Ambe Dal

Ambe Dal or Kairichi Dal is a refreshing salad/chutney for hot summers when raw mangoes are available in plenty. It is a traditional Maharashtrian preparation and is popularly prepared during the Chaitra Gauri Haldi Kumkum ceremony. Chaitra is the first month of Hindu calendar and the haldi Kumkum ceremony is performed during this month. Ambe dal and Kairi Panha are two must-prepare dishes for this ceremony. Ambe in Marathi means mango and Kairi is raw mango.  As this is made with raw mangoes and split chickpeas,  it’s known as kairichi dal or ambe dal.

This salad made with two main ingredients, i.e. split chickpeas and raw mango, is a vegan, no-onion, no-garlic, healthy, tasty salad. This dish is very easy and quick to make. Soaked chana dal is ground alongwith green chilly and mixed with grated raw mango and is then flavoured with a tadka. Ambe dal makes for a great accompaniment to a Maharashtrian vegetarian meal. Apart from serving this as a side dish with meals, this makes for a good stand alone, healthy mid-day snack. 

Ingredients

1/3 cup split chickpeas (chana dal)
¼ cup grated raw mango
1 green chilly
½ tsp sugar
2 tbsp fresh coconut, grated
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
salt to taste

For the tempering
1 tsp oil
1 dry red chilly
½ tsp mustard seeds
few curry leaves
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Ambe Dal

Method

  • Wash and soak chana dal for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Drain chana dal and transfer to a mixer jar.
  • Add green chilly and blend to a coarse paste without adding water. Keep this aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add grated raw mango, ground chana dal, salt, sugar, grated coconut and chopped coriander. Mix well.
  • For the tempering. Heat 1 tsp oil in a small pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves and red chilly.
  • When they start spluttering, take off the heat and pour into the salad and mix well.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled.

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