Good Things Come To Those Who Wait ~ Indira’s Amma Mudda

Once upon a time, I perused the internet for “authentic dal recipes” and came across a recipe on a website called Mahanandi. Eagerly, I read that recipe, then another and another. I found links, and more links, to other great websites devoted to authentic Indian food. I spent hours gazing and absorbing and dreaming of all the wonderful dishes I could try.

Fortunately, I knew just where to shop. Soon I found myself carting home bags filled with various pulses, grains, fresh vegetables and and intriguing spices.
I bought a pressue cooker, dove in and made my first attempt. It was that
toor dal with methi, and oh, how I savored the aroma, the tastes — the whole experience of that delicious day.

It’s difficult to describe the feeling it gave me, and it may sound strange. It was as though I had found something I’d been missing for a long time.
I felt a sense of contentment and completion — like the comfortable joy that envelops you when you are finally reunited with someone dear to your heart,
from whom you’ve long been separated.

It was like coming home.

All that from a simple pot of dal. I told you it sounds strange πŸ™‚

Needless to say, I was hooked, and what a delightful journey it is!

Not long after I made the first dal, Indira posted this photo,
used here by her kind permission.

Indira’s green mango dal mudda on sabudana papad
photo copyright I. Singari — wouldn’t you just love a bite!

I think this is one of the most beautiful examples of food photography I have ever seen. From the moment I laid eyes on it, I wanted to recreate that little ball of dal and rice. Correct that — I didn’t just want it — I yearned for it! Being somewhat obsessive when it comes to insisting on authenticity, I got stuck on that precise combination; it had to be mango dal, it had to be a sabudana papad, and I wasn’t going to make it till I could have it exactly as I saw it in the photo.

Alas, I had no hopes of finding green mangoes, so the beautiful mudda on the crispy light papad reluctantly retreated to the recesses of my mind — gone but not forgotten.

Months passed. I learned alot. Eventually I found and learned (thanks to patient instructions from Indira, see comment section here to read them) to fry the sago papads. Eventually I came across that green mango in brine, the closest thing to an Indian green mango I’d seen. And then, last Wednesday, I sat down to peruse the blogs. Lo and behold, dear Indira had posted step-by-step instructions for making mudda! Back from the recesses the memory came marching.
I was so excited! It took nearly a year, but armed now with my green mango, my papads, the proper dal recipe and instructions, I finally got to have my mudda, and eat it too πŸ˜‰

rice and dal with pickled green mango ~ ammaΒ mudda
at long last, my own amma mudda ~ rice, ghee, and dal with pickled green mango
thank you, Indira!!

amma mudda
amma mudda in springtime sunshine ~ methi growing in the background

And *that* is the special way you can serve dal with green mango πŸ™‚

This post is a big thanks to you, Indira; your unfailing kindness and generosity
are most gratefully appreciated!


  1. Indira said

    ” sense of contentment and completion “, that’s I how feel whenever I prepare amma muddas. What a beautifully written post. I can give instructions but I never could convey my feelings in such poignant way like you did, Linda. Great cook and writer, that’s what you are.

    Seeing that warm sunshine like photo of yours make me happy and extremely proud. Perfection. Also many thanks for your kind words about Mahanandi. They really mean a lot to me.

    Thanks and happy cooking!

    Thank you Indira, that’s so sweet of you to say. I felt very happy with those muddas in the sunshine, too! πŸ™‚

  2. bee said

    dear linda,

    what a beautiful post. i was going to write about amma mudda, but now, i think, i’ll just lead my readers to your post.

    – bee

    Hello Bee, I’m glad you enjoyed this, and I thank you for the link. Please don’t skip writing about amma mudda; I look forward to reading your post πŸ™‚

  3. indosungod said

    Linda I can hear your great appreciation coming through in your posts. Lovely writeup. Your creation looks wonderful.

    Thanks ISG! I really enjoyed making these — a sort of pinnacle for me πŸ™‚

  4. asha said

    You are a Indian at heart and probably was one in your past life!!:))

    You amaze me with your devotion to Indian food and culture.Wanna change your name to Lalitha , my friend??!!;D

    Asha, you’re a sweet encouraging soul — I’m honored! Lalitha is a lovely name, and so is Asha πŸ™‚

  5. sandeepa said

    Lovely writeup Linda. You are truly passionate about cooking. The warm Mudda looks divine

    Thank you so much, Sandeepa. I feel lucky to have found such wonderful food to cook! πŸ™‚

  6. What an inspirational writing Linda! Great attitude!

    Thank you so much, VKN. Your blog was one of my earliest inspirations; I am glad of the chance to thank you for that too!

  7. Sushma said

    Linda, I really loved the picture of Mudda with methi plants in the background… the post is so beautifully written…it touches your heart…
    An applause to you and for how wonderful a person you are.


    Aw Sushma dear, thank you for your kind words — gives me a big smile πŸ™‚ Sending hugs to you!

  8. mm said

    very nice piece of writing……you have the “gift”

    Thank you mm… it’s very nice to see you here πŸ™‚ you’re pretty gifted yourself… maybe sometime you’ll let me post one of your creations!

  9. Monisha said

    Linda, your drive and dedication to get the recipe exactly right is admirable!

