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Friday, October 15, 2004

AAMTI (Lentils cooked in Maharashtrian style)

AAMTI (Lentils cooked in Maharashtrian style)
My mother-in law usually cooks plain toor dal with a little salt and asafetida for the morning to be mixed with the rice and ghee and the same dal(varan) is converted into the most mouth-watering Aamti for dinner.

Toor dal – 1 cup
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Green chilies – 3-4
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Asafetida – ½ tsp
Dried Kokam(Amsul) – 1-2 pieces
A small piece of jaggery (optional)
Maharashtrian Goda masala or garam masala – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Coriander leaves for garnish
Oil – 2 tsps

Soak the toor dal for around half an hour. Rinse the toor dal well and then Pressure cook the dal with a pinch of asafetida and ½ a teaspoon of turmeric powder till soft. Remove from the cooker and mash it.
Finely chop the onion, tomatoes and chilies.
In a kadhai (wok), heat 2 teaspoons of oil, add the mustard seeds and when they start to crackle, add cumin seeds, the Dried kokam(amsul), asafetida and turmeric powder.

Add the green chillies and curry leaves and let it fry, now add the Onions and fry until transparent, Add the chopped tomato pieces and fry again till tomato pieces turn soft. Add the mashed dal, mix well and then add 1 cup water. Stir and cook on a high flame till you see the Aamti simmering. Once it starts to simmer, reduce the flame and add salt, jaggery and goda masala. Mix well and allow it to simmer for a while. Your Aamti is ready, Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve it with plain rice, or chappatis.
You can add Brinjals or drumsticks to the above recipe.

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