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Dalma – A dedication to all my friends from Odisha

 

I am fortunate to learn yoga under Ms.Saraswati Vasudevan from Yogavahini at Chennai. Its an excellent and blessed place to connect to the knowledge of Yoga  through various gurus in the lineage of the legendary yoga guru Sri Krishnamacharya. Life got me the blessing to learn here and also got me great friends for a life time.

Yogavahini conducted Yoga and wellness training for the employees of a corporate finance company across India in a record time in April and May 2016. 56 teachers traveled across India to various locations for the training. Fortunately  I also got the opportunity to conduct yoga and wellness workshops at 3 different locations in Odisha – Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and JajpurRoad, twice.

It was an extremely powerful experience for me. 5 days and touched 220 plus lives in ways I never did imagine. All the participants where men who work really hard travelling on the road in Odishas heat from morning till evening.

Making them aware of

  • the importance of Yoga to handle their stress levels and to maintain good health,
  • the  importance of eating healthy, if possible eating organic foods,  healthy lifestyle based on Ayurveda
  • the importance of avoiding the toxic chemicals in our everyday lives and in addition I also included tips on sustainable living that’s healthy for us and the planet.

It turned out to be a very emotional and touching experience for the participants and me too.

They had never engaged with their breath so deeply and had never experienced the effects of breath on their body and mind. I am not sure if all 200 of them will regularly practice what was taught but my duty was to sow the seeds of awareness. I surrender it to the Universe for the seeds to sprout and grow stronger when the situations are ideal.

Anyway I got to visit Sri Lingaraj Temple, Puri Jagannath ji Temple, Konark Sun Temple and Dauligiri in a whirlwind tour. Listening to Ashokas story as a Light show on that powerful place where he transformed to Non-violent person was more than what I had wished for.

I am ever grateful for the people I met, the rasagollas and santulas I ate, the two Odisha singers who just sang songs as a dedication to me, the historical sites I visited, the mindblowing kalinga architecture and more…

Here is the famous Odiya recipe for Dalma, a dedication to all the Odiya people I met in my trip J

 

dalma

Whats needed:-

  • 3/4 cup Toor dal
  • 1 tsp Ghee or Oil
  • couple of dried Red Chillies ( as per taste)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbs of Ginger grated or minced
  • 1 tspTurmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of Pancha-phutana (Cumin, Mustard, Fennel, Fenu greek, black cumin) seeds
  • 1 peeled Potato cut into large pieces
  • 1 big piece of  yellow Pumkin cut into large pcs
  • 1 large Brinjal  or 3-4 small ones cut into medium size pcs
  • 1 green Banana cut into medium size pcs
  • 1 small Papaya cut into medium size pcs
  • 2 Tbsp of grated Coconut
  • Salt to taste

HOW TO PREPARE (COOK) :-

  • Dry roast of cumin and red chilli in a pan and grind it fine. Set it aside
  • Pressure cook the dal for a whistle.
  • Then once the steam is released add salt, minced ginger, turmeric powder and all vegetables viz. potato, banana, pumpkin, brinjal and papaya and cook until vegetables become soft and tender say for two more whistles. Alternatively you could cook  in a pot for a longer time too.
  • Once the steam is released open and add grated coconut.
  • Take oil in the pan, heat it and add the seasonings, the panch-phutana . add it to the dal veggie mixture.
  • Sprinkle roasted cumin and chilli powder.
  • Decorate with grated coriander leaves (optional).
  • Serve with hot steamed Rice.

signing off with love

Koki

 

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