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Dhokar Dalna Recipe

Dhokar Dalna
How to make Dhokar Dalna

About Dhokar Dalna Recipe: A delicious Bengali treat, Dhokar Dalna has fried chana dal cakes marinated along with potato cubes dipped in a thick gravy of cumin seeds, hing, and bay leaf along with ginger and red chili paste. Dhoker Dalna is best served with steamed rice.

  • Total Cook Time1 hr 05 mins
  • Prep Time 15 mins
  • Cook Time 50 mins
  • Recipe Servings2
  • Medium

Ingredients of Dhokar Dalna

  • 1 Cup chana dal
  • Bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 2 ghee
  • 1 large potato (chopped into cubes), peeled
  • 1 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 5 tbsp mustard oil

How to Make Dhokar Dalna

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Soak the dal overnight or for a minimum of 3-4 hours.
Take a blender and make a smooth and thick paste of dal. Now take a deep pan and heat oil.
Take the paste and fry in oil at low flame for a minimum of 10 minutes from all sides.
While frying adds cumin, ginger, red chili powder or paste each of 1 tsp and sugar. Add salt according to taste.
Take a big plate and grease it with oil. Take the paste and pour it on the plate. While it is warm, pat the paste with your hands and form a flat, little-raised structure.
Take a knife and cut the paste in small square or diamond shapes. Let the lentils paste get cool, hard. When the structures are ready then take them out slowly.
Marinate potato cubes and the lentil cake with salt and turmeric powder. Now fry them in oil till they get golden brown on both sides.
Take a deep pan. Heat fresh oil. Add cumin seeds, hing, and bay leaf and sauté for 2 minutes. Now add rest of the cumin, ginger and red chili paste and half cup water. Sauté them well.
Sauté till the spices start leaving the water. Now add potato cubes and 2 cups of water.
When the potato cubes are almost boiled, add lentils cakes. Cook it 5 minutes in medium flame.
Add garam masala powder and ghee. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes. Switch off the burner.
Dhokar Dalna is ready to serve. Serve it with steamed rice.
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