Dhokar Dalna

Dhokar Dalna
  • Prep Time : 60m
  • Cook Time : 60m

Dhokar Dalna is the speciality of Bengal and it can’t be called as easy recipe as it shows.


  • 250 grams split chick peas or chana dal
  • 2 tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 6 tsp cooking oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp green chilly paste
  • 2 tsp salt to taste
  • sugar as per taste
  • 1 tbsp ghee


Step 1

Chana Dal/Split Chick Peas Paste:
1. Soak the chana dal fir 5-6 hours in normal water.
2. Drain out the excess water.
3. Add 2 tsp ginger chilli paste and 1 tsp salt and sugar.
4. Grind everything using a mixer to form a smooth paste of Chana dal.

Step 2

Fried Cubes:
1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. Add the Chana dal paste and fry it until the semi liquid state is lost. It will become a light dry paste.
2. Take a dish or steel plate and spread 4-5 drops of oil on the surface. Spread the oil.
3. Take the paste from the pan and spread it evenly on the dish/plate.
4. Cut the spread into diamond shaped cubes and keep it aside.
5. Now tale another pan/kadai and add 5 tbsp oil into it. Allow it to heat and then deep fry the cubes in this oil.
6. Keep the Fried cubes aside.

Step 3

1. In the left over heated oil, add cumin seeds, bay leaves and fry it.
2. Add the chopped tomatoes and allow it to cook for 1-2 mins.
3. Add the ginger chilli paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, salt and ¼ tsp sugar. Stir everything well.
4. Add 2 cups of water and let it come to boil.
5. Add the fried cubes and allow it cook for 5-6 mins.
6. Add little salt, garam masala powder and ghee to taste. Cover the pan with lid and cook for 1-2 mins. Turn off the flame and serve it with rice.

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