Tuesday, February 7, 2012

गरम मसाल्याची आमटी(Spicy Dal)

I learned this spicy dal from my mom. It is a family recipe from my dad's side. My dad use to love this dal/आमटी, so my mom learned how to make it and soon it became a family favorite. Usually this dal/आमटी is popular among people from Kokan region. It tastes wonderful with both Roti and Rice.
My mom made it when she visited us and my husband liked it too. He adds boiled eggs and eat it as egg curry :-) This recipe will serve 4-5 people.

1 Medium Onion roasted directly on gas range burner with skin on until all blackened(भाजलेला कांदा) 
2 tbs Fennel seeds dry roasted(भाजलेली बडीशोप) 
2 tbs Poppy seeds dry roasted(भाजलेली खसखस)
5 Peppercorns dry roasted(भाजलेली मिरी)
5 Cloves dry roasted(भाजलेली लवंग)
2 inch cinnamon dry roasted(भाजलेली दालचिनी) 
1/3 cup shredded dry coconut roasted(भाजलेलं सुकं खोबरं)
3 cloves garlic(लसूण)
1 Cup Toor Dal(तूर डाळ)
1 medium potato diced into 1/2 inch cubes
Salt as per taste
1-2 tsp Chili powder(according to your taste)
For tempering
2 tbs Canola oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of  Asafoetida
Pinch of turmeric powder

Cook Toor Dal in pressure cooker, keep aside. Now grind all the ingredients except toor dal, potato, and salt, this is your masala paste.  Heat 2 tbs of canola oil and add mustard seeds, let them splutter. Add Asafoetida and turmeric powder . Throw in diced potatoes and cook them covered. This will take few minutes.  Mix in masala paste and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add cooked and mashed toor dal and add water to make a dal like consistency. Boil for 8-10 minutes on medium heat. Serve it hot with Rice or Roti.
Quick Tips-: 
Roast all the spices until dark brown color, this will give dal a nice dark color. 

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