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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Raw Mango Chutney / Kairichi Dal

Kairi in Marathi means Raw Mango and this chutney is prepared using soaked Chana dal , hence the name. This raw Mango Chutney is also called Ambe dal or vatli dal and is very popular spring delicacy from Maharashtra.

Kairichi dal is also associated with the Chaitra Gauri Haldi Kunku - a social gathering for women in Maharashtra . Chaitra is the first month of Hindu Calendar and Gudhi Padwa the first day of the year for Maharashtrians. On the third day ie Tritiya of Chaitra month , Goddess Parvati also known as Gauri is worshiped by married women and they invite other married women and girls for Haldi Kunku and felicitate them with Haldi Kumkum, a blouse piece and Coconut. Kairichi Dal and Kairi Panha are fixed menu for this Haldi Kumkum event.

Kairichi Dal is a very quick yet delicious preparation. A onion garlic free recipe which can be had as it is or as an accompaniment with the Dal chawal, chapati and subji. It can also served with Upma.

Watch how to make Kairi Dal / Ambe Dal


  • 1 Cup Chana Dal
  • 1/4 cup grated Kairi / Raw Mango
  • 1/4 cup fresh scrapped Coconut
  • 1-2 green Chilies
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Hing / Asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp Haldi / Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Soak the Chana Dal for at least 4 hours. Drain the dal completely and grind it coarsely .

   2. In a bowl , to this coarsely ground Chana dal , add grated raw mango. My raw mango was not that sour so i added 1/4 cup. If it is sour 3 tbsp should be good enough.

  3. Add fresh scrapped Coconut, finely chopped Coriander leaves, crushed green chilly , Salt, Sugar and Hing and mix it properly.

  4. Heat up 1 tbsp Oil a small kadhai and add mustard seeds to it. Once the seeds crackle , put off the flame and add Turmeric powder. Let this tempering cool down at room temperature and pour this over the raw mango , dal preparation. Mix and check for seasoning , and adjust accordingly. 

  5. Serve this tangy tasty raw mango chutney and enjoy this spring delicacy !

  I hope you would not miss to give this chutney a try, this spring. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back.

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