Dalcha is a famous curry in hyderabad which is the combination of mutton and channa dal.A vegetarian version of dalcha is the combination of Kaddu and channa dal known as kaddu ka dalcha is also very famous in hyderabadi cusine.I first ate this at muslim weddings and after my marriage i ate this at my in-laws place.My m-law makes wonderful dalcha and i am writing down her recipe which i very frequently make at home.Here goes her recipe:-
Lamb mutton with bones 250 gms
Channa dal 500 gms
Kaddu/Sorakaya/Bottle gourd small chopped into big pcs
Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
Tamarind half of lemon (medium size)
Onions chopped 2
Green chillies 3
Curry leaves few
Red chilly powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Cinammom 1" pc
Shahi zeera 1/2tsp
Make a smooth powder of the above masala
Marinate mutton with salt,turmeric,red chilly powder and ginger garlic paste and set aside for 1 hour.
Soak channa dal for 1 hour and pressure cook until soft.And mash the dal.
In a pan take oil when hot add onions and green chillies.Fry till onions are golden brown in colour.
Add marinated mutton and kaddu pcs.Saute for 3-4 minutes.
Now add the masala powder and mix thoroughly.
Cook mutton till soft.I used pressure cooker to soften the mutton.If using pressure cooker add enough water and pressure cook till mutton is soft.
When mutton is fully cooked add mashed channa dal,tamarind juice and curry leaves.
Mix throughly and cook for another 2-3 minutes till the curry is thick enough.
Serve hot with rice or parathas.