Ambat Varan ( Sweet And Sour Maharashtrian Dal )

Ambat varan means a dal which is sweet n sour .It is made in most maharashtrian homes by adding tamarind pulp or kokum for the sourness and jaggery for the sweetness and is further tempered with mustard seeds and garlic. A must have soulfood !

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1 Cup tuvar dal
2-3 tsps soaked tamarind pulp
1 green chilli
3-4 curry leaves
½ tsp turmeric pwd
1 tsp chilli pwd
Jaggery for taste
3 – 4 tsps Oil for tempering
4-5 flakes of garlic
½ tsps mustard seeds
¼ tsps jeera
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Pressure cook tuvar dal for 3-4 whistles along with adding a pinch of asafoetida , turmeric pwd and chilli pwd to it.
Once cooked and soft, mash and blend it well into a smooth pouring consistency.
Add little water as required to the dal as per your liking for thin to thick consistency and into it add tamarind pulp, jaggery and salt as per taste.
As the ambatvaran starts boiling add the chopped green chillies and curry leaves into it and bring to a nice simmer.
Switch off the gas and keep aside.
Heat the oil for tempering, add mustard seeds, crushed garlic flakes with its skin intact , jeera and a pinch of asafoetida.
As the garlic turns reddish brown remove from heat and temper the dal with this mixture from top and cover and keep aside.
Add chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with preferably ambemohar variant of rice topped with a spoonful of ghee .