Konkani Daali Ambat (Coconut Dal)

konkani dali ambat
A Konkani curry recipe with lentils and coconut.

Grated Coconut - about 1/2 cup
Tur Dal/Split Pigeon Peas - 1/4 cup
Coriander Seeds/Dhane - 1 tbsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/8 tsp
Tamarind/Chinch/Chincham - small piece
Dry Red Chillies - 4
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves/Kadipata/Karbeo - a sprig
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp

1. Wash tur dal well and cook till it turns soft.
2. Heat about 1/2 tsp oil in a pan.  Add coriander seeds and red chillies.  Saute at low flame till coriander seeds slightly darken and turn aromatic.
3. Grind grated (fresh or frozen) coconut, roasted coriander seeds and roasted red chillies to a fine or slightly coarse paste.
4. In a pot, add cooked tur dal and ground coconut paste.  Add salt and bring it to a boil.
5. For tempering/tadka/phan, heat about 1 tsp oil in a pan.  Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.  Turn off the heat when mustard seeds pop.  Pour this tempering in the pot.
6. Serve Dali Ambat with hot steamed rice.


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