Ambat Varan

Popular Maharashtrian dal, arhar dal cooked with tamarind and jaggery. This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel

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Ambat Varan
Main Ingredients Tamarind Pulp, Split Pigeon Pea
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Dals and Kadhis
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 16-20 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Tangy
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Ambat Varan

  • 2 tablespoons Tamarind Pulp
  • 1 cup Split Pigeon Pea soaked
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • 2 to sprinkle Jaggery (gur) grated
  • a pinch Asafoetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 7-8 Curry leaves


  1. Drain and put tuvar dal in a pressure cooker with 3 cups water, salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
    Cover the cooker and cook under pressure till 3 whistles are given out.
  2. Reduce heat and let it cook for 5 minutes more.
    Heat ghee in a small non stick pan.
  3. Open the lid of the cooker when pressure reduces completely and mash the dal with a hand blender till smooth.
    Add jaggery and tamarind pulp and mix well.
  4. Add asafoetida, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves to hot ghee and saute till fragrant.
    Add the tempering to the dal and cover immediately to trap the flavours.
  5. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Nutrition Info

Calories 1366
Carbohydrates 207.8
Protein 58.5
Fat 34.3
Other Fiber 5