Ambat Varan is a traditional Maharashtrian preparation which is served over rice. Fragrant with the copious amount of garlic with which it is seasoned, this spicy, tangy and sweet Varan will tickle the taste buds and leave you asking for more. Renuka Pradhan generously shared her recipe with me.
1 cup/ 200 gms of Toovar dal/ Split pigeon peas pressure cooked and mashed well.
2 tbsps Tamarind paste
2 tbsps jaggery syrup
1 tbsp Kashmiri Lal chilly powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric
3 tbsps finely chopped coriander leaves
For the tempering:
2 tbsps Ghee/ clarified butter
15 cloves of garlic crushed gently
A pinch of Hing/ asafoetida
1/2 tsp mustard
Pour the mashed dal into a container. Add the tamarind paste, jaggery, salt chilly , turmeric powders and a glass of water. Mix and bring to a boil. Allow it to keep simmering. In the meantime heat the Ghee in a pan. Drop in the mustard seeds and the garlic. Roast the garlic to a nice golden brown. Drop in the Hing, toss and pour the seasoning into the boiling Varan. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot over rice with a dollop of Ghee.
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