Maharastrian Kokum Amti/Dal

Kokum Amti is a popular Maharashtrian dal, that is cooked with tur dal flavored with kokum, coconut and jaggery. This lentil dish is simple to make and tasty.
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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups tur dal
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as required
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp goda masala
  • 2 tbsp fresh coconut
  • 2 tbsp jaggery powder
  • 5-6 dried kokum
  • Salt as required
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Ghee for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  • First we need to¬†pressure cook¬†tur dal with salt and turmeric powder. Give it 3-4 whistles. The dal should mash well. Once done, whisk it and keep it aside. Heat ghee and temper mustard seeds. Then add curry leaves, green chillies, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute and then add the mashed dal.
  • Add water to get the desired consistency. Then add goda masala, fresh coconut, jaggery and kokum. Give it a stir, add salt and chopped cilantro and continue to cook it for 12-15 minutes on medium flame. Keep stirring at regular intervals and the dal will thicken. Check the seasoning and add anything if required.
  • Take it off the flame, garnish with some more cilantro and serve with steamed rice. Always add a dollop of ghee over it as that elevates the taste of this kokum amti and rice when served together.
NOTES
If kokum is unavailable, you can use tamarind. Soak it in warm water for 15-20 minutes, squeeze the pulp and use the juice in place of kokum.
Goda masala is a must for this recipe. Using garam masala would give it a different taste to it.
Both these ingredients are easily available in the Indian market.