Odisha is gifted with many healthy dishes. Not only pitha (dumplings) and mitha(sweets) ,odisha has many authentic curry and pulao recipes which are equally healthy and soul satisfying. But sad that those dishes are yet to get considerable attention. Compared to other cuisine odiya cuisines use less oil, less spices but very favorable.
Few dishes are mostly associated with this state like chenapoda , chenna jhili, rasogolla, chena jilapi , chena mudki , santula and dalma. When you think about odisha, which food name usually comes to your mind ?? “Dalma” !! Dalma is the staple food of odisha. Among all the easy and healthy dishes , Dalma is considered as the lifeline of odisha .
Dalma is the comfort food for odiya people. For odiya people dalma is to Odisha what Undhiyo is to Gujarat or Pav Bhaji is to Mumbai . It is absolutely a fuss free recipe. Dalma is prepared by combining dals and vegetables. Any vegetable can be added with this dish. The more the variety of vegetables, the better the taste is enhanced. It is a very simple and healthy recipe providing almost all the nutrients required for a balanced meal.
Dalma is also offered to lord Jagannath as a part of the chapan bhog. That’s why dalma is considered as a saatvik food, i.e. without onion and garlic. But nowadays people are adding onion and garlic to enhance the taste. Traditionally dalma is prepared with pure ghee (clarified butter) and cooked in an earthen pot. Being a versatile dish that it is, this recipe suits all seasons and reasons.
It is the time for Ratha yatra, when we people avoid taking onion and garlic. In this occasion of holy Ratha yatra I prepared this soul satisfying food. In odisha dalma recipe varies from person to person. Everyone has their own way for making dalma.i learn many verities of making dalma. Dalma tastes different with the combination of lentils & vegetables used in the recipe.
I made dalma once in a month. Here I am sharing my signature recipe . My in-laws don’t like the taste of dalma. But now-a-days they love to have this dish. It is quite different from normal dalma recipe. When you don’t want to include spices in your diet just prepare this dish and enjoy with plain rice or any pulao or pulkas .