Friday, 11 December 2015

KONKANI VALI AMBAT / DAL AMBAT / AMBAT DAL / कोकणी वाली आंबट डाळ

This ambat (sour) dal is extremely popular with the Konkani Goans. Its made with either moong dal or tur dal, vali bhaji or mayalu or malabar spinach or poi along with a spicy coconut masala.

It tastes delicious, and the malabar spinach lends a very different flavour to the dal. This dal can also be made with spinach, and sometimes shrimps are also added.

KONKANI VALI AMBAT / DAL AMBAT / AMBAT DAL / कोकणी वाली आंबट डाळ 


Mayalu / Malabar spinach / poi shredded
3 cups
Dhane / coriander seeds
½ tsp
Whole dry red chllies
2 – 3 nos
1 tsp + 2 tbsp
Imli / tamarind
½ tsp
Scraped fresh coconut
¼ cup
Tur dal / split pigeon peas
½ cup
Haldi / turmeric pdr
¼ tsp
Garlic chopped
2 – 3 flakes
Onion chopped
¼ cup


1.       Wash, add water and pressure cook the tur dal till tender.

2.       Heat 1 tsp oil, add to it the red chillies and coriander seeds.

3.       Saute till they change their colour lightly and give off a nice aroma.

4.       Remove and cool.

5.       In a grinding jar add the roasted chillies, coriander seeds along with the tamarind and coconut.

6.       Add little water if required and grind to a smooth paste.

7.       In a pan add the shredded mayalu leaves. Add ½ cup water and haldi and cook the leaves till tender.

8.       Now to the leaves add the cooked dal, ground coconut paste, 1 cup water and bring to a boil.

9.       Add salt to taste. The consistency should be pourable like dal.

10.   In a separate pan heat the remaining oil, add garlic and onion and saute well till it turns a deep golden brown.

11.   Pour it over the bubbling dal and mix it in.

12.   Serve hot with boiled rice.

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