Habisa dalma is a traditional Odia dish that is typically prepared during the holy month of Kartik. It is a hearty and wholesome dish that is made with mixed vegetables and lentils. Here’s a recipe for you to try:


  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (such as pumpkin, sweet potato, raw banana, yam, and eggplant), chopped
  • 1/2 cup split yellow pigeon peas (toor dal)
  • 1/2 cup split green gram (moong dal)
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large pot, combine the chopped mixed vegetables, split yellow pigeon peas, and split green gram. Add enough water to cover the ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer until the lentils and vegetables are cooked through.
  2. In a separate pan, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, and dried red chilies. Fry until fragrant.
  3. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and grated ginger to the pan. Fry until the onion has softened.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they have softened.
  5. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  6. Add the spice mixture to the pot of cooked lentils and vegetables. Stir gently to combine.
  7. Simmer the habisa dalma for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the flavors have melded together and the dish has thickened to your desired consistency.
  8. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with steamed rice.

Enjoy the hearty and flavorful habisa dalma, a traditional Odia dish that is perfect for any occasion!