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Moong Dalma Recipe | Lentil with Vegetables Recipe

Moong Dalma Recipe is quite easy to follow.A variation of traditional Dalma dish.

Dalma ,the soul food of every Odiya is nothing but a simple delicious dish with high protein.
Combine with rice , that will be most comforting lunch on a day when you don’t want to have non-veg. I have shared this dish before where toor dal was used .Moong Dalma  is a variation to that authentic dalma.

Moong Dalma Recipe

Moong Dalma Recipe in Temple

In temples they follow some rules selecting the vegetables.

Vegetables like carrot, beans, potato, tomato, cauliflower are termed as foreign vegetables. So these are not used to make Temple Dalma. Even these vegetables are not part of any Temple Food in Odisha.

Dalma is a part of Chappan Bhoga offered in Puri Jagannath Temple. One can buy Mahaprsad everyday there in the Temple.

Soulful Moong Dalma

This lentil vegetable stew has almost no-oil . You may find hundred of recipes differing in the choice of vegetables and their proportion.So basically there is no particular quantity or measurement to any vegetable that is used in dalma.

But outside Temple, you find a lot of variations to Dalma. Seasonal vegetables are used to make Dalma in every Odia house.
you can add cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, drumstick etc

I have used in eggplant  ,pumpkin ,raw-banana ,sweet Potato  and green banana in my recipe here.

Dalma Spice Powder

Make this spice powder at home. Follow this easy  Recipe step by step. This spice powder can be stored for a long time in a glass jar.
Make a good quantity to save your time. It brings a distinct flavour to the dish .

Types of Dalma

There are a varieties of Dalma with different lentils. The most popular is Toor Dal.
I personally love this Moong Dalma Recipe.
There is another variety called ‘Habisa Dalma’ where turmeric is not used in the recipe.

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Moong Dalma Recipe
Moong Dalma Recipe
Course side dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Moong Dalma Recipe
  1. Slightly roast moong dal and soak in 4 cup of water for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Cook dal till almost done with the soaked water. Add turmeric, bay leaf ,salt & diced vegetables in it. Cover and cook till they are done.
  3. In another pan heat ghee ,add panch phoran (see note below ) and let it sputter.
  4. Add ginger paste and saute for a minute.Add this to cooked dal-vegetables and mix well.Add Dalma spice powder.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes. Add fresh grated Coconut and switch off the flame.
  6. Cover it and let it rest for 4-5 minutes. Serve warm with steamed rice.
Recipe Notes
Note : panch phoran is five spice blend. Take all these in equal quantity ,the green fennel seed, black mustard and nigella seeds, fenugreek and cumin seeds. Mix all and it's ready.

In eastern India the use is more in local cuisine.


  1. Antara Boral says

    I prepar this dish when I feel lazy to cook ? It’s amazing na the taste this dish brings it. My hubby is not a bengali and he loves this comfort food. You can also try roasting the dal before washing it. Roasted dal gives a very nice aroma and flavor to the entire dish. Just a suggestion ?

  2. Sai priya says

    Thanks ..I forget to mention that in recipe ..actually it’s always roasted

  3. Antara Boral says

    Yeah ??

  4. petra08 says

    I have to admit you cook wonderful sounding dishes I have never heard of and this sounds absolutely lovely! 🙂

  5. Sai priya says

    Thanks a lot dear for the appreciation..I am just trying my best to bring all those traditional dishes in blog.. 🙂

  6. Suchitra Kamath says

    This is true comfort food Sai Priya! Thanks for sharing it here at Fiesta Friday!

  7. Sai priya says

    Thanks a lot Suchitra 🙂

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