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Dhokar Dalna Recipe | A lesson in Lentil Cakes | Special Bengali Dish

Updated on January 31, 2014
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Lentil Cake Curry
Lentil Cake Curry | Source

I just feel low these days and always my mom's face is coming in front of my eyes. But there is no option to go to my Mom's place right now.Everyday I talk to her for several hours, but still I miss her, I miss each and every small thing about her. And I have a sweet little princess with me always. She creates so many troubles for me and engaging me whole the day.and I just forgot when I feel I what?

Today I am sharing a masterpiece of Bengali Dish. This is the most tasty mom's hand made dish for me.I remember, in my childhood days, when I was just waiting and had a huge craving for this dish for my lunch.

Dhokar Dalna is a dish prepared from Chana Dal/Bengal Grams soaked in mouth watering Bengali style curry. This delicious recipe is basically a traditional Bengali dish. In most of the Bengali’s weekly menu card, those found a space. It looks gorgeous after serving and attracts attention of your non-Bengali guests. I learnt this recipe from my mom. Today, I would like to share this particular recipe for my non- Bengali friends, hoping that Bengalis are fully aware of the fact of making this dish.

Dhokar Dalna....Lentil Cake Curry Recipe
Dhokar Dalna....Lentil Cake Curry Recipe | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 3 people


  • 1 Cup Bengal Gram/Cholar Daal, Soaked in water overnight
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 4-5 Green Chili
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chilli, Powdered
  • 3-4 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • To Taste Salt and Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 2l Potatoes, chopped into eight pieces
  • 1 tbsp Rosted Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Bayleave
  • 2-3 Cardamoms
  • 1/2 inch Chinamon
  • 1 tbsp Yogurt
  • 1 Tomato, Chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seed
The paste of Bengal Grams
The paste of Bengal Grams

How to make Dhoka/ Lentil Cakes

## Drain the excess water from the lentil and grind with 2 green chili,1/2 tbsp roasted cumin powder,1/2 tbsp garam masala powder,1/2 tbsp ginger paste, salt and sugar (as per taste). Make a paste.

## Heat a pan. Put the paste in the Pan (without oil). Stir continuously on low flame. Cook for 5 mins or less (until the mix comes off).

## Lentil should be cooked and soft (not hard). Pour the mixture on a spread plate and pat it using your hand to form a flat structure (while the mixture is warm).

## Cut into square or diamond shape using a knife.

## Heat oil in a pan and fry the lentil cakes for a while (until golden brown color comes in both sides).Keep them aside.

Note: The remaining mixture left in pan, remove using water and keep the water mixture for later use of making gravy.

The Lentil cakes are Ready
The Lentil cakes are Ready

How to make Dhokar Dalna

  1. Heat Oil in a pan and fry the potatoes first.Fry till they become slight brown.Keep them separate..
  2. Now put some oil and add bay leaves, red chili, cardamoms, cinnamons,1 tbsp cumin seeds.Saute it for sometimes and add ginger garlic paste.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, sugar, salt, red chili powder,cumin powder and green chili.Stir well to mix them properly.
  4. Cover the pan sometimes (3 mins).Open the cover and check whether the tomatoes are smahed properly or not.Add yogurt and mix well.
  5. Add the potatoes and mix with the curry mixture.Cook for 5-7 mins till the oils comes out.
  6. Add water (with additional excess water mixture, mentioned in above NOTE) and cover for some time. Check meanwhile whether the potatoes are done.
  7. When the potatoes are boiled properly add lentil cakes and cover for 3 mis.
  8. Add ghee and rosted Garam Masala Powder.Stir well
  9. DHOKAR DALNA is ready to serve. Serve it with plain rice and Enjoy.

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      Rimi rahman 

      4 years ago

      Good job

    • M K Paul profile imageAUTHOR

      M K Paul 

      4 years ago from India

      Thanks VVan...Yes, it is a speciality of Bengal...Try..Hope u'll like

    • VVanNess profile image

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      This looks very interesting. I never would have thought to use lentils like this. I'll have to give it a try!

    • M K Paul profile imageAUTHOR

      M K Paul 

      4 years ago from India

      Thanks Chitrangada..You always inspired me :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I also prepare this delicacy. Well done with an emotional touch as you related your mother' s connection.

      Nice and delicious hub! Thanks!


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