Dhokar dalna/Spiced lentil cake curry

This is a authentic Bengali dish. Even though it is a no onion, no garlic dish the delicacy is rich in flavour and taste.I always try different type of curries with different vegetables but preparing this with yellow split pea lentil/ chana dal is one of the best one.

Type: curry

Time: 35-40 minutes

Serve: 4


  • 1 1/2 cup chana dal or yellow split pea lentil soaked overnight
  • 1 inch ginger(whole) +1 1/2 inch ginger( paste)
  • 2 whole green chillies+3 whole green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp onion seed( kalo jeere)
  • 1 tsp fennel seed( mouri)
  • 1 tsp whole cumin( gota jeere)
  • For spice paste (1 tbs cumin powder, 1tbs coriander powder, 1 tbs red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder,3 tbs water)
  • 1 large tomato roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs whole spice crushed (1/2 cinnamon stick,3 green cardamom, 2 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water for the curry
  • 2 medium sized potatoes quarter sized diced
  • Salt to taste


  • In a grinder make a coarse paste of the lentil,1 inch ginger,2 whole green
  • In a frying pan add 2 tbs mustard oil onion seeds and fennel seed and allow it to splatter
  • Add the lentil paste
  • Fry it in a texture that will be moist to touch
  • Now spread it in a plate allow it to dry
  • Cut them with a oiled knife into diamond shape cakes( any shape of your choice)
  • Now again add some oil and fry the lentil cakes
  • Keep them aside
  • In that oil fry the potatoes with some salt and turmeric powder
  • Keep them aside
  • Now add some whole cumin and the ginger and the chillies
  • When aroma comes add the ginger paste
  • And after some Frying add the tomatoes and spice paste
  • Cook until oil separates
  • Add some hot water to make the curry
  • Now add the fried potatoes and bring it to boil
  • Simmer the curry until the potatoes soften
  • Now add the lentil cakes because if you add it before then it might break
  • Add the whole spice and cover it again allow to simmer for 10 minutes

Your Spiced lentil curry or Dhokar dalna is now ready

Enjoy this curry with some steamed rice.

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