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Recipe: Dhoka Dalna:

Dhoka Dalna is a traditional Bengali recipe cooked and served in Puja, or as second course of a meal. Learn how to make Dhoka Dalna by following this easy recipe.

Recipe Type: Veg.

 

Ingredients:

• 1 cup Cholar Dal (Chana Dal/Bengal Gram)

• 2 Tomatoes (medium sized)

• 1 tsp Ginger (grated)

• 2 Green Chilies

• 1 tsp Cumin Seeds

• 1 tsp Coriander Powder

• 1 tsp Cumin Seed Powder

• A pinch Asafoetida (Hing)

• 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

• 1 tsp Chili Powder

• 1 tsp Cumin Seeds

• 1/2 tsp Garam Masala

• 1/2 tsp Ghee

• 2-3 tbsp Oil

• Salt to taste

 

How to make Dhoka Dalna:

• Wash and soak Bengal Gram Dal in water for 4-6 hours. Drain water and grind the dal to a paste.

• Now heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, asafoetida, ginger paste, turmeric powder and salt to it.

• Now add the grounded dal and cook till the mixture is soft and sticky, but not completely dry.

• Smear little oil in a dish. Pour the cooked dal and spread it evenly on the dish. Press lightly with a spatula to set it. Allow it to cool and cut into square or diamond shapes.

• Again heat the oil in a pan and fry the above-made dhokas to light brown. Keep them aside.

• To make tomato puree, grind tomatoes, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder and keep it aside.

• Now heat oil in a deep, heavy bottomed pan and add remaining cumin seeds. Add tomato puree and sauté.

• When the puree starts to dry, add two cups of water and salt according to taste. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.

• Add the fried dhokas and bring the curry to a boil. Now lower the flame and cook till the dhoka starts to soak up part of the curry.

• Add some ghee and garam masala to the curry. Turn off the flame.

• Dhoka Dalna is ready to eat. Serve hot with rice.

 

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