Dhalsa or dhal salna is a unique and tasty side dish served along with the fabulous biryani during Muslim festivals (in my home town). Dhalsa is a thick curry made of toor dhal and mutton. I have seen people using brinjal instead of meat too. That will also taste great.
I got introduced to this dhalsa recipe through my mom's friends. After that we too started making it at home:)
|Mutton dhalsa served with chicken biryani and carrot raita.|
To pressure cook:Toor dhal (red gram / thuvaram paruppu) - 3/4 cup
goat meat (with bones) - 100 gms
turmeric - 1/4 tsp
green chilly - 6
water - enough to cover
unripe mango (chopped)- 1 small size
tomato - 2
brinjal - 6 (small)
shallot - 4
ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
mint leaf + cilantro - a handful
sesame oil - 1 tbsp
sambar powder - 1 tsp
shredded coconut - 1 tbsp
mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
curry leaves - 1 brig
salt - to taste
Method:Soak the toor dhal for 1/2 an hour.
Cook dhal and meat along with the items given to pressure cook in a pressure cooker with weight for 5 whistles. After the pressure gets released, mash the dhal and chillies gently without disturbing the meat. Add the sambar powder and keep aside.
In the mean time, wash and clean the vegetables. Cut them into big size pieces. In a separate vessel put the brinjal, mango, tomato, 1 cup water, salt and cook completely.
Now heat a wok with the oil. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Then goes the curry leaves, finely chopped shallot and fry till the onion gets a golden brown color.
Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell vanishes.
Pour the cooked vegetables and mashed dhal + meat. Bring it to a boil. Add the shredded coconut, minced cilantro + mint leaf and switch off.
Mutton dhalsa is ready!
Serving suggestion:Serve as side dish with biryani or pulao.
This curry should be thick.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.