Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ambe Daal

This is a simple Spring salad from my mom's kitchen. Chaitra - as the first month called in the Hindu calendar has many functions. and this salad along with panhe (raw mango beverage) and/or watli daal celebrates spring in Maharashtra.

Ambe Daal
Mango-Daal Salad
1/2 cup chana daal, soaked overnight
1-2 green chilies, chopped
1/2 green mango, peeled & grated

salt to taste
sugar to taste (optional)

2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 sprig curry leaves, torn

1/2 lemon (only if needed)
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp fresh coconut, scraped

1. Drain chana daal. Keep aside 1 tbsp aside. Grind the rest with green chilies without adding any water. Take out in a mixing bowl. Add spoonful of the remaining chana daal.
2. Stir in the grated raw mango, salt to taste.
3. Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add all the ingredients. Add sizzling oil in the mixture.
4. Garnish with cilantro and coconut.

Note -
1. The raw mango that I get here, is not sour enough so sometimes I also squeeze some lemon juice.


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