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Dalcha (Mutton)

Recipe Category: Mutton, Non-veg side dishes
Author: Shaan Geo

Dalcha (Mutton)

Dalcha is a popular Indian side dish made from mutton and dal. It is usually served as a side dish for rice, biryani, pulao, chappathi etc. Dalcha is flavored with ginger, garlic and spices. Here you go with the recipe.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • Mutton ആട്ടിറച്ചി - 1 kg
  • Split bengal gram Chana dal / കടലപ്പരിപ്പ് - 1 Cup
  • Split green gram Moong dal / ചെറുപയറുപരിപ്പ് - ¼ Cup
  • Split red lentil Masoor dal / ചുവന്നപരിപ്പ് - ½ Cup
  • Tamarind pulp വാളന്‍പുളി പള്‍പ്പ് - 4 Table spoon
  • Coriander powder മല്ലിപ്പൊടി – 2+1 Table Spoon
  • Turmeric powder മഞ്ഞള്‍പൊടി - 1½ Tea spoon
  • Cumin powder ജീരകംപൊടി - 1 Tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds ജീരകം - 1 Tea spoon
  • Cinnamon കറുവാപ്പട്ട – 4 Inch piece
  • Clove ഗ്രാമ്പു - 10 Nos
  • Cardamom ഏലക്കാ - 8 Nos
  • Green chilli പച്ചമുളക് – 8 Nos
  • Ginger-Garlic paste ഇഞ്ചി-വെളുത്തുള്ളി അരച്ചത്‌ - 1 Table spoon
  • Garlic വെളുത്തുള്ളി - 15 Cloves
  • Onion സവോള - 4 Nos (medium size)
  • Coriander leaves മല്ലി ഇല - 4 Sprigs
  • Curry leaves കറിവേപ്പില - 2 Sprigs
  • Cooking oil എണ്ണ - 4 Table Spoon
  • Ghee നെയ്യ് - 4 Table spoon
  • Salt ഉപ്പ് – to taste


  • Cut mutton into small pieces, wash and drain it.
  • Chop onions, garlic (15 Cloves) and coriander leaves. Slit green chilli length wise.
  • Wash split bengal gram, split green gram, split red lentil. Soak in water for 30 minutes and drain it.
  • Pressure cook it by adding turmeric powder (½ tea spoon), salt and water (4 cups).
  • Mash it and keep aside.
  • Heat 4 table spoons of cooking oil in a vessel and put cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Stir it for few seconds and proceed to add ginger-garlic paste, green chilli and onion one after another. Saute it in a medium flame.
  • When it turns golden brown, put coriander powder (2 table spoon) and turmeric powder (1 tea spoon). Stir it for 1 minute. Add mutton, curry leaves and salt as needed. Increase the heat and stir it for 3 minutes. Add 4 cups of water, combine well and cook it covered till done. (When it starts boiling reduce the heat to medium).
  • Add the cooked and mashed dal (lentils) into the prepared mutton. Combine well and cook it for 5 minutes.
  • Heat 4 table spoons of ghee in a cooking pan. Reduce the heat to low and put cumin seeds. When it splutter, add chopped garlic and stir it for 1 minute. Put 1 table spoon of coriander powder and 1 tea spoon of cumin powder. Stir well for few seconds.
  • Add this to the prepared Dalcha along with the tamarind pulp and cook it for another 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


1) You can also prepare ‘dalcha’ with any one the of dal (preferably split bengal gram / chana dal).
2) Adjust the spices according to your taste.


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Author: Shaan Geo

According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me the passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

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4 comments on “Dalcha (Mutton)

4 stars
Thanks for the recipe. I will try it. Can please let me know the recipe of Vattayappam (soft).

5 stars
Great Mutton Dish…. Just perfect 🙂

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