Yesterday, I had prepared Mooga Dalma for lunch. Mooga dalma is prepared with roasted Moong dal that gives a nice aromatic flavor. There are many versions of Dalma, it tastes different with different ingredients to it. This is one of the well known and popular Dalma recipe for its aromatic flavor and taste. It uses only one dal. Lets now, have a look at the recipe.
Moong Dal: 1 cup (roasted moong dal)
Potato: 1 large cut into chunks
Pumpkin: 1 cup cut into chunks
Arvi/Saru: 3 medium cut into chunks
EggPlant: 1 medium cut in chunks
tomato: 1 cut into 4 pieces
Ghee: 2 tsp
Paanch Phutan: 1 tbsp(cumin,fennel,fenugreek,mustard,kalounji/black seeds)
Dry red chili: 2
Water: 2 cups
Ginger: 1 inch grated
Turmeric : 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Roasted Cumin Red Chili Powder: 2 tsp.
In a deep bottom pot dry roast the Mung Dal for 2-3 mins till beautiful aroma comes out. Roasted Moog dal is available in market in Odisha.
Remove from heat and let it cool down. In a pressure cooker, add dal and vegetables, add water, turmeric and salt. Cook in medium flame. After the first whistle, turn off the cooker and let it cool by itself. In another tampering pan add ghee, add Paanch Phutan, red chili, ginger and add the tampering mixture to the cooked dal. Finally add the roasted cumin and red chili powder and serve hot garnishe with coriander leaves.
A typical meal would have rice, dalma, tomato khata, and some kind of dry subji.