Kaddu ki Dalcha (Sorakaya Masala Kura)

Recipe Marathon - Day 5

I saw the recipe for this dalcha in Eenadu which is a telugu newspaper. Recipe was actually for a pumpkin dalcha, but I used regular kaddu (sorakaya/ bottle gourd) instead. Also I have to admit that I didn’t know dalcha is a Hyderabadi dish (I AM from Hyderabad.. just so you know) and I thought it could be either a Bengali or Rajasthani dish until I googled and found out.

Dalcha has cooked & liquidized chana dal base which is seasoned with spices and the main ingredient could either be a veggie or meat.

Kaddu ki Dalcha (Sorakaya Masala Kura)
Recipe Marathon - Day 5 I saw the recipe for this dalcha in Eenadu which is a telugu newspaper. Recipe was actually for a pumpkin dalcha, but I used regular kaddu (sorakaya/ bottle gourd) instead. Also I have to admit that I didn’t know dalcha is a Hyderabadi dish (I AM from Hyderabad.. just so you ...

Kaddu ki Dalcha

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisinehyderabadi
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M

Ingredients

Kaddu (Sorakaya/ Bottle gourd) – medium, diced (about 3-4 cups)
1
Chana dal
2/3 cup
Onion – medium, chopped
1
Tomato – medium, chopped
2
Tamarind paste
2tsps
Ginger + garlic paste
1tsp
Mustard & Cumin seeds
1tsp
Red chili powder
1tsp
Turmeric
a pinch
Ground cinnamon
½ tsp
Ground Cardamom (Elaichi powder)
½ tsp
Jaggery (Bellam) or Brown Sugar
2tsps
Green chilies – slit vertically
4

Steps

  1. Pressure cook dal until soft (the more the whistles, the better). Blend it with tamarind paste and 1 cup of water. Keep aside.
  2. Heat 2tbsp oil in a large pan; add mustard seeds & cumin seeds and once they start to splutter add onions and sauté till translucent.
  3. Add g+g paste and sauté for another minute. Next add chopped bottle gourd; cover and cook till the veggie is tender, about 12-15minutes.
  4. Then add tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric, cover and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  5. Add the chana dal, ground cinnamon, cardamom (elaichi), jiggery, green chilies, salt and 1 cup water. Simmer the mixture for 5-10 minutes so all the flavors mingle together.
Kaddu ki Dalcha (Sorakaya Masala Kura)
Serve with rice or roti. It tasted much better the next day.
Kaddu ki Dalcha (Sorakaya Masala Kura)
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