I think I’ve said it before, Marathi food is very close to my heart. When I moved to Belgaum for my degree, it took a little while to get adjusted to the slightly different taste. But I became a fan pretty soon. Before I could make any Konkani dishes, I learned to make some simple Marathi dishes.
I got this amti recipe from my aayi’s sister(pachi). I have been making this whenever I invite guests or when I want some simple but different meal. It brings back memories of my days in Belgaum and those weekend visits to Pachi’s home, craving for some delicious home cooked food. I have no clue if it is authentic dish or not, but it is something we enjoy a lot. So far, all my guests liked it very much. I think its the magic of the Goda masala that works every time. I like to eat it with hot rice and a dollop of ghee.
1/2 cup chana dal
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 tea spn coriander seeds
1 red chilli powder
1/2 tea spn goda masala
1/2 cup onion
2 tbl spn cashews
A pinch turmeric
1 tbl spn coriander leaves
Cook chana dal with enough water, cashews and turmeric till it is done.
Heat oil, fry coriander seeds and half the amount of onion. Now add coconut and fry for few minutes.
Add red chilli powder, goda masala and fry for few minutes.
Grind to a smooth paste.
Fry remaining onion in oil till they are translucent. Add cooked chana dal – cashews, ground paste, salt and cook.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or chapati.
Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 25mins
PS: Sometimes I completely leave out coconut. I grind about 3 tbl spns of cooked dal with other spices. This makes the gravy thicker. Sometimes even when using coconut, I grind little bit of dal which makes the gravy thicker.
I also add little tamarind or 1/4 cup chopped tomato to give a little tangy touch.