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Maharashtrian Varan / Amti / Kalvan recipes


Last Updated : May 21,2018



Maharashtrians Varan, Amti, Kalvan, Dal recipes

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. 

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. 

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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Recipe# 37212
02 May 18

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by Tarla Dalal
One of the most famous of Maharashtrian recipes, Misal is a scrumptious cocktail of savouries and sprouts! Wholesome and tasty sprouts are cooked with tangy tomatoes and pungent onions, not to forget the spice powders and the special coconut-onion based mis ....
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Recipe# 1486
09 Apr 18

 
 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
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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 ....
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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
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Recipe# 42289
31 May 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 ....
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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 ....
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Recipe# 1390
07 Apr 15

 
 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 ....
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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 ....
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Recipe# 31065
05 Apr 18

 
 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.
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Recipe# 4799
01 Jun 16

 
 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 ....
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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.
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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!
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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 ....
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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 ....
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