Toor Dal Amti

toor dal amti

My MIL (Mother In Law) prepared this for us during our India trip. Considering I love all kinds of Marathi (or Marathi inspired) dishes, I loved it. I don’t know if it is a authentic Marathi dish, but I am sure you will like it. I usually make amti with goda masala which has become a hit with my family and friends. This has almost similar aroma. She makes it slightly sweetish but when I prepare this, I leave out jaggery. It is a nice change to regular dal.

1/2 cup toor dal
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup tomato
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1-2 tea spns jaggery
A pinch turmeric

For masala:
3-4 cloves
2″ cinnamon
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1/2 tea spn badishep/saunf
1/2 tea spn sesame seeds (til)
3-4 pepper
2 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
3-4 red chillies

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Cook toor dal with 1/4 cup onion and turmeric in pressure cooker till it is soft.
Heat oil and fry all the spices for masala. Then add coconut and fry till it heats through. Make a paste.

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Heat little oil in a pan and add remaining onion. Fry till they are brownish (add little salt while frying onion, salt it helps in breaking down onion faster). Now pour in cooked dal and masala paste. Add tomato. Bring to boil. Add coriander leaves, jaggery and let it boil for few minutes.
Serve hot with rice.

PS : I have tried this both with and without jaggery. I personally loved no-jaggery version. So if you don’t like sweet gravies, leave jaggery out.
I sometimes add a handful of spinach while cooking dal to give extra nutrition.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 25mins

6 thoughts on “Toor Dal Amti”

  1. Hi Shilpa,

    I just made this dal today and it turned out really delicious! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My son declared it was the tastiest dal he has ever had.


  2. This looks so delicious! If I could cook, I would make for dinner this evening.
    I think I might need a few cooking lessons before attempting this dish but I would love to learn.
    Your blog is wonderful. Thank you for sharing with me.
    Your friend,

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