Oriya Style Ambila Recipe-Sweet & Spicy Mixed Vegetable Sabzi

  • To begin making Ambila Recipe, in a bowl, mix curd/dahi and besan. Add 4 teaspoons of water and mix well to make sure there are no lumps in it. 

  • Next, dissolve the tamarind pulp in 3-4 teaspoons of warm water and keep aside. Alternatively, you can also soak 20 grams or lemon sized tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the tamarind pulp.

  • Place a pan on medium heat and add 1 teaspoon oil.

  • Add the tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are soft. Remove the tomatoes and keep aside.

  • To the same pan add all the other vegetables, except drumstick and saute for a couple of minutes. Turn off the flame and keep aside..

  • In a large vessel, add 5 cups of water and boil all the sauteed vegetables along with drum stick and tomatoes with turmeric powder and salt. 

  • When the vegetables are half cooked (takes about 10 minutes), add the besan and yogurt mixture. Mix well.

  • Next add the tamarind water and give it all a good mix.

  • Let the vegetables cook properly in a medium flame. When the vegetables are cooked completely, switch off the flame.

  • In a tadka pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, reduce the heat and add panch phoran masala. 

  • When the masala starts to turn aromatic, add chopped garlic, whole dried red chillies and curry leaves.

  • Sauté until the garlic turns to golden brown colour .

  • New add red chilli powder to the tadka pan, mix well and immediately pour this tempering to the cooked vegetables.

  • Mix the tadka well with the cooked vegetables and transfer into a serving bowl. Ambila is ready to be served. 

  • Serve Ambila along with Steamed Rice and a dollop of Ghee for a perfect weekday lunch.

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