Kairichi Dal

कैरीची डाळ or आंब्याची डाळ

Kairichi dal
Art by Nikita Kirloskar Mohite

Kairichi dal and Panha ( raw mango cooler) make a perfect pair .This combination is served during the ladies haldi kumkum ceremony during month of Chaitra.

Every time I make this dal , I am reminded of elegantly dressed maharashtrian ladies, gathered together for a haldi kunkum ceremony.

I have already shared the recipe of panha in my earlier posts.

Today I am sharing the recipe of the Dal.

This preparation requires no cooking and is made from fresh ingredients and has to be consumed immediately,

It has a tangy , sweet and sour taste.

The dal used is chana dal that adds to the nutritive value owing to its high protein content.


2 cups chana dal (soak in water for 3-4 hours, then drain properly on a sieve for at least 2 hours)

2 medium sized kairis (raw mangoes), peeled and grated

4 green chillies

pinch of sugar

salt to taste

For tadka

1 tablespoon oil

mustard seeds



1 dry red chilly


Divide the dal in 2 parts,

Chop the green chillies in big pieces.

Grind the dal and chillies (in two batches) in the mixer. Take care not to make it too fine. Use the pulse mechanism . The dal should be ground very coarsely.

In a bowl, mix the grated kairi, dal, salt and sugar.

Make the tadka, cool slightly and pour on the dal mixture.

Mix well, garnish with chopped coriander and serve immediately .

Enjoy with a glass of cool kairi panha.

This time, the illustration of the recipe is by my beautiful and talented daughter, Nikita .

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