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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Maharashtrian Cuisine ~ Amti Dal


Indian cuisine is full of regional flavors. Even every day to day food cooked in millions of homes across the nation varies depending upon where it is cooked. For example, the simple dal that is cooked all over India, takes various forms in various regions. Here is one such delicious, regional and traditional dal - Amti from the state of Maharasthra. Reading Nupur's description of amti whose recipe I followed, I feel this may be something like the gojju of Karnataka, where the sweet, tangy and spicy flavors rule and also those flavors need to be balanced to create a good amti

Ingredients for amti masala:
1/2 cup coriander seeds
1/4 cup cumin seeds
2 tsp Shahi jeera (black cumin seeds)
10-12 cloves
1 inch cinnamon

Method:

On low heat, dry roast the spices together until they turn a couple of shades darker. Let cool and grind them fine. Store in a dry container. 


Ingredients for amti:
1/2 cup toordal, cooked
For tadka: 2 tsp oil, 1 tsp each - mustard seeds and cumin seeds, a few pinches of asafoetida powder and few curry leaves
1 tsp amti masala
1 tsp chili powder
Salt to taste
1- 2 Tbsp tamarind paste (the original recipe uses less.)
1 tsp jaggery 
cilantro to garnish

Method: 
* Heat 2 tsp oil in a saucepan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds start to pop, add curry leaves, asafoetida and onion. Fry onion until translucent. 
* Next add amti masala, turmeric, salt, chilli powder and fry for a few seconds. 
* Then add the cooked dal, tamarind, jaggery and enough water to reach the desired consistency. Stir well, taste and adjust the flavors to your taste. Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the stove. Garnish with cilantro if desired.
Serve amti with steamed hot rice and a dollop of ghee.

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Comments

15 comments:

Sapana Behl said...

looks like perfect soup!

Srivalli said...

Dal looks so delish suma..I am yet to try this..is on my list for a while!

Vidya Chandrahas said...

My favourite aamti...looks delicious and tempting.

vaishali sabnani said...

Suma..glad you have posted the Aamti recipe..with the Thaali..I could not post all the recipes..a real flavorful daal.

Priya Suresh said...

Love that spice mix and guess the flavor of this dal,inviting and definitely comforting.

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

so so delicious... my most favorite...

Suchi Sm said...

Masala sounds good....

The Pumpkin Farm said...

is handy recipe for amti :)

Archana Potdar said...

Yummy amti. I can never get the authentic flavour so will try your amti.Looks and sounds yum.

Manju said...

Amti name itself interesting nice to know about this yummy dal

Rajani S said...

Yet to try this dish. Sounds like a flavorful one...

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

I have heard a lot about Amti dal. Never got to making it so far..looks very appetizing.

Pavani N said...

I made this dal from Nupur's site awhile back. Still have the masala. We enjoyed it a lot.

Padmajha PJ said...

VEry flavorful dal. I remember seeing it in nupur;s blog.

veena krishnakumar said...

Bookmarked...i think it must have been full of flavours...will try soon