Maharashtrian Ambat Goda Dal Recipe

A simple dal recipe that is made with toor dal which has slight touch of sweetness and tanginess to balance out the flavour.

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Maharashtrian Ambat Goda Dal Recipe
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Maharashtrian Ambat Goda Dal Recipe is a simple dal made from toor dal which is lightly sweet because of Jaggery and has a light flavor of tanginess by the addition of tamarind water. It is also called as “Ambat Varan” in most of the Brahmin communities in Mumbai. The unique flavor is from the use of fenugreek seeds. Every Maharashtrian dish has a touch of Goda masala that makes the dish unique to that cuisine. 

Serve the Ambat Goda Dal with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee over it with a Kadai Vegetable Sabzi Recipe along side and a homemade pickle to go along with it for a comforting meal. 

If you are looking for more Maharashtrian Recipes here are some: 

  1. Maharashtrian Bharleli Vaangi Recipe
  2. Maharashtrian Kanda Poha Recipe
  3. Maharashtrian Aloo Bhujne Recipe

Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

30 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

60 M


4 Servings


  • 3/4 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
  • 1/2 cup Tamarind Water
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 3/4 tablespoon Maharashtrian Goda Masala
  • 1 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped
  • To Temper
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 Green Chilli , chopped 

How to make Maharashtrian Ambat Goda Dal Recipe

  1. To begin making the Ambat Goda Dal we will soak the dal in water for about 30 minutes. After soaking cook the dal with the water, salt and turmeric powder and pressure cook for about 4 whistle till it is well cooked.

  2. Once done, keep it aside to release the pressure by itself. Meanwhile you can heat a kadai with oil and keep it ready.

  3. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds and allow them to splutter for few seconds. Once done add the curry leaves and allow it to crackle.

  4. Add a pinch oh hing and chopped green chilli and saute till it softens for about 10 seconds.

  5. Add the cooked dal and tamarind water together and allow it to cook in simmer. At this point you can add the goda masala and salt.

  6. Cook for another 10 more minutes till you get the desired consistency. Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve.

  7. Serve the Ambat Goda Dal with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee over it with a Kadai Vegetable Sabzi Recipe along side and a homemade pickle to go along with it for a comforting meal.