Amti recipe (Maharashtrian amti dal)

Maharashtrian amti recipe – The meaning of amti is ‘any curry or dal dish which has acidic ingredient, in this case tamarind.

Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe

A bowl of amti dal and plain rice is such a healthy and light meal.

It has balanced flavor of sweetness and sourness. Tamarind is added for sour flavor and jaggery is added as a sweet ingredients to balance out the sourness. Here I have used tamarind paste but you can use seedless tamarind as

So this is Maharashtrian style dal recipe with touch of sourness. There is another amti recipe on the blog which is Katachi amti.

This is such a flavorful and delicious yet very comforting, healthy and homey dal. .

While dal is pressure cooking, soak the tamarind in hot water for 20 minutes, then squeeze the pulp and use in the recipe.

Green chilies are the only ingredient to make this amti spicy. So use accordingly. I have made medium spicy by using 2 small green green chilies.

I don’t mind having pieces of chilies, so I have chopped it finely. But you don’t like biting then while eating, you can split in half instead of chopping.

This recipe calls for Goda masala – a special spice blend from region of Maharashtra. No other spice powder is added. There is no substitute for Goda masala here. If you want to substitute it with garam masala, then It will be simple dal not amti. Because goda masala gives very unique flavor and taste to dal which cannot be achieved using garam masala.

Check out other Maharashtrian recipes
Matki usal  //  Kanda poha  //  Phodnicha bhaat  //  Tondli chi bhaji


How to make amti dal recipe (Step by Step Recipe with Photos):


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1) Wash the toor dal under running cold water till water runs clear.

2) Soak the dal in enough water for at least 30 minutes.
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3) Then discard the soaking water. Add dal to pressure cooker with turmeric powder and 1½ cups of water.

4) Close the lid, put the weight on, turn the heat on medium. Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles or till soft. Let the pressure go down by itself then open the cover.
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5) Add another 1 cup of water or as required. Mash the dal well so it will smooth. I have used hand blender, you can use mixer or magic bullet. Now turn the heat on medium and let the dal simmer.

6) Now on another stove, heat the oil in small tadka pan for tempering. Once hot add mustard seeds and let them pop.
Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe

7) Then add green chilies and curry leaves. Cook for 30-40 seconds.

8) Immediately add the tadka to the mashed dal.
Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe

9) Mix well.

10) Add other ingredients one by one. add jaggery.
Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe

11) Then added tamarind paste.

12) and finally goda masala and salt.
Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe

13) Mix well and let it simmer for 10 minutes on low to medium heat.

14) Adjust the water as per your liking consistency.
Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe

Serving suggestion: Serve this amti dal with plain steamed rice. It can be served on side with your roti-sabzi.

Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe

Amti recipe | How to make Maharashtrian amti dal recipe
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Amti recipe (Amti dal recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 2 Servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For pressure cooking the dal:

  • ½ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ cups Water

For tempering:

  • 1 tablespoon OIl
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 3-4 Curry leaves
  • 2 Green chilies chopped finely

For amti recipe:

  • 2 teaspoon Tamarind paste or seedless 1 teaspoons of tamarind soaked in hot water
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery (Gur)
  • 1 teaspoon Goda masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

Pressure cooking the dal:

  1. Wash the toor dal under running cold water till water runs clear.
  2. Soak the dal in enough water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Then discard the soaking water. Add dal to pressure cooker with turmeric powder and 1 ½ cups of water.
  4. Close the lid, put the weight on, turn the heat on medium.
  5. Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles. Let the pressure go down by itself then open the cover.
  6. Add another 1 cup of water or as required. Mash the dal well so it will smooth. I have used hand blender, you can use mixer or magic bullet.
  7. Now turn the heat on medium and let the dal simmer.

Making tadka:

  1. Now on another stove, heat the oil in small tadka pan.
  2. Once hot add mustard seeds and let them pop.
  3. Then add green chilies and curry leaves. Cook for 30-40 seconds.
  4. Immediately add the tadka to the mashed dal. Mix well.
  5. Add other ingredients one by one. Add jaggery, tamarind paste, goda masala and salt.
  6. Mix well and let it simmer for 10 minutes on low to medium heat.
  7. Then turn off the stove

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