Dalcha Recipe | How To Make Dalcha

>>  Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dalcha can easily be called a silent killer. Yes famous among its peers yet not so well known outside its crowd. While everybody knows and raves about Biryani, not many may know how important a dalcha is, when you talk about Biryani. Especially when it's a non vegetarian biryani. Growing up in a non vegetarian family I have often heard about Dalcha being talked about in reference to Biryani. Yet I never seen Amma preparing this often. It mostly belonged to the Muslim families, who make this with non veg added to the gravy. So you can imagine I never got around tasting it.

Yet during one of my conversation with our family friends who are experts in making Dalcha including the Muslim biryanis, I came to know that not all of them make a dalcha with non veg included. I was really so happy knowing that. Our family friend shared two recipes, one that I have kept aside for my book. The other one happens to be what Amma got from her. This is completely different from the other one, yet equally good.

As I was talking about how my hubby dear refuses to eat just plain Veg Biryani with Raitha, this is yet another gravy that has come to our rescue. We are still enjoying a relatively relaxed holidays with kids. Konda's school reopens 1st of June and she will be getting her books by the last week. While I was dreading the fact that there will be loads of books literally that I have to cover, FIL has promised to come down to help me.

Coming to the recipe, this is very healthy as it has different vegetables added to it along with dal.

Dalcha Recipe

Ingredients Needed

Vegetables added

Bottle gourd, chopped - 1 cup
Brinjal - 3 medium
Carrot - 1 medium
Beans - 5 nos
Potatos - 1 medium  
Tomato - 1 medium


Toor dal  - 1/2 cup
Bengal gram - 1/2 cup

For the paste

Coconut paste - 1 tsp
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1"
Poppy Seeds / Gasa Gasa powder - 3/4 tsp

For the gravy

Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2
Tamarind - 1 marble size

For seasoning
Mustard, Curry leaves

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak the dals for 10 mins.

Chop all the vegetables and keep it aside.

Make a smooth paste with coconut, cloves, cinnamon, and poppy seeds.

In a pressure cooker, take everything excluding the seasoning, add 1 cup water and pressure cook for 2 whistle, switch off.

Once pressure is all released, add the tamarind juice bring to boil.

Finally season the gravy with mustard, curry leaves.

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harini-jaya May 19, 2011 at 6:55 AM  

Good one. My husband will be happy to have such a curry for Biryani :)

Pavani May 19, 2011 at 7:01 AM  

Dalcha looks delicious. I just realized that I have a dalcha recipe on my blog too, but I sued only sorakaya. Your version with all the veggies sounds yummy.

vaishali sabnani May 19, 2011 at 7:03 AM  

lots of veggies !!I have always loved the combo of veggies with daals...grt ...need to try!!

Sarah May 19, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

I never knew about dalcha! Thanks for the recipe :) And what a nice side-dish for biriyani!

PJ May 19, 2011 at 7:11 AM  

Very new to me and it surely sounds easy and delicious.

divya May 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM  

This looks inviting and delicious...

SouthIndianHome May 19, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

Healthy and yummy curry.Neve heard about this. Thanks for the recipe
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Mom Chef May 19, 2011 at 8:57 AM  

nice combo of dals and sabjis.. am sure the poppoy masala paste would add to be a great ingredient to this dish :) btw Srivalli would you have a perfect recipe for a hyderabadi veg biryani??

Aarthi May 19, 2011 at 9:08 AM  

Yummy...will give a try soon

Babli May 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

Very nice and interesting recipe. Dalcha looks delicious and tempting. Thanks for your lovely recipe.

Kurinji May 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM  

Delicious dalcha and perfect with biriyani!

Vardhini May 19, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

So different and yummy. In fact have never heard of Dalcha before. It has a lot of healthy ingredients like dal, veggies and so on. Good one.


Saras May 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM  

I too will prepare dalcha in same way..Thanks for sharing dear...

Priya May 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

Had this dalcha long back, wonderful dish to serve along with briyani, looks marvellous and yummy..

Mina Joshi May 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

The Dalcha looks delicious. I was pleased to note that it's not too complicated to make. Reading about getting books for your daughter and covering them remined me of my childhood!! For some reason, no one covers their books here in UK. Not sure why.

Ambreen May 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM  

Looks delicious & very interesting recipe!

Usha May 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

When growing up, we use to eat this a lot at my paternal grandma's place. Every dasara, it was a must. However, I don;t remember eating it with biryani though... It could be because my paternal family likes their biryani with raita, including myself and my maternal family & married family prefer to have it with some shorva (gravy curry).

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal May 19, 2011 at 8:20 PM  

This is a very new recipe, I mean even the name. Sounds like a great gravy for any rice dish or even rotis.

sushma May 20, 2011 at 12:57 AM  

Hd dalcha once at my friends place. Tastes good

Suma Gandlur May 20, 2011 at 3:59 AM  

I have heard about the Hyderabadi dalcha but have never tried so far. Your version is tempting me to try.

Krithi's Kitchen May 20, 2011 at 5:42 AM  

Hooray, I love dalcha! and with briyani.. match made in heaven... love your version..

Srivalli May 21, 2011 at 7:34 AM  

Thank you everybody.

MinaI wonder why we still got to cover the books, it kind of feels good and I used to look fwd to doing it some years ago. Now with 3 sets of books to do, it's exhausting..:)

veena krishnakumar May 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

very new to make. Yours looks lovely. I think i will try this out

Anonymous September 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

Addling young (not ripe) green banana slices (about .25 inch thick) would be a nice addition to Dalcha. This is always done in the muslim recipe for Dalcha.

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