Dhokar dalna

This is a traditional recipe of West Bengal .The name "Dhoka" meaning in Bengali or Hindi is deception. This is actually a lentil curry but made in a very unusual way.
Course Main Course, vegetarian
Cuisine Bengali, East Indian, Indian
Keyword bengali cuisine, bong connection, delicious, food porn, vegan
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 3 persons
Author indrani



  • 2 cups Chana dal or Bengal gram dal soaked for minimum 4 to 5 hours
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • 1/2 tbsp. Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. Red chilly powder
  • 1 tbsp. Ginger grated
  • 2 Green chilies chopped finely

For gravy

  • 2 Potatoes cut into big pieces optional
  • 1 Onion grated
  • 2 tbsp. Ginger paste
  • 1/2 tbsp. Cumin whole
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp. Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. Red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. All spice powder
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Oil
  • Salt to taste



  1. Grind the soaked lentils
  2. In a wok add 2 to 3 tbsp of oil,add cumin and asafoetida(hing)and ginger,chilly paste and stir
  3. Add the lentil paste and stir thoroughly.
  4. Add salt and 1 tbsp. of sugar to taste. If you want to customize and add some herbs ,go ahead and do it. any variationn will taste great.
  5. Stir till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  6. Now grease a plate and spread this hot mixture slowly pressing with palms.
  7. Allow it to cool.
  8. Cut this into diamond shaped pieces.
  9. In the wok take 1 cup of oil and heat it for frying.
  10. Deep fry these pieces one by one.
  11. Your Dhoka is ready, you can serve these as a starter now.

Making dalna

  1. you can make your own variation for the gravy.
  2. Deep fry or boil the potato pieces.
  3. Add a tbsp. of oil and heat in.
  4. Add cumin whole into it and bay leaves.
  5. Add onion and ginger paste.
  6. Add turmeric, cumin powder and stir.
  7. Add a cup of water allow to cook on low flame.
  8. Add the potatoes and cook till they are soft.
  9. At last add the "Dhokas" and cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Add all spice powder .

  11. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.