Thursday, March 24, 2016

Katachi Amti


This Maharashtrian soup is prepared from the liquid strained from cooked lentils (usually while preparing Puran poli) is eaten with plain white rice.

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
Recipe adapted from here

  • Chanadal stock / Split chick pea stock : 2 cups
  • Goda masala: 2 tsp (Available in Indian stores)
  • Red chilli powder : 1 tsp +0.5 tsp
  • Jaggery powder : 4-5 tsp
  • Dry dessicated coconut : 1/4 cup
  • Cumin seeds: 2 tsp
  • Tamarind : 5 gms (small piece)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Cilantro : 2 tbsp
For the tadka:
  • Oil : 2 tsp
  • Bay leaf (broken ) : 2
  • Cinnamon stick : 1 inch broken
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Cloves: 4
  • Turmeric powder / Haldi : 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing : 1/4 tsp
  • To prepare the stock, cook 1 cup chana dal / split chick pea with 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 4-5 whistles. Once cooked, strain the water from the dal using a strainer. Use this liquid for the amti . (To see how to get the stock, check the recipe of Puran Poli)
  • Soak the tamarind in hot water for about 30 minutes. Mash it well to obtain the pulp. Separate the pulp/ water from the tamarind waste.
  • Add the tamarind water/ pulp, goda masala, salt, jaggery and 1 tsp of red chilli powder to the dal water. Add some extra water to adjust the consistency. The consistency should be thin. Bring this mixture to a oil.
  • In a separate pan, roast dry dessicated coconut and cumin seeds. Once done, grind them into a powder.
  • Add this coconut-cumin powder to the boiling dal water.Let it simmer.
  • To prepare the tempering, heat oil. When hot, add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds. When the seeds start to splutter, add the turmeric powder, 0.5 tsp of red chilli powder, asafoetida and curry leaves. Pour this tempering over the amti. Cook for a minute or two.
  • Lastly add chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice .


  1. We call this obbatsaaru.. Amazingly yummy and aromatic. The taste actually increases if consumed the next day..

  2. just love this katachi amti..looks delicious .....

  3. I love anything which has tamarind and jaggery. This looks so delicious!

  4. looks flavorful..its a new type of side dish I have learnt shubha...thank u