Living in Consciousness ~ Indi(r)a’s Food and Garden Weblog


Chari Phutana and Dried Red Chillies
Chillies and Chari Phutana (Cumin, Fennel, Fenugreek and Mustard Seeds)

Dalma is a popular Oriya comfort food, and prepared with dal-vegetable combination. In dalma, the demure dal becomes dashing, due to a special spice-mix called chari phutana. You know how sunshine can cure winter blues? The chari phutana is the sunshine for this dal-dalma. While preparing Dalma, I realized the reason for the recent negative outburst on my website. Winter blues! No wonder people are cranky. I can’t wait for the spring and sunshine to get here.

Dalma recipe is courtesy of doctor, food writer and nutritional expert, the lovely Nandita of Saffron Trial. You can find her recipe and my photos in January edition of Men’s Health India magazine. I would like to thank Nandita, and Tithi Sarkar, the sub-editor of Men’s Health India for contacting and giving me this photo opportunity.

Dalma with Ruby Red Grapefruits
Dalma with Rice, and Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice ~ to Ease the Winter Blues

~ Indira

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Arati Kaaya (Plantain),Chana Dal,Potato,Toor Dal,Vankaya (Brinjal) (Friday February 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm- permalink)
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  1. Hi Indira,

    a warm hello to you after a long time…I hope you are well.

    take care,
    The Spice Who Loved Me

    Dear Trupti, it’s so good to hear from you. I hope you and family are doing great. I will email you this weekend. Take care.

    Comment by Trupti — March 12, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  2. Hi Indira,
    A huge huge fan of your recipes. I am a kannadiga brought up in Maharashtra, and my close friend and neighbor was from Andra. So I simply LOVE andra food, your recipes are just perfect for me.

    We are expecting our 2nd baby and I am gestational diabetic, again. I am trying to get different recipes with chana dal since it has low glycemic index.
    I would really appreciate if you could email me the recipe for Dal Dalma, I am unable to find it on Saffron Trail or in the link.

    Thanks in advance,

    Comment by Jayashree — March 16, 2008 @ 6:56 am

  3. I am from australia and cannot get this magazine. Can you please email me this delightful recipe?
    Many thanks.

    Comment by Craig — April 15, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  4. Wonderful …..

    Comment by google street view — December 17, 2018 @ 11:32 pm

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