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Jackfruit Dalma: Flavour of Odisha

By Sanchita

Dalma is a very famous vegetarian recipe from the state of Odisha. It is an absolutely simple and fuss free dal recipe to try during the summer season. Dalma is basically cooked with a lot of vegetables such as unripe papaya, unripe banana etc. But we can always make variations depending on the availability of vegetables and since jackfruit is found abundantly during this season, we have used it with other vegetables to prepare this exotic recipe of jackfruit dalma.

The most important part of preparing dalma is the seasoning. The mix of authentic spices add a very different and mouthwatering flavour to the recipe. The low oil and spice content makes it a delight for the calorie conscious and those suffering from high blood pressure.

Jackfruit Dalma: Flavour of Odisha

So, try this delicious recipe of jackfruit dalma and give a classic treat to yourself and your family.

Serves: 3-4

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • Unripe jackfruit- 1 (medium, cut into cubes)
  • Potato- 2 (cut into cubes)
  • Pumpkin- 250 grams (medium, cut into cubes)
  • Brinjal- 1 (medium size, cut into cubes)
  • Tomato- 1 (big, diced)
  • Ginger- 1tsp (grated)
  • Moong dal- 1½ cup
  • Bay leaf- 1
  • Hing (asafoetida)- a pinch
  • Cumin seeds- 1½ tsp
  • Onion seeds- ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds- ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds- ½ tsp
  • Fennel seeds- ½ tsp
  • Dry red chillies- 2
  • Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  • Garam masala powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Ghee- 1tsp
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Coriander leaves- 2tsp (chopped for garnish)


  1. Soak the dal for 30 minutes. After thatm drain the water and add all the vegetables along with bay leaf, ginger, water and pressure cook it for 3 whistles on medium flame. Once done, keep it aside.
  2. Heat a pan and dry roast 1tsp of cumin seeds and the dry red chilies for about a minute. Let it cool and then grind it in the mixer to form a fine powder. Keep it aside.
  3. Make 'panch foran' by mixing half teaspoon each of cumin seeds, onion seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds together. Keep it aside.
  4. Now heat ghee in a pan. Add hing, the panch foran you prepared and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Now pour the cooked dal and vegetables into the pan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add turmeric powder, prepared roasted cumin-red chilli powder, salt, garam masala powder and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Your jackfruit dalma is ready to be served. Serve hot with steamed rice.