Sunday, January 3, 2010


Dalcha is a  meat stew made with lentil and tamarind.. Used mutton ribs if possible since it is much tastier than using the meat. The lentil and mutton are boiled then added to the curry after the meat turns soft. In addition vegetables like brinjal, carrot, potato or green banana are used in cooking this dish. I would say the dalcha is almost a complete meal by itself. Green mango could be included if available to enhance the flavor thus giving slight tangy taste.  Adjust the chili powder to suit your taste. The dalcha tends to become thick when cool so dilute with hot water. Let's see what you need for preparing this healthy food.


400g mutton ribs cut into medium size pieces
1/2 cup toor dhal (soak 2-3 hours)
3 shallots sliced
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 big onion sliced
1 carrot cut into 1.5 inches length
2 potato cut into 4 each
2 eggplant split into half then cut each half into 3-4 pieces
2 tablespoons meat curry powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon tamarind mix with 1/2 cup water to obtain juice
3 tomato quartered
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 green chili slit
1 stick cinnamon
2 cardamoms
2 cloves
2 sprig curry leaves
1 small green mango cut
3 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
3-4 cups water
coriander leaves


1. Put mutton in a deep pot together with dhal, ginger, garlic, big onion, green chili, turmeric powder, curry leaves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and salt. Add water and boil until meat and dhal are cooked.

2. Add potato, carrot, eggplant, mango and cook until soft.

3. Now add coconut milk and tamarind juice, let it boil.

4. In a separate pan, heat oil, fry shallot until light brown, add meat curry powder, chili powder and curry leaves, cook until fragrant. Add tomato cook for 1 minute

5. Pour the fried spices including the oil into mutton pot, cover and cook for few minutes.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves at the time of serving.

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LOVE2COOK said...

Hi Sis, I'm already sitting at ur dining table! hehehe ;)

Treat and Trick said...

Thanks for coming...would you like to have dinner with me?

Christy said...

how yummy! thank you for linking this fabulous recipe to tuesday night supper club.

Treat and Trick said...

Christy..Thanks for hosting dear..