DAALICHI AAMTI (TEMPERED PULSES WITH DRUMSTICKS)

Daalichi Aamti is a daal preparation from the Maharashtrian cuisine. Here, you can find different versions of the aamti in different regions, made by different communities. Daal basically forms a part of the staple diet all over India. It is relished either with rice or with rotis by some!

Daal in itself is a powerhouse of nutrition! When combined with Vit C, our body is able to absorb the iron, which is present in the daal. If we observe carefully, we can see that traditionally daal preparations in each region generally have some form of Vit C in the cooking process, or is many a times consumed with a drizzle of lemon juice over it or, is many a times accompanied with a serving of curds or buttermilk! Well, must say that our ancestors were very clever, their knowledge of science must have been very good!

Here I have shared a daal recipe which I learnt in my marital home. It is a very simple and comforting daal, where the addition of drumsticks makes it highly nutritious!

For more such nutritious and traditional recipes, do take a look at the following…..

1. Varan

2. Moong Daal Fry

3. Dahi Kadhi

4. Tival

5. Udupi Sambar

6. Teppala Kadhi In NKGSB Style

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1/2 cup Toor Daal (Tuvar daal / Split Pigeon Peas)
  • 1/2 Tomato…. Chopped
  • 2 Drumsticks
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Jaggery (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Corriander Leaves for garnishing

For The Tempering :

  • 2 tsp Homemade Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves

METHOD :

  1. To make the Daalichi Aamti, first wash the Tuvar daal twice and soak in sufficient water for about an hour and a half. After the daal is well soaked, drain out all the water.
  2. Add to it, turmeric powder, chopped tomato and clean water, a little above the level of the daal.
  3. Wash the drumsticks and chop into medium pieces without peeling it too much. Try keeping the peels intact. Else the drumsticks will get totally smashed when cooked in a pressure cooker.
  4. Transfer the pieces to a colander and add very little water to it.
  5. Place the daal in the pressure cooker and place the colander with drumsticks over it.
  6. Close the pressure cooker lid and cook for 8 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally and then open the lid.
  7. Smash the daal with the back of a ladle and add some water to get a medium thick consistency. It is better to add at first the water in which the drumsticks have been cooked and then more water if required.
  8. Add the jaggery, red chilli powder and salt to taste.
  9. Bring to a boil and add the cooked drumsticks to it. Boil further for a minute or two and switch off the flame.
  10. Heat a tempering kadhai and add the homemade ghee to it.
  11. Add the mustard seeds and as soon as they splutter, add the cumin seeds, asafoetida, green chillies and curry leaves.
  12. Pour this tempering over the daal and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  13. Serve this delicious Daalichi Aamti with hot steamed rice, a wedge of lemon, Bharli Bhendi and some Aappe Aamle Lonche or Gaajar Flower Taaja Loncha and Mulyaachi Koshimbir by the side.
  14. Serve some Gaajar Halwa or Date And Walnut Whole Wheat Brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a dessert!
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Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously ....is what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! šŸ˜ƒ

4 thoughts on “DAALICHI AAMTI (TEMPERED PULSES WITH DRUMSTICKS)”

  1. The aamti looks so good!
    Having spent a major part of her life in a Maharashtrian colony, my grandmother learnt a lot of Marathi recipes, and we grew to love them too. She used to talk a lot about aamti, but I have never made it at home myself. Your post tempts me to do that immediately. šŸ™‚

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