BENGALI Dhokar Dalna

Bengali cuisine is well-known for the vast range of rice dishes and various preparations of fresh water fish. Bengali cuisine is rich and varied with the use of many specialized spices and flavours.
“Dhoka” in Bengali or Hindi actually means a sham, an act of cheating someone. When it comes to food however the word “Dhoka” in Bengali came from I guess “Dhokla” in Gujarati. Dhokar Dalna is a part of traditional Bengali cuisine and also one of the recipe that i have learnt from my Mother in law. Dhokas are the refried chana dal patties and Dalna can be dry or have a stew like consistency and is made from onions, tomato or coconuts.

  • 200 gms Chana Dal / Cholar dal
  • 1 big Potato, cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, finely chopped {Optional : In the original recipe, onions are not added.}
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Curd
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 4-5 Green chilies
  • Garam masala(1-2 Bay leaves, Cinamon, Cardomoms & Cloves )
  • 1tbsp Ghee
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt to taste.
  1. Wash and soak chana dal overnight.
  2. Grind chana dal with little ginger, salt & green chili.
  3. Heat oil in a pan & add chana dal paste. Fry till moisture dries off. Spread the mixture in a greased plate and leave uncovered for 10 minutes. Cut in diamond shapes & fry in deep oil till golden brown and keep aside.

  1. Fry potato till brown and keep them aside.
  2. In the same oil add the garam masala, chopped onions, green chilis, ginger paste, turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander-cumin powder, salt & curd. Fry till leaves oil. Add water, fried potato & boil.
  3. Add already fried dhoklas & cook for 2 minutes. Add ghee & garam masala.
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Anshu Bhatnagar


  1. Thanks for this recipe. I am copying what you have made with changes of course to suit our tastes. I will be posting it on my space. I you do not mind.
    I am guest hosting Healthy Salads till the 31st May ‘2013. Do send me your entries

  2. Thanks to your recipe I made lovely dhokar. Posting it today at my site. Please check it out when you have the time.
    I am guest hosting Healthy Salads till the 11th June ‘2013. Do send me your entries

  3. Scrumptious dhokar dalna. Haven't had it for a while.

    I did a round up of recipes for the Bengali new year and included this recipe. Thank you for sharing.


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