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Dhokar Dalna

4.20 from 6 votes

A typical bengali dish made in bengali homes, crispy fried cakes made out of chana Dal in a spicy tangy curry.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsDinner, Lunch
Servings 4


  • Chana dal bengali gram - 1 cup
  • Kalaunji onion seeds - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes chopped - 2
  • Garam masala powder - 1/4 th tsp made of cloves+ cinnamon+ cardamom in equal ratio
  • Dry red chillies - 2
  • Salt
  • Refined oil


  • Soak the Chana dal (bengal gram) overnight.
  • Drain them and blend them in a mixer grinder with very little water.
  • Heat a nonstick kadhai with little oil.
  • Add kalaunji (onion seeds) and once they splutter, add the Chana dal paste and salt.
  • Cook till the mixture is Dry and becomes doughy.
  • Pour the mixture on a flat surface and flatten it.
  • Cut it into diamond shapes and deep fry the pieces and keep aside.
  • Heat another kadhai with very little oil.
  • Add dry red chillies and jeera.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir.
  • Cook till they are mushy and then add the ginger paste.
  • Stir and then add the powdered masalas, salt.
  • Cook till the masala leaves oil.
  • Add water and bring upto boil.
  • Then add the fried dhokas. Serve.

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Sreemoyee Bhattacharjee
Sreemoyee Bhattacharjee

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