Traditional Indian Recipes


Rice and Amti is a kind of must in many household in Maharashtra. It has a sweet, sour and spicy taste. The meaning of Amti is “any curry or dal curry which has acidic ingredients, in this case its tamarind”. So this Maharashtrian Amti has a touch of sourness.maxresdefault


Toor dal                                       2 cups

Ghee                                             1 tsp

Tomato                                        1

Oil                                                 1 tsp

Mustard seeds                            1 tsp

Cumin seeds                               1 tsp

Hing                                              a pinch

Turmeric powder                      ¼ tsp

Coriander powder                      1.5 tsp

Red chili powder                         ½ tsp

Kokum/tamarind pulp             2 tsp

Jaggery/sugar                            ½ tbsp

Coconut grated                            2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Goda masala                                 1 tsp

For garnishing

Coriander leaves                          1 tbsp

Procedure for preparing Maharashtrian Amit:

  • Wash and cook dal with turmeric powder and enough water, till it becomes soft.
  • Heat pan on a medium flame add ghee and oil.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves, dal and water.
  • Add chopped tomato, kokum or tarmind juice, jaggery and cook for 5 mins.
  • Add coriander powder, red chili powder, goda masala, salt and mix and cook for 10 minutes on low flame stirring frequently, so that the mixture does not get struck down.
  • Add fresh grated coconut mix and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve the Amti dal with steamed rice topped with a little ghee. Amti can be served with rotis as well.


  • Use tamarind, amchur powder or lemon juice instead of kokum.
  • Use sugar instead of jaggery.

Refer for goda masala my other recipe Homemade Goda Masala.

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