Moong Dalma
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The #OnamWithTVF Award winning recipe  – Moong Dalma

Contributed by: Sai Priya, an avid food blogger, photographer and beloved TVF customer. (

“Dalma, the soul food of every Odiya,” as Sai describes it, is a wholesome, protein-rich and tasty lentil stew.

The dish becomes more nutritious because of the veggies that go in it. You can use nearly any vegetable; throw in the best of the season and you have yourself a nutritious yummilicious  treat! This dish is usually served with hot, steaming rice and uses very little oil; add this to the goodness of The VillageFair Cast Iron Skillet and that’s healthy as healthy can get!


  • 1 cup roasted Moong dal
  • 2 cups cut vegetables (any veggies you like! avoid tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp Paanch phoran
  • 2 tbsps Fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 Dry red chilies
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp Clarified butter
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups Water


  1. Soak moong dal in warm water for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook dal till it is soft and almost done, and then add turmeric, bay leaf, salt & diced vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook till vegetables are cooked through.
  4. In another pan, heat ghee, add panch phoran* and let it sputter.
  5. Add ginger paste and sauté for a minute. Add this to the cooked dal-vegetables and mix well.
  6. Mix grated coconut and turn off the flame.
  7. Dry roast cumin seed and dry red chili separately. Cool it and grind into a powder. Garnish the dal with this powder and serve hot with rice.

* panch phoron consists of fenugreek seed (methi मेथी दाना), nigella seed (मंग्रैल / कलौंजी), cumin seed (जीरा), black mustard seed (राई) and fennel seed.

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