Sunday, May 20, 2018

AMBE UPKARI

AMBE UPKARI

In Konkani, mangoes are called, "Ambo" so today's dish is of a sweet-tangy curry made with mangoes, called, "Ambe Upkari." In our hometown of Mangalore, this dish is typically made with small ripe mangoes which are not very sweet called "Gointo Ambos" available during the mango season.

In case you don't have them, as they are usually not available in other places, you could use any other ripe mango which is not too sweet. Usually, we do not use the more sweet higher quality mangoes such as the Alpohonso etc for this dish settling for the more common varieties like Raspuri, for example.

Ambe Upkari is served as a side dish with the main meal. The amount of jaggery you add will depend on the sweetness of the mangoes used. The maida or rice flour added is essential as it helps thicken the dish.





Ingredients:
  • Mangoes, 6
  • Green Chillies, slit, 2
  • Jaggery, powdered, 1/4 cup
  • Maida ( Refined Flour) or Rice Flour, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Water, 2 cups

For the Seasoning:
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal, 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli, broken into halves, 1
  • Curry Leaves, a few
  • Oil, 2 tsp
Method: 

Wash and peel the mangoes. Take away the mango peels and keep the peeled mangoes in a vessel.
Place the mango peels in a bowl along with 1 cup of water and using your fingers extract the mango pulp from it. Add this extract to the peeled mangoes.
Once again, add 1 cup of water to the mango peels and squeeze them to extract the remaining mango pulp.
Add the mango extract to the vessel with the peeled mangoes and discard the mango peels
To the peeled mangoes and mango pulp/ extract,  add salt, powdered jaggery and the slit green chillies and bring it to a boil
To thicken the ambe upkari, mix the maida with a little water to form a paste without any lumps
Add this maida paste to the mango- jaggery mixture
Mix well and allow the ambe upkari to simmer for 2-3 minutes

For the seasoning:
Heat oil in a pan and when it gets hot add the mustard seeds and when they splutter add the urad dal and saute till the dal changes colour
To this add the broken red chilli and the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds

Lastly, add this seasoning to the ambe upkari and serve it hot