Kairi Dal/ Ambe Dal/ Raw Mango and Lentil Salad

Summer is here and so are mangoes! I miss India and a little more during summer.... I miss variety of mangoes available in market both ripe and raw! Coz I love raw mangoes as much as I love the ripe ones. Back in India, I used to prepare yearly stock of variety of Achar (pickle) and Kairi Panha which is a beverage prepared using raw mango.

Apart from pickle and Panha, there are many more recipes that uses raw mangoes. Sharing with you a recipe of my most favorite Kairi Dal. It is a side dish prepared using lentils and raw mango. This is very popular dish in Maharashtra prepared in the month of Chaitra (which is around March/ April) when the raw mangoes arrive in the market. This is the first month as per Hindu calendar so the first day of this month is celebrated as the New Year day in Maharashtra and typically, ladies  invite other ladies from neighborhood for Haldi Kumkum and serve Kairi Dal and Kairi Panha. It is specially prepared during the Hindu month of Chatra which is normally around March- April every year. 

It is nutritious and gluten free. Do give it try and let me know if you like it. Feel free to share your pictures on my facebook page or Pinterest. 


1 cup Chana Daal/ Split Bengal Gram

1 Raw Mango

Few Curry leaves

Oil- 1 tablespoon

Salt as per taste

Sugar- 1 or 2 teaspoon as per liking

Coriander leaves- 1/2 cup chopped finely

Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon

Asafoetida- 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilies- 2 or as per liking

Red chilies- 1 or 2 as per liking

Take 1 cup Chana Dal/ Split Bengal Gram in a bowl and rinse it well.

Soak Chana dal for 4-5 hours.

Wash and peel raw mango and grate it.

Strain all the water from soaked Chana dal.

In a grinder jar, take half of soaked Chana dal. 

Add 2 green chilies cut in to pieces. 

Add one small piece of ginger and few curry leaves.

Grind coarsely. 

Remove it in a bowl. 

Add remaining Chana dal to the grinder jar.

Add 1/4 th of grated raw mango and grind coarsely. 

Remove it in a bowl. 

Add remaining raw mango. 

Add salt as per taste.

Add 1 tablespoon sugar or as per your liking. 

Add chopped coriander leaves and mix.

Heat oil in a small pan or kadhai. 

Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds. 

Add 7-8 Curry leaves.

Add 1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida/ hing.

Add 1 dry red chili.

Add turmeric powder.

Add this tadka to the dal and mix well. 


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I am Sonali and Welcome to Sonali's Homefoods! Thank you for visiting my blog. This is my attempt to digitize my culinary experiments and also seek creative satisfaction. I am not a professional chef or a nutritionist. I enjoy cooking and often find it meditative as it takes my mind of many unnecessary issues. I look forward to sharing with you all, recipes that are tried, tested, tasted and appreciated by my family and friends. Some recipes that I learnt from my parents, some from my friends and their moms. Some I got from recipe books and some I got from internet. But I am most excited to share with you some recipes that I have developed myself. I look forward to enjoy this delicious journey with you all!

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