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Maharashtrian Dal, Varan / Amti / Kalvan recipes


Last Updated : Sep 25,2018



Maharashtrians Dal Recipes, Amti, Kalvan, Varan

Maharashtrians love to cook their dal in tongue-tickling ways, flavoured with spices, perked up with kokum, seasoned with coconut, and so on. Mango, peanuts, cashew nuts, coconut are abundantly grown and used to flavor many varieties of Varan, Amti and Kalvan, which are generally enjoyed with steaming hot rice. 

Methiche VaranMethiche Varan

Varan refers to traditional Maharashtrian lentil-based dishes. Here, cooked toovar dal is perked up with fenugreek leaves and tasty spice powders and pastes. An aromatic tempering adds to the traditional charm of the Methiche Varan, making sure that its aroma and flavour remind you of mom’s cooking!

Kokum kadhi is a tangy preparation with a soothing flavour of coconut milk that makes a well-balanced accompaniment. This delectable kadhi does not take no time in preparation. 

Katachi AmtiKatachi Amti

Ambti/Amti is a Maharashtrian style dal, the literal meaning of amti is tangy dal but it is a balance of sweet and spicy flavor. Katachi Amti  is a tongue-tickling preparation of chana dal which is an all-time favourite combination with Puran Poli. Green Peas Ambti is a classic Maharashtrian preparation of coarsely crushed peas and tomatoes with onions, coconut and a traditional selection of spices. 

Misal an authentic Maharashtrian recipe is a tongue-tickling and scrumptious preparation of soaked vatana but, you can even make it with mixed sprouts. The spicy gravy is topped with assorted savouries which give an extra crunch to the dish. It is served with laddi pav and can be eaten any time of the day. You can even make Farali Misal  with mashed potatoes cooked in a masala that combines peanuts, coconut and coriander.

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Kokum Kadhi
Recipe# 8684
15 Jun 12

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 by Tarla Dalal
Slurp! What an exciting flavour this Kokum Kadhi has. Indeed, the best of homely flavours, tanginess, is the highlight of this recipe. This recipe is quite different from any other kadhi because it uses neither curds nor besan Inste ....
Usal
Recipe# 2842
26 Nov 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional Maharashtrian recipe of spicy pulses in a thin watery gravy which is usually eaten with bread. Usal is served in almost all street side eateries in Maharashtra. One such eatery where I never miss the usal is situated on the road from Mumbai to Pune. They serve the most lip smacking ....
Vaal Ki Usal  ( Know Your Dals and Pulses )
Recipe# 32821
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is a popular, easy-fix maharashtrian dish. The combination of jaggery and kokum gives a sweet and tangy taste to this usal, which is made using vaal.
Moong Dahi Misal
Recipe# 1390
26 Jul 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Strikingly different from the traditional way of preparing the popular Maharashtrian snack, this Moong Dahi Misal combines the sprouts with whisked curds, along with chopped veggies, spice powders and of course, tongue-tickling khajur imli ki chutney. When you have sprouts on hand, it takes less tha ....
Methiche Varan
Recipe# 4799
16 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Varan refers to traditional Maharashtrian lentil-based dishes. Here, cooked toovar dal is perked up with fenugreek leaves and tasty spice powders and pastes. An aromatic tempering adds to the traditional charm of the Methiche Varan, making sure that its aro ....
Green Peas Ambti
Recipe# 1486
23 Sep 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Green Peas Ambti is a classic Maharashtrian preparation of coarsely crushed peas and tomatoes. It uses a rich and spicy masala paste that is to be freshly prepared with onions, coconut and a traditional selection of spices. Serve hot with
Kala Chana Subzi, Maharashtrian Recipe
Recipe# 42514
06 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here’s a quick and easy everyday subzi with a classic Malvani touch. The rustic mealy texture of cooked kala chana is enhanced beautifully by the spiciness of the Malvani gravy and the tang of tamarind pulp. Common veggies like tomatoes and onions along with ginger and garlic add taste and volum ....
Katachi Amti, Alavani Amti
Recipe# 42418
20 Feb 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
When a spicy dish is served with a sweet one, it helps to highlight the best of both! This fact is proved by the all-time favourite Maharashtrian combo of Puran Poli with Katachi Amti. It is made frequently by them, and is a must-have on
Basic Toovar Dal Recipe, Toor Dal
Recipe# 42289
03 Dec 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Easy though it is to make, the Basic Toovar Dal is the ultimate comfort food for many Indians! It hardly requires any effort and uses only common, everyday ingredients that you are sure to have at home. All you need to do is pressure-cook the dal with onions and tomatoes, and cook it further for ....
Varan Bhaat, Maharashtrian Varan Bhaat
Recipe# 40855
17 Oct 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Varan Bhaat is a famous Maharashtrian dish of steaming hot rice topped with ghee and lentil curry. The toovar dal is prepared in a simple and homely manner that will appeal to everybody. Onions, tomatoes, green chillies and spices add to the flavour o ....
Usal
Recipe# 31065
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A healthy twist to a common Marathi tale! Serve with steaming hot rice and oodles of ghee for an authentic Maharashtrian experience. You can use any sprouts of your choice instead of mixed sprouts.
Usli (  Kadhai and Tava Cooking Delights)
Recipe# 214
05 Jul 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Much-loved by the maharashtrians, the usli is a nutritious and tasty everyday preparation that is enjoyed by the kids as much as the adults, which is a great plus-point for any dish! made with mixed sprouts spiced and tempered traditionally, the usli is so simple, anybody can make it.
Hariyali Vaal ki Dal
Recipe# 39158
05 Jul 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sprouting increases the nutrient content of vaal further making the hariyali vaal ki dal a valuable addition to your diet. A paste made of ingredients you are sure to find in your refrigerator forms the base for this delicious, semi-spicy preparation that goes too well with rice and rotis!
Vegetable Kalvan
Recipe# 4375
09 Aug 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An intensely flavoured mixed vegetable subzi from the kitchens of Maharashtra, the highlight of the Vegetable Kalvan is a rich paste of tomatoes, onions, coconut, other regular flavour enhancers and spice powders. This paste together with a traditional tempering forms the mouth-watering gravy th ....
Malvani Vatana Usal
Recipe# 38457
28 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Malvani region is a coastal region, which spans the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra. It is famous for its cuisine, shaped by the Konkan communities of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. The Malvani Vatana Usal is a classic dish from Malvani cuisine, where kala vatana is cooked ....
Sprouted Vaal ki Usal
Recipe# 5709
10 Oct 14

