This Post is for Indian cooking challenge , For Jan month Srivalli had chosen this very traditional Bengali curry . I was so happy to make this as I wanted to make this curry from long time. Nabanita had challenge this delicious curry to south team members in SNC and wanted to try them since then but couldn't make it but Now here I am with this delicious curry. This is an very traditional bengali curry which is named "Dhokar Dalna" - Dhokar means Lentil cakes and Dalna means the gravy. This delicious curry is purely satvik with no onion and garlic used and a yummy option for vegetarians . This Curry is served with warm rice but we enjoyed them with hot phulkas , they tastes so delicious.
Dhokar dalna is lentil cakes which are deep fried and simmer in a curry with tomato base and flavored ginger, coriander , cumin. They are served with warm rice . The taste is so yummy as is that you will not miss the onion and garlic in them . Thanks to valli for suggesting this delicious curry for this month..
For Dhoka or the Lentil Cakes
11/2 cup Cholar Dal/Chana Dal/Bengal Gram ( Soaked in water overnight )
6 No Green chillies
Salt to taste
3/4 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera
A pinch of Asafoetida
1 1/2 tsp Ginger paste
Oil to fry + 1 tbsp
1 No bay leaf
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida
1 No Tomato ( Chopped)
1 tsp Yogurt
1 No Potato ( Chopped)
1/2 tsp Coriander pd
1/2 tsp Cumin pd
1/2 tsp Red chiili pd
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Ghee
2-3 tsp Oil
- Soak the channa dal for 3 - 4 hours / over night . Drain the water and grind the lentils with green chillies and little salt
- Grind them to a fine paste. Add little water as required for grinding
- Heat 1 tbsp Oil in a Kadhai, add Cumin seeds/Jeera, Asafoetida/Hing, and Ginger garlic paste.
- Add the ground dal to this and cook until the mix continuously till the mixture comes out clean from the corners .
- The dal should be cooked in such away that it is moist and soft but not hard.
- Note: You need to stir the vigorously else the dal paste will stick to the sides of the pan and be careful to remove the moisture without making it hard. Add little oil as needed to avoid sticking.
- Grease a flat plate with oil and pour the soft dal mix on this. While it is warm, pat lightly with your hands to form a flat, slightly raised round structure ,With a knife make squares or diamond shapes
- Heat some more Oil and fry the lentil cakes till golden brown on both sides. Take care while lifting the un fried lentil cakes as they might break.
To Make the Gravy
- Heat Oil in a Kadhai / sauce pan fry the 1 potato chopped in eights till golden, remove and keep aside.
- In a another pan heat 3 tsp oil , add Bay leaf/Tej Patta, Cumin Seeds/Jeera and Asafoetida/Hing
- Add ginger paste , saute for a while .
- Then add finely chopped tomato . Saute till tomato is mushy and the raw smell goes off.
- In Yogurt add Coriander Powder, Roasted cumin Powder(or Regular Cumin Powder), Red Chili Powder
- and turmeric to make a fine smooth mixture.
- Add this yogurt mixture to the sauted tomatoes. and fry the masala at low flame
- Add the fried potatoes and about 11/2 cups of water.
- Add salt to taste and cover and cook till potatoes are done.
- Adjust the masala as needed, add a little sugar.
- Add about Garam Masala and Ghee and gently mix.
- Now slowly slide in the pieces of dhoka or the fried lentil cakes.
- Simmer for couple of minutes to let the dhoka get soaked up the gravy.
- Note:If your dhokas are cracking do not add them to the gravy, rather place them on the serving dish and pour the gravy on them.
- Serve with hot white rice or roti.