Monday, April 21, 2014

Mung Lau Dalma & Channa Chadchadi - Orissa/Odisha Special

Orissa/Odisha is a state located on the South east coast of India, their cuisine known as Oriya cuisine.Most of the dishes from thos cuisine tastes delicious coz of their characteristic taste and flavor. This delicious and simple cuisine is influenced by the cuisines of the neighboring states of Bihar and West Bengal. People of Orissa are a happy union of both vegetarians and non vegetarians but non vegetarian foods is usually avoiced during the religious ceremonies, Mustard oil is used in everyday cooking and ghee is used during special days. Rice is the staple food of this state and wheat is the second popular crop, vegetables like brinjal, pumpkin,gourd are usually cooked. A traditional Oriya meal is served on large thali and other dishes are served in small bowls and placed around the large plate.A typical Oriya meal includes the intake of Saaga (green leaf-based dish), Bhaji (fried vegetable dish), Bhaat (rice), Dal (pulse), Besara or Mahura (curry tempered with spices), Machha tarkari (fish curry) and Khatta (chutney). Channa Dali is a preferred dish of the Oriyas which is a sweetened pulse dish tempered with coconuts, raisins, dry fruits and spices. Dalma is another favorite item of the Oriyas as the dish is a mixture of lentils and a number of vegetables and that make it a very nutritional dish. During the summer months the people of Orissa enjoy Pakhala (fermented rice seasoned with yoghurt and spices). Mitha Bhaat (sweetened rice tempered with a number of spices) is also a popular dish. People are also fond of Polao (rice cooked with butter, nuts, raisins, vegetables and spices).

No Oriya meal is complete without chutneys, so variety of chutneys are cooked and needless to say Oriya cuisine have a list of sweets especially milk based sweets.Pitha is a local name of cakes which are prepared with traditional methos. Tea and coffee are the popular beverages and Bel Pana is the drink made with milk, a pulp of wood apple, sweetened with sugar and flavoured with black  pepper. Fresh Fruit like wood apple,mangoes,jackfruits,watermelons, bananas are eaten by the people in Orissa. I cooked the famous dalma with yellow moongdal and bottlegourd along with channa chadchadi a stir fry with black chickpeas.Both makes a prefect meal and we had our lunch with these fingerlicking foods. Dalma and channa chadchadi are very quick and simple comforting foods which gets ready easily.Sending to CWS- Chickpeas guest hosted by Nalini.

Recipe Source:  Oriya Food
1cup Yellow moongdal
3cups Bottlegourd (cubed)
2tbsp Coriander powder
3nos Dry red chillies
1/2tsp Chilly powder
1tsp Cumin seeds
Few coriander seeds
1tsp Turmeric powder
Oil for tempering

Dry roast the mungdal until the colour changes and a nice aroma comes from.

Clean the dal and soak it for an hour.

Heat the oil, let crack the cumin seeds, dry red chillies, coriander seeds,fry it.

Now add the dal, cubed bottlegourd and add enough water to cook.

Add the salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder, mix well and cook until the veggies get cooked.

Add finally the coriander powder, cook in high flame for few minutes until the dal gets thick.

Serve with rice.

Recipe Source: Oriyarasoi
1cup Black channa (soaked overnite)
1no Onion (chopped)
1no Green chilly (chopped)
1/2tsp Coriander powder
1/4tsp Chilly powder
1/4tsp Cumin powder
2pinch Mustard seeds
2pinch Cumin seeds
1pinch Fenugreek seeds
2pinch Fennel seeds
Chopped coriander leaves

Cook the soaked black channa in pressure cooker for 2whistles.

Drain the chickpeas, keep aside.

Heat oil, add the seeds and fry,add immediately the onions and saute for few minutes.

Add the green chillies,black channa, cook for few minutes.

Now add the coriander powder,chilly powder,cumin powder, salt and cook until the channa gets well coated with spice powders.

Finally add the chopped coriander leaves.

Put off the stove.

Enjoy with rice.


  1. I love the flavours of the dishes. They are simple yet delicious. Daalma has been on my to do list since long.

  2. The channa looks so sinful priya..very nice meal..

  3. the names qualify for tongue twisters :) but they look amazing

  4. You r really bringing out the flavours of every state sis . So yummy kootu n curry

  5. Both the recipes are healthy and protein rich traditional orissa preparations. Nice traditional recipes with Awesome photographs.

  6. looks so similar to our food, the flavors i mean... comforting meal...

  7. My MIL makes this dal and we love it!

  8. Never knew that the north eastern states had so many veg options..thanks for sharing these

  9. wow you got many dishes!!! nicely done Priya!!

  10. thats an awesome curry! :) looks so tasty n would be perfect to go with rice or roti too :)

  11. Channa chadchadi is tempting. Lovely dishes for the state. Even dalma looks delicious

  12. Love the meal there. The chana looks very tempting.

  13. Never tried Odisha food yet, this looks so delicious..

  14. Lovely meal!! Wish i was your neighbour akka:)

  15. Quite interesting and delicious recipes........ Never tried these !!! Looks super yumm...

    Priya, i didn't get any invitation for shhh cooking secretly challenge. Can you pass me face book link so that I can join you!!

  16. simple n delicious recipe....lovely meal!!

  17. Thanks for introducing me to these Northeastern dishes - they all seem so tasty and interesting.

  18. The whole platter looks too tempting Priya...awed by your passion for cooking :)

  19. Never knew there are so many wonderful dishes from these parts, looks very delicious..

  20. Nice meal. Would love to try the black channa recipe.

  21. Though the name is too long the dish is perfect...looks delicious dear..

  22. through your lens, both the simple dishes look very delicious.

  23. Delicious looking Oriya dishes.

  24. Super inviting spread Priya. Love that channa dish so much...

  25. Simple yet comforting dishes,Channa chadchadi sounds inviting..

  26. Both the dishes look so good Priya. The channa dish sounds delicious..

  27. whole platter looks delicious - but the dalna especially I would want to try

  28. all dishes look inviting.. perfectly done.. are making me hungry

  29. I love the flavours.It beautifully done.

  30. I love the flavours.It beautifully done.


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