Sunday, November 21, 2010

Habisa Dalma

Today is Kartika Purnima - one of the holiest days of the year, and culminates a whole month of puja in the month of Kartika masa. Lots of Oriya women (not sure if men do it - I have seen grandma, mom and aunts celebrate this month) do not eat non vegetarian for the whole month. Usually they eat once during the day and one of the key item for the meal is Habisa Dalma. Here is my Aunt's version of the habisa dalama that I  love. Tomorrow is Chada Khai, the day everyone feasts on non vegetarian food. I have heard the price of mutton goes up 2-3 times for the day - talk about Supply and Demand!


Ingredients
1 cup Mung Dal
1 tin of Jackfruit (non-ripe version)
2 raw bananas - chopped into small pieces
2 Saru or Arbi - peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 table spoon ghee
1 tea spoon cumin seeds
2 red chillies
2 green chillies
2 inch ginger - grated
1 tea spoon of dry cumin seeds roasted and powdered
handful of fresh grated coconut (frozen ones, thawed work fine too)
2-3 bay leaves
Salt to taste

How to
Take a pan and heat it. Add the mung dal and dry roast it until it starts changing color (at very low heat). It takes about 10-12 min.
Remove from heat and soak the dal for 1 hr.
Take a pan, add the dal and salt and 3 times the water and let it boil for 15 min.
If the dal looks a little bit cooked, add the saru and let it cook for a few minutes.
Then add the chopped raw bananas and the cut raw jack-fruit pieces.
Once everything is cooked, adjust salt to taste. (No Tumeric is added to this dal)

Take another pan, add the ghee and let it get hot.
Add the chillies and the cumin seeds, bay leaves and the grated ginger and pour the mixture on the dal.
Add some dry roasted and powdered cumin seeds and fresh grated coconut and mix well in the dal.

Eat fresh or the next day. Add some lemon to enhance the taste of the dalma! As Satarupa says, enjoy this dalma with Arua Bhata (white rice), Aloo Bharta (Mashed potatoes), Saga and khata.

51 comments:

  1. Hi,

    New dih to me...Happy Karthigai deepam to you!!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  2. Kartika Purnami ra Subhechha !!
    Habisa Dalma reminds me of all the Kartika Masa Somabaar ... I used to feast on those days. Arua Bhata, Habisha Dalma, Oou Khata and saga ..... ohh God I am drooling.
    Gr8 Recipe !!

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  3. @Satrupa - no fast I guess for you! I will post all these additional items to be enjoyed with this dalma...

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  4. hmmm its really simple and must be tasty as well, thanks for sharing

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  5. @Shivani - yes very simple
    @Shanti - thanks.

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  6. Habisa dalma looks soo thick and comforting...

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  7. very new dish to me, but looks wholesome and yummy..happy kartika purnima to u as well

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  8. festive food is always so tasty. the dish is very simple and yet very interesting.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  9. Wish you and your family a happy Kartik Poornima Somoo

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  10. @Priya - thanks.
    @Idrani - thanks.
    @Pari - agree.
    @Raja - thanks and same to you!

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  11. Happy Karthik Purnima! Lovely dish...

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  12. Happy karthika purnima. Nice festive dish.

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  13. I am glad I know you - its so great to know about traditional recipes. It looks really great. Very new for me.

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  14. @Nandini - thanks!
    @Swathi - thanks!
    @Pre - glad you liked it...

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  15. Very nice and new dish for me. Looks delicious, spicy and mouth watering.

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  16. reminds me of something alled "koozh" that is served in tamilnadu during temple festival days..love the veggies used.

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  17. Very interesting,have never heard abt this before but am sure it tastes really good...

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  18. That sounds like such a comfort food..love it!

    US Masala

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  19. Even i prepare the habisa dalma during the kartika masa sombaar! Two of the important ingredients in this dalma is the aau & mati aloo.

    Guess you could not get your hands on those two!!

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  20. @AuthenticOriyaFood - No Aau or mati aloo here... You are so right!

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  21. Very new and delicious looking recipe. I love how you post so authentic oriya recipes.

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  22. Love seeing traditional recipes. BTW what are your mothers cookbooks? I have one now on Oriya cooking so I was wondering if it is from her.:)

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  23. Very new recipe to me looks so delicious...

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  24. @Priya - thanks.
    @honeybeecooksjackfruit - thanks. Do you one written in Oriya ?
    @Rekhas - thanks.

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  25. Collect one award from my blog..........

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  26. @sarah - thanks
    @Kothiyavanu - glad you liked it.
    @Indrani - thanks for thinking of me...

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  27. Very new dish....looks interesting and yummy....will surely try

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  28. @Aysha - thanks... Let me know if you try it...

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  29. I have shared 3 awards with you on my blog. Please accept those :)

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  30. We celebrate Karthika poornima but in different way. The dish is totally new for me, looks delish!

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  31. Good to learn a traditional dish here. Looks delicious...

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  32. love any dal....looks delicious and yes am going to have it next friday (I eat vegetarian on that day) with bharta and shaak.

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  33. @Cham - cool...
    @Hamaree Rasoi - thanks
    @Sayantani - let me know if you try it...

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  34. An award awaits you at my space. Please collect it.

    Cheers,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  35. Dear Somoo
    How are you? I was off blog so cd not visit your space. You just took me to Athgarh days..it has been ages since i ate this and forgotten the recipe too. Cant wait to make it...thanks for sharing .
    have a nice weekend

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  36. this recipe reminds me of kartika masa in orissa..we used to have this on the mondays for lunch..

    Chanchal
    RecipeRaaga.com

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  37. Came here to tell you that I made this last Friday and both of us enjoyed it immensely. It tasted very different from Bengali Niramish dal and was delicious. betwwen I often made the spinach-bori curry and now thats a fav of ours. thanks for the recipe.

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  39. Merry Christmas to you n your family Somoo. love and warm hugs coming your way.

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  41. kehi odia bhai ba bhauni...gata thara otv re "testy testy" dekhuthile ki..!! mu bi dekhuthili...sethire ei masa re jeumane habisa karithanti..semanaka khadya dekhethila....mu janibaku chahunchi...jadi kahara manethiba ...keun saga bisayare sethire katha hauthile..mu bhuli jaichi...haan etiki maneachhi se saga roga pratirodhak sakti badhai thae..plase manethile reply kariba...dhanyabad.

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  42. In habisha Dalma, one should not give Tadka with jeera....one can add Ghee....No Tadka and jack fruit not allowed....

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