Amti Dal

Amti Dal- A Maharashtrian Recipe

We love pulses, and not only because they are tasty, but also they are loaded with the goodness of proteins and minerals. In India, we get a whole variety of pulses and each state has its own special dal. Also, different regions in India make different types of recipes with pulses like dal makhani, dal tadka, dal palak, and one of the most amazing dal recipes that we are going to share today- Amti Maharashtrian dal.

This dal is easy to make and also, a bonus for you all, it is very healthy, let me repeat it, it is very healthy. For this dal, you need chana dal (Bengal gram dal), peanuts, cashew (as per choice), arbi leaves, coconut, and tamarind pulp. The list of ingredients itself is very interesting and brimming with nutrients.

Let’s dig into the recipe really quickly!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Serving: 3

Ingredients to make Maharashtrian Amti Dal:

Chana dal (Bengal gram dal)- 1 katori

Arbi leaves (Colocasia leaves)- 1 bowl (chopped) (can also add beetroot leaves and spinach along with arbi leaves)

Besan- 1 tablespoon

Peanuts: handful

Cashew nuts: a handful

Coconut: 2 tablespoons (grated)

Tamarind pulp: 2 tablespoons

Goda masala: 2 tablespoons

Green chili: 1-2 (chopped)

Curry leaves: ¼ cup

Jaggery: ½ tsp

Mustard seeds: ¼ tsp

Cumin Seeds (Jeera): ¼ tsp

Fenugreek seeds (methi): ¼ tsp

Turmeric, Dhaniya, Red chili powder, and salt: as per taste

Oil: 1-2 tsp

Also learn how to make Dal palak!

Method of preparation to make Amti Dal:

1 Firstly, soak a handful of chana dal, a few cashew pieces, and a few peanuts in hot water for about 20-30 mins.

2 Meanwhile, clean arbi leaves and chop it up.

3 Secondly, in a Kadai, add 1 tsp oil and let it heat, to it add mustard seeds, jeera, Methi seeds, curry leaves, and a slit green chilli, mix well and immediately sauté.

4 Furthermore, drain soaked items and add to the tadka. Also, add chopped arbi leaves, (can also add beetroot leaves and spinach to it along with arbi leaves).

5 Now, Sauté everything for a couple of mins. Now add salt, haldi, Mirchi as per taste, and daniya powder (1/4 tsp) plus 2-3 tsp of Goda Masala (Maharashtrian garam masala kind). Then, stir everything well.

6 Lastly, add plenty of water and 2 tbsp of tamarind pulp and let it all cook till dal and leaves are cooked.

7 Further, add 1 tbsp Besan to a cup and dilute with water. Immediately, add this paste to the dal and let it come to a quick boil.

8 Then, add 1-2 tbsp of grated coconut.

9 Finally, add a little jaggery and switch the gas off.

Your Maharashtrian Amti Dal is ready to serve. It goes really well with chapatis, so serve hot with soft chapatis and enjoy!

Recipe and Picture credits: Shoba Natarajan

Shoba is one of our clients at FitPiq. Shoba Natarajan loves food and even more than loving food, she loves to cook. She is a healthy foodie and likes to try new dishes. She loves Maharashtrian food and shared this amazing recipe of amti dal with us!

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