Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dhokar Dalna/Bengali Lentils Cakes Curry~~SN Challenge

Dhokar dalna is a traditional Bengali lentil cakes curry which is served during pooja or as a part of a meal.This lentils cakes cooked in tomato, coconut milk and cashew raisin paste is a pure Sativk dish, that means this dish doesnt need neither onions nor garlic. This dish is also served during special occasions like weddings to the widows who are not allowed to intake onions and garlic. This dish in my to do list since a long, but somehow i wasnt able to do this dish and taste them.This dhokar dalna is a favourite dish of most of the Bengalis. Dhoka means' to cheat' in sanskirt and still is a mystery why this dish is named as though. Even Bengalis doesnt know the reason for it. Yea some dishes doesnt need the meaning of their name,wat we all need is the taste of this dish na. Am enjoying rite now this dish with rice as my lunch, trust me its seriously mindblowing,delicious,super flavourful and nutritious on the same time.

Every first of the month, i'll be posting a North Indian dish as am a part of the famous South vs North challenge, an event started by Divya Pramil of You Too Can Cook. The motto of this event is to exchange an Indian recipe between two teams. One team is Southern team (bloggers  born and brought in South India) and the another one team is Northern team (food bloggers born and brought in North India). Every first of a month, a blogger from each team will challenge a recipe from their origin and the opposite team have to cook the recipe challenged by the other team.

For our this month's challenge, Nabanita Das of Esho-Bosho-Aahare challenged the Southern team with this famous Bengalo Dhokar Dalna while Roha of Hyderbadi Cuisine challenged the Northern team with a rich and droolworthy Qubani Ka Meeta,the fmous Hyderbadi apricot dessert. Both challenges are mindblowing and love to make some Qubani ka meeta too soon.

Lentil cakes:
1cup Channadal/Bengal gram
1/2cup Dried green peas/Split peas dal/split yellow peas (since i dont have yellow peas,i used split green peas)
1/2cup Grated coconut
1tsp Ginger paste
1/2tsp Asafoetida powder
1tsp Onion seeds/Nigella seeds
2nos Green chillies (chopped)
1/2tsp Turmeric powder
1/4tsp Baking soda
2tbsp Oil for cooking the batter
Oil for frying

Soak the channa dal, split greenpeas or split yellow peas (not the toor dal neither fried gram dal) for 4hours.

Now grind the soaked dal as coarse paste with green chillies.

Add the onions seeds,ginger paste,turmeric powder,salt,grated coconut,baking soda to the grounded batter.

Mix well and keep aside.

In a kadai, heat the oil, fry the asafoetida powder, add the batter and stir continuouly in simmer until the batter turns thick and get off from the bottom of the kadai.

Transfer the cooked batter to a greased plate, flatten them and keep aside to cool.

With a knife,cut the cooled batter as any shape as u desire.

Deep fry now this sliced pieces until they turns light brown colour and keep aside.

For curry:
3nos Potatoes (medium & cubed)
1no Tomato (big & chopped)
3nos Green chillies (slit opened)
1tbsp Garam masala powder
1tsp Red chilly powder
1tsp Turmeric powder
1/4cup Cashew+raisin paste
2cup Coconut milk (thick milk)
1/2cup Grated coconut
1tbsp Ginger paste
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
2tsp Cumin seeds
Oil for cooking

Soak the raisins and cashew in hot water for half an hour, grind as fine paste and keep aside.

Heat 2tbsp oil, add half of the turmeric powder, salt to the cubed potatoes, fry it in the hot oil until they turns crispy,remove from the oil and keep aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a kadai, now add the asafoetida,cuminseeds, bay leaves, fry until they turns brown.

Add the slit opened green chillies,ginger paste and fry for few minutes.

Add now the chopped tomatoes and fry everything until the tomatoes turns mushy.

Now add the red chilly powder,cumin seed powder,garam masala powder,turmeric powder to the cooking tomatoes and cook for few more minutes,until the oil comes out.

Add the grated coconut,coconut milk to them and cook for few minutes.

