Unlike most typical Maharashtrian amtis that are spicy and eaten with puranpolis or bhakri, this mild peanut-pineapple amti is creamy and rich with the tart fruit to balance the silken texture.
Amti is a quintessential Maharashtrian sweet-tangy dish that is typically eaten with rice or rotis. A staple in home cooking, the simple dal-like preparation stands out for its distinctive use of Goda masala and kokum petals. This pineapple-peanut amti, unlike a typical amti that you might be familiar with, is unusual for many reasons; in that, it has a texture that is creamy and silken along with being thicker than most other variations. Unlike other amtis, this peanut-pineapple version is ideally eaten with bhagar or steamed and tempered barnyard millet.
This peanut-pineapple amti is fasting-friendly, which means that if you observe a fast, skipping a meal wouldn’t be necessary as this keeps you going. The flavours of the amti range from nutty and toasty to slightly tart and sweet, all at once. It is also vegan-friendly if swapped with plant-based milk and delicious to eat by the cupful as it is. The amti can be made a bit in advance and enjoyed ideally at room temperature or just with a hint of warmth. On getting a taste of the amti, it might remind you of the subtle and sweet green Thai curry, except not quite.