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Dalma the lentil stew

Dalma from Odisha

Winter perfect lentil stew
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dish, sidedish, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Odisha, One pot, Pressure cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 6 people
Calories 126 kcal


lentil cooking

  • 1/2 cup tur dal
  • 3 cups drinking water

vegetables needed

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin diced
  • 1/4 cup raw banana diced
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 medium drumstick
  • 1 cup drinking water
  • 1 large Tomato

for tempering

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Nigella seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seed
  • 2 medium dry red chillies
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut

for the masala

  • 2 bayleaves
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ginger root grated
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder


  • Wash and soak the tur dal for 20 minutes and then pressure cook the same till soft and pulpy. Release the pressure naturally and mash the dal ready to go.
  • Wash and dice the pumpkin, the potato, the tomato and the raw banana. Keep them separate.
  • Cut the drumsticks as an inch and a half long pieces.
  • In a large pan add the oil and the ingredients for tempering except for the coconut
  • Add in the coconut once the ingredients have started to splutter and roast it for a couple of minutes till aromatic.
  • You can remove this and set it aside to add in later, but I continued.
  • Add the tomatoes, the bay leaf, the ginger, roasted cumin powder and turmeric powder.
  • Saute for a couple of minutes till pulpy and then add the cut vegetables.
  • Add a cup of water, salt to taste and bring it to cook the vegetables
  • Add the cooked tur dal and continue till the dal is well incorporated. check the salt levels and it ready.
  • Serve with a steaming hot plate of rice.


Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 49mgPotassium: 388mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2g
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