Phala (pronounced as phaLa as in fruit in Marathi). This was called poor man’s fruit because in the olden days poor people could not afford fruits. So the story is that they used to make this “phala” and eat those as fruits. It is too tasty and the key is that it should be steaming hot – should not be eaten even 10 minutes after cooking – eat immediately!


2 cups Wheat flour,  1 cup toor dal, salt to taste, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon masale khara, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, 4-6 curry leaves, coriander (cilantro), ½ lemon and jaggery.


  • Prepare dough with wheat flour adding little salt and 1 tea spoon oil (exactly like chapatti dough) and keep aside.
  • Cook tur dal in pressure cooker for 7 minutes after attaining the maximum pressure.
  • Season it in a vessel with oil, curry leaves, cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  • Add masale khara, salt, lemon and little jaggery.
  • Add water to obtain curry (saar) consistency and boil on low fire.
  • Roll the wheat dough to make thick chapati ( 1 and 1/2 times the regular chapatti size).
  • Cut it into small rectangular pieces ( around 1″ by 1″ size).
  • Put these pieces in the boiling dal.
  • Add fresh chopped coriander (cilantro) and cook for 5 minutes.

Typically Served With:

Meals – served hot with ghee on top. 


One Response

  1. HI
    great site!!!!!!! reading all the recipes I am feeling like running back to India and have all these cooked by mom and ajji. I make these at home. I am also from dharwad but staying in Dubai.
    This recipe, we call Karagadabu and I lovvvvvvve it.
    Its reallllllly very tasty and filling.
    Thanks for all the recipes.
    Keep it up.

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