Dhokar Dalna

Recipe by Sonali

This is a very old recipe which I have learnt from my grandmother. It is very strange that I didn’t liked this dish until I got married and shifted to a new city where getting Bengali foods was difficult.

Style: Traditional | Cooking time: 40 min
Servings: 4



Gram dal/ channa dal – 250 gm

Cumin seed – ½ tsp

Cumin powder – 2 tsp

Coriander powder - 2 tsp

Tomato ketchup – 2 tsp

Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1tsp

Salt &b sugar - as per taste

Green chili paste – 1tsp

Ginger paste – 1tsp

Potato – 2 medium size ( peeled and diced)

Oil – 2 tsp for curry

Oil – 1 cup for deep frying

Bay leaf – 1

Garam masala powder – ½ tsp



  1. Soak the dal overnight and make a smooth paste of it.
  2. Mix salt in the dal paste and whip it.
  3. In a nonstick pan heat 1 tsp oil, add cumin seeds to it. Let it splutter then add dal paste to it.
  4. After frying take it out in a flat plate, spread it evenly to make a bed of it.
  5. With a knife cut cubes from the dal bed.
  6. Heat enough oil in a pan for deep frying. Fry the dal cubes and keep aside.
  7. In another pan heat 2 tsp oil and add cumin seed, bay leaf let it pop.
  8. Now add potatoes and fry them lightly.
  9. Add ginger paste, chili paste, tomato ketchup and all the dry spices mixed with water. Fry the masala well till the oil oozes out.
  10. Now add a cup of water, bring it to boil and add the dal cubes. Cook for couple of minutes, sprinkle garam masala powder, and serve it hot with rice / roti.

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