An Ambat is a coconut based gravy preparation which is seasoned with finely chopped onions. It can be made with a variety of vegetables or lentils. Today I have made a traditional one which is a combination of Raw Papaya and Malabar Spinach. It goes well with, Rice, Roti and even with Bread.
- 10 tendersticks of Malabar Spinach
- 15 bite sized pieces of Raw Papaya
- 3 large onions
- 1/2 coconut grated
- 10 roasted red chillies
- 1 heaped tsp Tamarind paste
- 5 tbsps oil
- 50gms or one large fistful split Pigeon peas
Wash and chop the Malabar Spinach with its tender stems. Cut the Raw Papaya into bite sized pieces. Slice one and half onion. Boil all the three together in three glasses of water to which salt has been added. Wash and pressure cook the split Pigeon peas. Churn it. Chop the remaining onions fine. Grind the coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to a smooth paste. Drop the churned dal and the ground masala into the cooked vegetable mixture. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the finely chopped onions and roast to a rich brown. Tip in the seasoning into the boiling Ambat. Boil for a couple of minutes. Keep aside for half an hour for the flavours to infuse before serving.
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