Dhoka Dalna Recipe

Dhoka Dalna Recipe
Photo Credit: http://anshu-mymomsrecipes.blogspot.in/2008/09/dhokar-dalna.html
With the mixture of onions, tomato and coconuts forming the broth, and the chana dal patties re-fried to give it that crisp texture, the Dhoka Dalna is the pride of the Bengali cuisine with its piquant and enticing taste.
Dhoka Dalna Recipe
Difficulty Average
Rating 9.4 / 10 (5 votes)
Recipe Type Veg.
  • 1 cup Cholar Dal (Chana Dal/Bengal Gram)
  • 2 Tomatoes (medium sized)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (grated)
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seed Powder
  • A pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee
  • 2-3 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
How to make Dhoka Dalna:
  • Wash and soak Bengal Gram Dal in water for 4-6 hours. Drain water and grind the dal to a paste.
  • Now heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, asafoetida, ginger paste, turmeric powder and salt to it.
  • Now add the grounded dal and cook till the mixture is soft and sticky, but not completely dry.
  • Smear little oil in a dish. Pour the cooked dal and spread it evenly on the dish. Press lightly with a spatula to set it. Allow it to cool and cut into square or diamond shapes.
  • Again heat the oil in a pan and fry the above-made dhokas to light brown. Keep them aside.
  • To make tomato puree, grind tomatoes, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder and keep it aside.
  • Now heat oil in a deep, heavy bottomed pan and add remaining cumin seeds. Add tomato puree and sauté.
  • When the puree starts to dry, add two cups of water and salt according to taste. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the fried dhokas and bring the curry to a boil. Now lower the flame and cook till the dhoka starts to soak up part of the curry.
  • Add some ghee and garam masala to the curry. Turn off the flame.
  • Dhoka Dalna is ready to eat. Serve hot with rice.