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Bottlegourd Dalcha

 Dalcha is Prepared in many ways,It is a stew with Meat,Vegetable and Lentils slightly spicy and Tangy.A perfect side dish for Biryani.And Sometimes done only with Brinjals and Bottle gourd with Chana dal too is a great tasting Dish.Now tried with only Bottle gourd with combination of ToorDal and Chana Dal….A delicious dish which goes well with even white rice and any fry.


Toor dal/Kandi pappu – 1/2 cup

Chana Dal/Pachhi senaga Pappu – 1cup

Bottle Gourd/Sorakai/Kaddu – Peeled and cut into semi circles – 1 big bowl

Onion – 1 large – chopped

Green chillies – 5

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Cinnamon/Dalchina Chakka – 2 ” piece

Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/6 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 3 tsps

Red chillies Dry – 2 slit

Tomatoes – 1 large sliced

Tamarind – small lemon size soak and squeeze juice and keep

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Fresh Coriander and Mint leaves – 1 cup chopped


Step – 1

Wash and boil the dals together with a tsp of oil in a pressure cooker till done and keep.

Heat another pan and add oil,as it gets heated drop in the cinnamon piece,red chillies,stir and add chopped onion,green chillies,curry leaves and fry well.

Now add the ginger garlic paste and fry till slightly brown,then add the bottlegourd pieces and saute for 4-5 mins,and sprinkle the red chilli,turmeric,coriander powders and salt and combine well.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cover few mins on low ,as you can see oil coming off add 2 cups of water and cook till veggies are soft.

Now add the cooked and mashed dals to the pan along with the tamarind juice and bring to a boil.

Add garam masal and chopped fresh herbs and adjust the salt and any water to required consistency and simmer 3-4 mind and turn off heat.

The Tasty Biryani Side Dish Is Ready To Go..The fresh herbs gives this dish a unique flavour.

Serve with Chicken or Mutton Biryani or Any Rice Specials…


Comments on: "Bottlegourd Dalcha/Biryani Side Dish" (2)

  1. I made this, it is the best and closest one I found to the biryani side dish I enjoyed as a child in Bangalore at muslim weddings

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