Turn Your Dull Day Around With This Amazing Dalca Recipe

Credit: americanmoments.net

There’s nothing like a pick-me-up dish on a dull day
like a mountain of briyani covered in glorious DALCHA



  • 2 tablespoons of Ghee
  • 2 tablespoons of Cooking oil
  • 1 kg of Lamb chops
    *can use other kinds of meat or vege
  • 5 potatoes (cut half)
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 carrots (cut into 1 cm chunks and halved lengthwise)
  • 2 round aubergines (cut into 1 cm wedges)
  • 4 whole green chilies
  • 1 large bunch of mint leaves
  • 2 loaves of garlic
  • 15g of ginger
  • garlic**
  • ginger **
    **blended to marinade meat 
  • Santan (pressed from flesh of whole coconut)
  • 5 shallots***
  • 2 large onions***
    ***shallots and onions sliced finely
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 4 staranise
  • 3 stalks of curry leaves
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of boiled yellow split dhal
  • 2 tablespoon of fish curry powder
  • asam jawa juice
  • salt and sugar (to taste)



  1. Heat ghee and oil in a pot. Once hot, add in curry leaves and whole spices until crackling and then the sliced onions.
  2. Fry until caramelised around the edges. Add the lamb chops in.
  3. Stir and leave for 15 minutes.
  4. Add in cut potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes.
  5. Boil the broth until potatoes and lamb chops become tender.
  6. Add fish curry powder (braise separately in oil first with 1 sliced shallot). Later, add in 1 teaspoon of  salt as seasoning.
  7. Add 1/2 cup of asam jawa juice. Leave broth to boil for 10 minutes.
  8. Add in the santan. Boil for 10 minutes.
  9. Add in dhal a little at a time until broth has a nice flowing consistency.
  10. Garnish with mint leaves and serve with a steaming plate of nasi briyani.





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