Finally add the already prepared cashew raisins paste,fried potatoes,cook again everything in simmer until the gravy turns bit thick.

Add water if need to adjust the gravy consistency.

Finally add the fried lentil cakes, sprinkle the garam masala powder on the top,cover and put off the stove.

Serve dhokar dalna with rice topped with few drops of ghee

Once the fried lentil cakes are added to the gravy, dont forget to the serve the dish, else the gravy will turns thick.

While frying the lentil cakes, be careful some make break,but dont worry.


  1. looks super good Priya! I knew u will be first one to post the recipe. Still dontt know how u can managine to do that fast!

  2. Dhokar romba super aks... ippove sapidanum pole iruku.... semma fast...

  3. looks so delicious and lovely click aks !! you are super duper fast aks :)

  4. very nice dish priya and as usual perfectly done......

  5. super fast.. even i predicted that u'll make it fast.. btw the curry looks great. like the shape of the lentil cakes.. :)

  6. very interesting curry...

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  7. Looks super delicious! I am sure it would have tasted wonderful with rice and ghee :)

  8. Wow.. Love the way you presented the recipe.. You are so fast akka..

  9. looks scrumptiously tasty dear

  10. Yummy akka ............... super fast post...........

  11. If I make tell this name and give it my my lil one he will jump and come to eat food thinking its some sweet thing :) Like the cute cake things in the gravy aks :)

  12. Priya mika arumai, jet past...
    undanee seythu saappidanum pol irukku.

  13. You are so fast in making all the dishes .. Very delicious...

  14. Looks extremely delectable....I love the medley of flavours in this recipe...

  15. Just like I expected rocket speed lady it looks very good but how did u manage with split green peas what does that mean patani ya

  16. Never heard of this preparation looks delicious

  17. Wow Priya this is so good!

  18. healthy and filling curry...very nicely done...
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  19. Hello Priya... you are just like Bullet train... What a presentation... Dhoka looks so yumm and tempting... You made exactly perfect... Superb.

  20. Beautifully done. I have never heard of this dish bu it looks yum.

  21. Wow dhokar dalna ! you did a splendid job Priya ! Even we Bong shied away from making this. Lokks absolutely delish !

  22. Oh God! Akka, you are trully a super woman. So perfectly you made dhokar dalna, trully its fabulous! Drooling over here.....

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  23. Would be great for chapathis akka. will try soon

  24. Interesting dish..looks super delicious.

  25. It is like a piece of cake floating in syrup :) Never tasted looks tasty!

  26. Wow!!looks super delicious and tempting...

  27. Priya you are always amazing ..Looks very delicious.

  28. Romba pudhumaiya irukku. kelvi pattathe illa. but try panni parkiren..

  29. Hi priya,
    You made dhokar Dalna just mentioned on my blog few days back and you prepared it looks fabulous, about the curry, I never added coconut milk and cashew-raisin paste, as it is very simple dish, but there are many varieties cooked by bongs, but your pic is droolworthy

  30. The ingredients for the gravy sound lipsmacking good... very healthy and new dish for sure.

  31. Looks really delicious and the lentil cakes are yummy! Beautiful click!

  32. There you go again with the preparation of a North Indian dish. Good job Priya.

  33. as usual akka... u get the first prize!!! :) the curry looks very good, would love to make it this month...

  34. Looks awesome.. Beautiful click Priya :-)

  35. thats a quick post Priya. Hats off to u :) looks delicious
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  36. Picture and the recipe looks interesting! Love to make!

  37. Aks ur are super fast and ur clicks make me drool...kalakunga sachin:)

  38. Wow, this looks awesome, waiting to join this group once things are little settled..

  39. Very well made Priya, I have never had it, looks good.

  40. Looks super delicious. Wanna grab some lentil cakes Priya. Love the picture.

    Hope you doing fine,Take care dear.

  41. Superb akka.. Looks so perfect u have done an awesome job... Superb clicks too :)

  42. Beautiful clicks, and lovely looking dish :)Explained well too.


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