Dalcha Recipe - Chalna / Salna Recipe | Side dish for Biryani

Dalcha Recipe
Dalcha(Chalna) - A popular side dish for biryani...The first time I tasted dalcha was at my perimmas place at trichy, I loved it so much. It is usually served with kuska biryani , veg biryani, nonveg biryani etc. I promised to post this recipe when I posted chiccken biryani but time had other plans for me, but now I am finally here with the recipe....This is a vegetarian version of chalna recipe, chek my notes to make nonveg version.
Chalna for Biryani Recipe

Dalcha for Biryani Recipe - Ingredients

Toor Dal - 1/4 cup heaped
Chana Dal - 4 tbsp
Big Onion - 1 chopped finely
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1.5 tsp
Brinjals - 5 cut into four
Raw Mango - 1 small cut into pieces
Tomato - 1 chopped roughly
Red Chilli powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - just to garnish
Salt - taste
Oil - 2 to 3 tsp

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves -1 sprig
Green Chillies - 1 slitted
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Bayleaf - 1/2


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker - add the items under 'to temper' let it splutter then add onion, ginger garlic paste saute till slightly browned.Then add chopped tomato saute till mushy and raw smell leaves.Then add red chilli,coriander powders, required salt and mix well.Dalcha Recipe Recipe - Step1
  2. Add the dals, give a quick stir add about 1 cup of water and pressure cook 4-5 whistles.The dals should be mushy.Keep aside.Dalcha Recipe - Step2
  3. In a pan heat oil, saute the brinjals until golden brown and is halfcooked., set aside.Transfer the dal mixture to a pan and heat it up. Add water if the mixture is too thick...Once it starts boiling add the brinjals.Dalcha Recipe - Step3
  4. Add raw mango pieces, allow it boil. Cook covered until both the veggies turn soft.Once the veggies are cooked add tamarind water and let it for one boil then garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.Dalcha Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with biryani!
Dalcha Recipe

My Notes:

Chalna for Biryani Recipe
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