    Hi Monisha — it did become something of a small obsession with me — this one πŸ˜‰

  10. Dilip said

    wow…I love your drive and passion not to mention motivation…its great to see…lovely post, enjoyed reading it…you sure are a dal person…~grin~…seems like a devine recipe from Indira…I must try it…thanks for sharing…

    Hi Dilip — yep, I am a dal gal! Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed. Do try Indira’s recipe. It’s a winner for sure! πŸ™‚

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  12. MeltingWok said

    Linda, that chinese shrimp cracker look alike and rice crispy thingy looked good with that juicy gigantic amma muddha, yums ! πŸ™‚ oooh..ghee makes rice so flavorful and tasty, double yummy πŸ™‚

    Hi Shirley, this would be a good one for you make, too! You’d love the papads πŸ™‚

  13. sia said

    love ur enthu and passion for indian food linda. i enjoyed reading ur post. hugs to u:)

    Thank you, Supriya! I get alot of pleasure from it and I’m grateful for that. I just saw your huge mango-in-brine post — looks yummy! Can’t wait to sit down and read that more thoroughly. Thank you for the link too — hugs back to you πŸ™‚

  14. Mishmash! said

    Linda, Ur love for indian food is remarkable and what a lovely write up…so touching and spontaneous!! I loved the last two pics…great photos! I dont know if its the problem with my computer, I have some trouble refreshing the pages,I was getting ur old methi post again n again..dont know why! U take care πŸ™‚


    Hi Shn, I think wordpress was having some server issue past couple of days — thanks for keeping at it and leaving your very lovely comment, I appreciate it! I’m glad you enjoyed — my favorite pic is the one with the methi growing — it feels like springtime in March to me πŸ™‚

  15. Trupti said

    you’re one heck of a lady, Lalitha….err I mean, Linda….. *wink*

    What an absolutely beautiful post. As soon as I saw Indira’s posts on the Muddas, I wanted to make them for my two little ones…and how they ate it…holding the little balls in their chubby hands…I am going to do a post on it soon too….

    Lovely! Once again!


    Thanks a bunch, Trupti! I think that name is growing on me. Maybe you *and* Asha knew me in my past life πŸ˜‰

    I bet your little ones looked so adorable!! My kids are well beyond that stage now… old enough to be refusing me these days. I guess I’ll have to wait awhile (hopefully YEARS) and then make “ammamma mudda” πŸ˜‰ I look forward to your post — perhaps with pics of the chubby little hands? πŸ™‚

  16. prema said

    Hi Linda,
    Mudda looks lovely just like ur love for cooking.. nice touching writeup.

    Hi Prema, thank you for such kind words — I’m happy you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  17. Lera said

    sago papad looks so beautiful !!Interesting post!

    Thanks Lera — I love those sago papads — deep-fried so a treat for me πŸ™‚

  18. Nupur said

    What a lovely post! Truly illustrates the power of food blogging in bringing people and cultures together.

    hi Nupur — truly! You put that so perfectly. I feel that kindred spirits abound here; thank you for being such a special one!

  19. Nav said

    Aww Linda, that is so beautiful, you keep me amazed all the times with your dedication and love towards Indian food.

    Hello Nav, stranger! Happy to see you here and thank you for the kind words πŸ™‚

  20. Latha said

    Wow Linda! What a lovely touching post! Indira’s posts and cookign do remind me so much of home and my amma and nannamma (grandmother). There is nothing like the classic taste of a mudda made by amma or in my case even my dad! He is a foodie like me and loves to feed me muddas!
    But u’re post is so sweet and so special! I cannot imagine how much u have embraced Indian cooking and cusine in your life! I have not seen anyone like you!
    If you do come over to the Midwest do visit us and I would be honored to make you a special meal! And maybe recreate the experience of ‘amma mudda’ πŸ™‚

    Latha, thank you — you are so sweet!! I bet your dad’s muddas were best of all! πŸ™‚

    Am counting the days till I can say am coming over for lunch Then I hope you will allow me to cook with you — I will be honored, my friend πŸ™‚

  21. Linda, what lovely write up..reminds me of mom though i saw her 2 months back..its never enough isin’t?..i m planning to come over there to have the mango dal what say ??

    Sudha!?! I’m so happy to see you here — I’ve missed you! You come right straight over, supper’s ready anytime πŸ™‚

  22. Musical said

    Hi Linda, my first comment here.

    Loved this post…..your words brought out the essence of the words “Amma mudda” (and beyond) so well…..

    “I felt a sense of contentment and completion β€” like the comfortable joy that envelops you when you are finally reunited with someone dear to your heart,
    from whom you’ve long been separated.”

    So true…..very touching post.

    Hi Musical, thanks for your visit and kind comment. I’m so happy you enjoyed this post πŸ™‚ Just peeked in at your new food blog — must go back to get your recipe for chana dal and bottle gourd. I don’t think I’ve made a strictly chana dal yet! Sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  23. Revathi said

    Hi Linda

    Awed at your commitment for authenticity. I know how difficult it is to cook with a foreign ingredient. I remember the first time I made pasta with wine.

    Excellent recreation of the mudda –

    Thanks very much Revathi! Pasta with wine sounds good, too πŸ™‚

  24. Jennifer said

    I just discovered your blog and had to comment on this even though I’m a little behind. Your description of discovering dal just resonated with me. I felt the same way! The first time I had homecooked Dal my indian hubby made all I could think was “where were you my entire life??”. It does feel like home, and happy to hear I’m not the only one that thinks that, thanks for sharing your wonderful post. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Jennifer. Glad you stopped by. I’ll have to check out your blog, too πŸ™‚

  25. Anita said

    You mean you are not an Indian!!!! All along, I thought you were! All your effort and love is all the more impressive. You made Val? You made val! [salutes]

    Thank you for your very kind words, Anita — I am truly honored πŸ™‚

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  27. Shashank said

    I got here from Indira’s site and your writing really really left me wanting to be with my mom for amma mudda. I am truly and deeply very touched. =))
    going to call my momma right away Linda..

    I’m touched by your kind words, Shashank — thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, that means alot to me! πŸ™‚

  28. gowri said

    your way of writing, presentation both are very nice. Great job.

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