This traditional lentil dish is part of the Nawabi cuisine
Dalcha is a tasty and nutritious dish made from lentils and lauki. It is typically prepared with either meat or veggies or sometimes both. This Hyderabadi Dalcha is a simple and filling vegetarian stew from the Nizam's Cuisine that is typically served with biryani. This simple stew is a good one to try whether you serve it with dinner or eat it on its own. Dalcha is not sambhar, nor is it a regular dal or kurma. It is unique and wonderful because of the spices and seasonings. Serve dalcha with ridge gourd rice, jeera rice, bagara rice, or any biryani, such as rice with raw jackfruit.
The addition of tamarind pulp during the preparation of the meal gives dalcha a sour flavour as well. Hyderabadi khatti dal or dalcha is another Hyderabadi dal that is incomplete without the addition of tamarind. The main component in this recipe is tamarind pulp because the dish lacks flavour without the tart tamarind pulp. It is cooked on occasion and serves as a delicious side dish with special rice specialities.
For soaking the dal:
For making the dalcha: