Aamti (Maharashtrian Dal)

This is a typical maharashtrian dal recipe which is included in daily meals in most of the Marathi houses. Goda masala and dried mangosteen peels give it a particular taste and flavor which makes it very much marathi.

One of my favorite styles of this aamti is prepared by mother and since I remember the taste hasn’t changed a bit. I and my brother used to actually eat it like a soup. Can’t get enough of it!

This is my version of my beloved aamti. Hope you all like it!

Ingredients –

Split Pigeon Pea (Toovar Dal) – 1 cup
Oil – 2 teaspoons
Mustard Seeds – ½ teaspoon
Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – ½ teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon
Asafoetida- ½ teaspoon
Green chilies (finely chopped) – 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves – 5-6
Goda masala – 2 teaspoons
Jaggery – 1 ½ tablespoons
Dried Mangosteen peel (Amsool) – 2-3

Procedure –

  • Wash the toovar dal and soak it in 1 ½ cups of water for half an hour. Along with the water cook the dal in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Once the steam is released from the pressure cooker remove the dal and mash it along with the water and keep aside.
  • In a pan heat oil. Add the mustard and cumin seeds. Once they crackle add the green chilies, curry leaves, turmeric powder and asafoetida.
  • Add the mashed dal and some more water to adjust the consistency. Shouldn’t be too runny or too thick.
  • Put in the goda masala, dried mangosteen peels, jaggery and let it boil for 4-5 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and freshly desiccated coconut. Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Tips –

You may use thick tamarind juice (2 tablespoons) instead of dried mangosteen peels.
Always soak the dal before pressure cooking; it helps to save a lot of fuel.

Let me know what do you think about this recipe. Do comment.

4 thoughts on “Aamti (Maharashtrian Dal)

  1. We are a dal crazy family. And I often twist the ways of cooking dal with different methods but a bit skeptical to changing the ingredients. Yours sound authentic and my husband loves maharashtrian food. I’m surely giving it a try :)

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