make Powder

  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds optional
  • 5-6 nos Dry Red Chilli
  • 3-4 nos Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 no Black Cardamom

To Temper

  • 1 tsp Panch Phoran
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • 2 tsp Ginger grated or crushed
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • 2 tbsp Ghee

to garnish

  • Coriander Leaves a handful, finely chopped


  1. Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper, fenugreek seeds, dry red chili, cloves, cinnamon stick, and black cardamom.

  2. Now grind them in a grinder jar to a coarse powder.

  3. Clean and soak dal for 30 minutes.

  4. Clean, wash and cut vegetables.

  5. Now in a pressure cooker add soaked dal, all the vegetables along with turmeric powder, bay leaf, and salt. (If you want you can add a tsp of sugar)

  6. Add water as needed and cook in a pressure cooker on a medium fire.

  7. Open the pressure cooker once all the pressure has been released. The dal should be well cooked but veggies should not be mushy and should hold their shape. Add up to 1 cup of water if you feel the dal is dry or thick.

  8. Add the roasted powder and let it boil.

  9. Now add grated coconut and mix.

  10. Now heat ghee in a pan, add hing followed by panch phoran, dry red chilli and allow the spices to sizzle in ghee for few seconds.

  11. Now add ginger and fry for few seconds.

  12. Now add this tempering to the cooked lentils and vegetables and simmer it for a couple of minutes.

  13. Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.

  14. Serve the delicious Dalma with steamed rice topped with a dollop of ghee.

Recipe Notes

Panch phoran is the special blend of 5 spice mix used in Odia Cusine. It has equal quantities of Cumin seeds(jeera), Mustard Seeds(rai), Fennel Seeds(saunf), Fenugreek Seeds(methi dana) and Onion seeds / Nigella (Kalonji)
The more the vegetables you add, the dalma becomes wholesome and delicious. But if you do not find all the vegetables, you can still make dalma with whatever vegetables you have.
Do not skip the roasted powder seasoning as it adds a good flavor to this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Odia Dalma Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1759 Calories from Fat 765
% Daily Value*
Fat 85g131%
Saturated Fat 57g356%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 463mg20%
Potassium 3411mg97%
Carbohydrates 211g70%
Fiber 60g250%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 64g128%
Vitamin A 17561IU351%
Vitamin C 157mg190%
Calcium 445mg45%
Iron 25mg139%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.