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How to make Dalcha

Dalcha is a dal made with different vegetables and served along with a spicy biryani. This is mostly made for nonveg biryani, while it does taste great with a vegetarian version as well.
Course Main Dish – Gravies
Cuisine Tamil Nadu
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
Occasion Weekend Special
By Diet Vegan
Dish Type Gravy Side Dishes
Author Srivalli


Vegetables Used

  • 1 cup Bottle Gourd chopped
  • 3 medium Brinjal chopped
  • 1 medium Carrot chopped
  • 5 medium Beans chopped
  • 1 medium Potato chopped
  • 1 medium Tomato chopped

Dals Used

  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 1/2 cup Chana Dal / Bengal gram

For the Paste

  • 1 tsp Coconut Paste
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Poppy Seeds /Gasa Gasa powder

For the Gravy

  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 marble size Tamarind

For Seasoning

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Curry Leaves handful


  • 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, and curry leaves.
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