26 June, 2016
Ambe Dal, a Maharashtrian Salad~Padwa Special
Ambe Dal was the star of this year’s Gudi Padva also known as Ugadi or Yugadi also the Hindu New Year! Ambe Dal is a Maharastrian salad of green mango and chana dal where unlike the Sautikai Kosambri there no cucumber is added.
Celebrated in Chitra is the first month of the Hindu calendar and Shukla Pratipada it is the first day of the month.
What is Pratipada and what is Shukla Pratipada?
According to Hindu calendar, which is Lunar, Shukla Paksh is the bright half of the month and Pratipada is the first day. The other words for Partipada okay the first day are d पाडवा (pāḍavā) or पाडवो (pāḍavo).
In south India, the first day of the bright phase of the moon is called pāḍya.
Konkani Hindus variously refer to the day as संसर पाडवो or संसर पाड्यॆ (saṁsāra pāḍavo / saṁsāra pāḍye). In Karnataka, we also call it as उगादि, ಯುಗಾದಿ (ugādi).” I am quoting Wikipedia here but to make the long story short we are celebrating Hindu New Year here today.
Celebration naturally means a celebratory lunch, something delicious and yummy.
Most Indian cooking traditions have nature in mind. The use of local and seasonal foods is emphasised on.
So for Nagpanchmi we have steamed food patoli, or kuchid kadab steamed kadbu, for Ganesh which is it rains we have ukdiche modak/ Steamed Rice Dumplings. For Diwali when there is a nip in the air we have fried stuff like chirotti, etc.
Gudi Padwa or Ugadi when raw, unripe mangos are abundant in markets, before Summer there is Mainkai Chitra Anna whether I want it or not and some salad with raw mango. Since hubby and the girls are not too fond of sweets we have none or only jelabi.
Hubby does not care much for Chitraanna but then there is always chapatti and vegetable and dal that I make for my father-in-law on which he can depend on.
This Gudi Padwa I wanted to make Ambe dal, a Maharastrian salad of green mango and chana dal where unlike the Sautikai Kosambri there no cucumber is added.
I asked my SIL, the elder one who is an encyclopaedia of food for her help. On her confirmation, I set out to make it.
Traditionally, Ambe dal is accompanied with sweet and sour raw mango drink called Panha.
Ambe Dal a Salad of Raw or Green Mangoes and Channa Dal
For the Ambe dal:
- 3/4 Cup Chana dal
- 1/2 Cup Raw Mango grated
- 3-4 Green chillies adjust as per taste
- 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
- Salt to Taste
For the Seasoning:
- 1 Tablespoon tblspn Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 1 Teaspoon Tsp Hing/asafoetida powder
- 1 Teaspoon Haldi/turmeric powder
- Dhania/coriander leaves chopped
- Soak chana dal overnight or for 6 hours in the water.
- Drain all the water.
- Set aside a tablespoon of the dal and grind dal coarsely in chutney pot of your mixer with 2-3 green chillies and a few springs of dhania/ coriander leaves. Transfer to the serving bowl.
- Peel raw mango and grate it.
- In a small kadhai/wok heat oil.
- Add mustard seeds let them splutter then add hing/asafoetida powder, haldi/turmeric powder.
- Add immediately to the ground chana dal.
- Add salt to taste and a little sugar.
- Add chopped dhania/coriander and grated raw mango. Mix it well and serve.