So you hear the word Dudhi and you think no ways not today.. that happens with me and my husband too..so you buy it but cannot figure out why you did. The other day i ran out of vegetables in my fridge and only thing peeping out of it was dudhi. The moment i saw it i was like please no there has to be some option. So after thinking for a while thought of mixing it with masoor dal and i made a spicy masoor dal with dudhi in disguise and we both liked it.
After few days when i was going through some traditional hyderabadi cuisine i came across a dish called Dalcha. Now i kept wondering wow i discovered this dish without knowing there is a delicacy that already exist. This time i followed the recipe from a book but did some variations of my own. Like skipping the tamarind part and bringing in the sour flavour using tomatoes and lemon.
traditionally this recipe is made with red lentils ie masoor dal and chana dal and for nonvegeterians mutton is used. Mostly had with naan or chapati but i have made this version with bottlegourd and had rice as an accomplishment.
so here you have my version Dudhi ka Dalcha.
1/2 cup Red lentils (masoor dal)
1/2 cup tur dal
1/2 cup moong dal
handful of peanuts
red chilli powder
garam masala powder
half bottlegourd peeled and cut into small pieces
2 tspoon oil
half a lemon
fenugreek seed meethi(1/2 tspoon)
cumin seeds (jeera) (1/2 tspoon)
4 chopped garlic
1 chopped green chili and 1 whole red chilly
Wash the dals and peanuts properly add turmeric powder, half tspoon red chilli powder, salt and pressure cook till its done fry sliced onions, add grated ginger in a kadai add tomatoes red chili powder and garam masala powder as per taste. once the onions and tomatoes are cooked add the bottlegourd pieces and simmer it till its half cooked. mix the mixture with the dals and adjust the salt and spices according to your taste.
heat 2 tspoon ghee, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, sliced garlic, white til, 1 green chopped chili, curry leaves and whole red chilli .. once the garlic starts turning brown mix it with the dal.
let the dalcha simmer for sometime till the dudhi is perfectly done. you can also add lemon to bring the tangy taste.
Dalcha has a very rich flavour which can be either had with naan(indian bread) or rice.