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 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional Maharashtrian preparation made healthier using sprouted vaal. Apart from boosting the nutrient content, sprouting the vaal also makes it easier to digest, making this a dish suitable for young and old alike. With many a flavourful ingredient, this iron-rich Sprouted Vaal ki Usal is a t ....
Vaal ki Usal
Recipe# 3964
26 Nov 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A popular, easy to make Maharashtrian dish. The combination of jaggery and kokum gives a sweet and tangy taste to the usal. Vaal provides you the much needed protein and iron. A thoughtful addition of vitamin C rich coriander improves the absorption of iron ....
Methiche Varan ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33048
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
It is right to be concerned about shedding your pregnancy weight after delivery, but you surely do not have to worry about losing variety or flavour in the foods you have! Methiche Varan is a perfect example. An authentic Maharashtrian dal reverberating with all the flavours that the desi palate yea ....
Shingdane Chi Amti, Microwave Shengdanyachi Amti
Recipe# 35111
15 Apr 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The peanut-based paste is the core character of the authentic marathi shingdane chi amti. Do not store the paste for too many days, as the taste will be ruined. Serve with Dodkyacha Bhaat or M ....
Kairi Chi Kadhi
Recipe# 40248
16 Jul 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Come summer, you will feel like making this Kairi chi Kadhi at least once a week because it is so tasty and in sync with the season! A tongue-tickling paste of coconut and raw mango forms the base for this kadhi, which is perked up with an aromatic, traditional tempering. Since raw mango is very sou ....
Sprouted Kala Chana Ambti
Recipe# 3576
26 Nov 12

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by Tarla Dalal
Like Sambhar is to Tamil Nadu, Amti is to Maharashtra. Amti is a flavourful dal preparation that is frequently prepared in Maharashtrian households. It is a versatile dish with many variants, and this particular one is a Sprouted Kala Chana Amti. It is rich in fibre and protein due to the use of kal ....
Danyachi Usal, Maharashtrian Peanut Curry
Recipe# 1740
21 Feb 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A tongue-tickling and scrumptious preparation of cooked peanuts perked up with a traditional tempering and a flavourful coconut paste, the Danyachi Usal can be served with meals or separately as a tea-time snack. Ready within 10 minutes, this satiating dish is also easy to prepare. Just make s ....
Sprouts Misal, Protein Rich Recipes
Recipe# 33239
13 Sep 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Bring the spirit of Maharashtra into your homes with this protein-laden Sprouts Misal. While many think that milk and milk products are the most important source of proteins, they are unaware of the power of sprouts, which give you a superb, more easily digestible protein boost. And this is un ....
Cashew Curry
Recipe# 38458
11 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
It may sound odd and rather lavish to use cashews as a main ingredient in gravies, but because of the abundance of cashews in the region, cashew curry is a popular and common recipe in each malvani household! Also do try other curries using cashew like
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