Odiya food is simple yet delicious. It carries less fat and healthy of course. Here I am representing , Dalma, a traditional dish of Odisha. It is very popular throughout the world as it carries less oil and tastes heavenly. Simply dal or combination of dals cooked with veggies which is very nutritious.
Due to deep religious culture, odiya people often make food that is made without onion & garlic. Dalma is also a savteek food which always takes a special part in odiya thali. This is also a part of Chappan bhog , usually served to Lord Jagannath. Dalma is a quick prepared dish which yield delicious result.
Traditionally dalma is cooked in a clay pot. Vegetables are added to Dal, when it is half done. This process takes more time than usual. The using of pressure cooker cut the cooking time by almost 70% but at the cost of taste. Nothing can compare the taste of Dalma when cooked in clay pots.
Dalma is a combination of Dals and vegetables. Though Variety of dalmas are prepared in Odisha. People use different combination of dals and also vegetables. It can also be done with single dal and veggies. If you want to explore the taste of Dalma then keep on experimenting with different types of veggies and dals. This is suitable for all age group as it consists of essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals that present in vegetables.
Mug( green gram), lau (bottle gourd/louki) , dalma is also a traditional dish of Odisha where dal , chopped veggies are pressure cooked till done then temper with ghee, cumin seeds and dry chili, finally seasoned with roasted cumin chili powder. This is quite different from regular dalma and can be taken with chapati, rice or any variety of pulao.