Ol er Dalna | Bengali Yam Curry Recipe

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Ol er Dalna is an easy and delicious Bengali vegetarian dish made with Yams, also known as Elephant Foot, Suran, or Jimikand. It is a no-onion & no-garlic Bengali niramish recipe served with Rice for lunch.

ol er dalna niramish recipe

If you haven’t tried Yam or Elephant Foot yet then you are definitely missing out on it!

This Ol er Dalna is an authentic Bengali recipe where the Elephant Foot or Yams are cooked in a simple gravy with a handful of spices, small pieces of Coconut and is often served with a wedge of lime and rice.

How to make Ol er Dalna – Ingredients list

Learn how to make this niramish Bengali recipe of Ol er Dalna, one of the popular recipes from Bengali cuisine for everyday cooking.

  • Ol or Elephant Foot or Yam
  • Coconut
  • Mustard Oil
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Hing or Asafoetida
  • Bay Leaf
  • Ginger
  • Cumin Powder
  • Green Chilli

Special Instructions

Before you start prepping an Elephant Foot or Yams, wear gloves if you are allergic to them. It doesn’t happen with everybody but my hands start getting itchy the moment I start peeling the skin off.

In case it is your first time handling yams and you realize that your palms are itchy as you handle this vegetable, wash your hands nicely and rub some lemon juice. The itchiness should wear off in a few minutes. Proceed with latex gloves on.

If these yams make your palms itchy then it would definitely make your throat and mouth itchy as well. So I would recommend you to boil the yams in water with some salt in it and then discard that water afterwards.

Also, it is very important to add a bit of an acid (in the form of lemon juice) to the dish in the end so that it doesn’t cause any discomfort while eating.

What is a Dalna in Bengali cooking?

It is a very common question where people often wonder about the term Dalna. Essentially, Dalnas are Bengali Recipes which are often cooked without onion and garlic. It is often a curry-based dish which is made with a combination of ada-jeere-gorom moshla, i.e. ginger, cumin seeds & Bengali garam masala. Another important addition of dalnas is of potatoes. Often cut in smaller cubes, it adds bulk to the dish.

Is Dalna vegetarian?

Most of the dalna recipes are niramish, i.e. they are vegetarian in terms of Bengali cooking as they are cooked without onion and garlic. The Dimer Dalna is however an exception which is a Bengali egg curry cooked with onion, garlic, ginger & potatoes.

Here are few Bengali Dalna recipes from my Blog

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Ol er Dalna | Bengali Yam Curry Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Ol er Dalna is an easy and delicious Bengali vegetarian dish made with Yams, also known as Elephant Foot, Suran, or Jimikand. It is a no-onion & no-garlic Bengali niramish recipe served with Rice for lunch.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Bengali Vegetarian Recipes, Elephant Foot Recipes, Niramish Ranna, Yam Recipes
Servings: 2 people
  • 500 gms Ol/Elephant Foot/Yam/Suran/Jimikand
  • 2 tbsp Coconut pieces
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • A pinch of Hing or Asafoetida
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 tbsp Grated Ginger
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Powder
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • Lemon Juice
  1. Peel the yam and cut it into small cubes. Wash it well and boil it with some water and salt. Discard the water and keep it aside.

  2. Heat oil in a pan and temper it with dried bay leaf, hing, cumin seeds and green chilli. You may slice it up for more heat.

  3. Now add the cooked yams and stir.

  4. Add chopped coconut, grated ginger, cumin seeds powder, turmeric powder and sugar. Add 1/4th cup of water to allow the spices to mix up nicely.

  5. Allow it to simmer on low heat with the lid on. Once the yams have been cooked nicely, add the ghee.

  6. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. Give it a good mix and serve.

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Indian Food Blogger Priyanka Bhattacharya

Hi! I’m Priyanka!

A passionate home cook and food lover who loves nothing more than sharing my favourite recipes with the world.


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