Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Habisha Dalma (Kartik Masa Speciality from Odia Cuisine)

Odisha is one of the eastern state in Indian subcontinent. Among all the odia cuisine, the dalma dish is the most popular one. There are many variation of this curry depending upon the use of onion-garlic, different varieties of dals and vegetables. Without onion-garlic version is the preferable version in temple and during festivals. I have already shared some dalma recipes in my blog previously like Muga Dalma with Panasa Katha, Without onion-garlic dalma. Today I have come up with a different kind of dalma as Habisha Dalma which is particularly prepared during the Kartik month of Hindu calendar in each and every Odia households.

Kartik month is the most auspicious month among all 12 Hindu months. During this month most of odia people prefer to eat only vegetarian foods and particularly on each Monday of this month without onion-garlic foods are prepared. And the habisha dalma plays the vital role in most of the Monday lunch platters. This dalma varies totally different from rest others. Here onion, garlic, mustard oil, turmeric powder and potato are avoided in the ingredients list of the habisha dalma. Mostly the moong dal is picked up for preparing the dalma, but without roasting the moong dal. In this way (without roasting part of dal) the authenticity of the Habisha dalma is kept. Still anyone can use the roasted moong dal here if desired.

During this month the elephant apple / oou is plentifully available in Odisha, so this sour vegetable is used in the habisha dalma to give a little tangy taste. But if this vegetable is not available at your place, then the tomatoes can be preferred. One more authentic way here is the tempering part is followed at the beginning of the preparation unlike other dalma where the tempering is poured over the dalma after the dal and vegetables are cooked. The consistency of the dalma depends upon individual choice like either thin / semi thick. The combo of simple steamed rice topped with ghee, the habisha dalma and some relish like oou khata, tomato khata is a pure bliss.

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Habisha Dalma (Kartik Masa Speciality from Odia Cuisine)

an Odia delicacy particularly during the Kartik month of Hindu calendar using moong dal and some selected vegetables.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 30 mins


  • Moong dal 1 cup
  • Elephant apple / oou (1 inch slice) 2-3 pieces
  • Pumpkin (cube shape) 1/2 cup
  • Raw banana (cube shape) 1/2 cup
  • Colocasia (cube shape) 1/4 cup
  • Ginger 1 inch
  • Cumin seed 1/2 tsp
  • Whole red chili 2 no.
  • Bay leaf 1-2 no.
  • Roasted cumin-red chili powder 1 tsp
  • Coconut (grated) 2 tbsp
  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Salt as needed


  1. First wash and drain the moong dal. Keep aside.
  2. Next in a pressure cooker heat ghee.
  3. Put in red chilies, bay leaves and saute for 1 minute.
  4. Then add cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
  5. After that put the drained moong dal along with all the cut vegetables, crushed ginger, salt and 2-3 cup water.
  6. Mix everything using a spatula and cover the lid of the pressure cooker.
  7. Cook for 1-2 whistles or till all the vegetables are done well.
  8. Turn off heat.
  9. Allow the steam to escape automatically and till then keep aside the pressure cook.
  10. Next sprinkle grated coconut and roasted cumin-red chili powder and give a mix.
  11. Serve hot with rice topped with ghee, tomato khata / oou khata !!!


The moong dal is used here as raw, means this dal is added without roasting to maintain the authentic way of preparation. But if you want, then roast the moong dal first, then wash and use in the dalma.

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This 'Habisha Dalma' is contributed for Healthy Wellthy Cuisines where the theme is 'Legume Affair at HW'. Here are more similar recipes shared by our Healthy Wealthy Group members as Restaurant-Style Dal TadkaBoondi KadhiLehsuni Dal PalakHome-Made Peanut Butter, Moong Dal KhichdiDhaba Style Kala Chana Baingan PakoraRajma MasalaDried Nightshade Berries Cooked In Tamarind.

This post is also added to the 125 My Legume Love Affair hosted by my dear friend and fellow blogger Seema. Conceptualized by Susan and carried forward to date by Lisa.


  1. Dalma has been a bucket list recipe for me, in fact i have bookmarked a few more from your blog to do. I guess I will do this first, looks comforting

  2. This looks so inviting!

    Dalma has been on my must-try list for the longest time ever. I'm surely going to try this out some time soon. :)

  3. Habisa Dalma looks so drool worthy.You have made this just perfect. Lovely share!

  4. Dalma is i the soul food in an Odia household . Habisa is my favourite . Your dalma looks super tempting . Just pipping hot rice and this soul food ..aha

  5. It feels great to know about the different cuisines and I have learnt many Odia recipes from your blog. Dalma is next on my list.

  6. Interesting recipe from your part of the world!! Like the use of so many vegetables along with Moong Dal.. The recipe sound delicious and lovely capture!!

  7. This is such a new dish to me,Sasmita.. are u referring to Yam here (elephant foot?) .. very yummy dish..

    1. No no Kalyani :) Its Elephant apple (we call it Oou in Odia). you can get a little details information about this in my another post

  8. Such an interesting recipe. Something very new for me. It feels great to know about different cuisines. Absolutely delicious and nutritious share dear!!

  9. Good to know about this habisha dalma, it looks delicious. I must try it sometime.