Dal with vegetables and coconut (Dali ambat)

If you ask me what is my comfort food, Dali Ambat is one of the dishes that comes to my mind. Dali ambat is a simple delicious gravy with vegetable and coconut. Paired with hot rice, this makes a great comforting meal. The aroma that comes out of it while its cooking is very intoxicating.

I have prepared this dish for many of my non-Konkani friends and this has become a regular in their homes too.

1 cup Toor dal
1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
A pinch asafoetida
1 tea spn coriander seeds
5-6 red chillies
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 1-2 pieces of tamarind
5-6 Curry leaves
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1 cup of any one of the following vegetables
– Potato
Tendli (ivy gourd)
– Brinjal(Egg plant)
Seeme badane( chyote squash)
Phagla(Indian gourd/kantola)
Lauki(Gardudde/bottle gourd)

Cook toor dal with turmeric. Cook vegetables.
Heat oil and fry coriander seeds.
Grind with coconut, red chilies, tamarind.
Add to cooked dal & vegetables. Bring it to boil. Take off the heat.
Heat oil. Add mustard. When they start popping, add curry leaves & asafoetida. Add this seasoning to the gravy and close the lid. Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 20min

PS: When ivy gourd(tendli) is used, add few cashews with them while cooking. It gives a great taste.

14 thoughts on “Dal with vegetables and coconut (Dali ambat)”

  1. Pooja, if the red chilies have become soft, they are roasted to make them crisp and help fast grinding. So if they are very soft, then only roast them.

  2. hi,
    I want to make dinner for 25 people.I want to know the quantity of food that will be required for it.The dinner plate includes:-alu ki subzi with tomato gravy,roti,sambhar,rice and suji ka halwa.I have never cooked for so many guests and it would be great if you could help me out.

    Shilpa: Madhu, it totally depends on whom you have invited. I cannot guess the quantity like that. I am sorry.

  3. Hi, your recipes are great. Im a working woman, and need some quick breakfast recipes. Can you please suggest some? I do not get tiem to make dosas & idlis, but somethign similar to upma, poha will help a lot (which takes less time).Thanks a ton!!

    Shilpa: Rashmi, there are lot of breakfast recipes on the site. Please go through them and select the ones suitable for you. Most of them are very easy to make. I am also a working woman and leave for office at 7.30AM, I manage to cook these (except for shevayi) in the morning, so I think they are pretty easy to make.

  4. Hi Akka,
    Nice recipe. My maayi makes daali ambat often. Her masala is similar to yours, but her tadka is of finely chopped onions….shall try it your way once….

    Shilpa: Hey Varsha, so nice to see you back. Yes, onion tadka is another way of making dali ambat. Some of the Konkanis don’t eat onion, garlic also. They make this version.Try this sometime, you will love it

  5. Hi Shilpa,
    Gulaa ambat is one of our favourites,Gulaa is the eggplant –typical big, round , & green usually add drumsticks to this, but the panna (seasoning) we give is with finely chopped onions in coconut oil , it is usually fried till brown in colour–gives out a great aroma,and tastes different too
    I have got into a habit of visiting you everyday now.
    vacchunu chi tonda udha yetha
    Pratima Baleri

  6. Hi shilpa i have become a great fan of this site i visit it every day i tried the chakli the fish alle kande ambat the chicken rassa losney chutney and the tomato chutney and yes your corn pattids too and that too in the last 6 days 😉 i surf on my cell so now whenever i am with my cell my hubby asks phir se aayis recipes par kya
    thanks so much
    hey do you have the recipe of Prawn or chicken dumplings

  7. hi tried the daali anbat today come out well tho I forgot the curry leaves also I tried prawns ghee roast by using prawns instead of chicken was yum thanks

  8. hi Shilpa,
    tried this and came out delicious,thanx a lot.as it is without onion or garlic my in-laws also enjoyed it.Thanx again……..keep posting.

  9. Wow! I tried the dal ambaat with “mayaalu” (Marathi) and the ingredients you suggested. It came out just too good!
    Thanks a lot! I am a Sindhi married to a Bhanap and I too am fond of the “aamchi” and like to cook for my husband.
    Warm Regards,
    Andar Purnima Rao

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