Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ambat (Konkani side dish)
















Recently I had been pestering my friend, who is a Mangalorean, to send me some of her recipes. So she send me this typical konkani dish called Ambat which is prepared in Mangalore. Ambat is a konkani dish which is a main item in konkani temples during a festival or marriage feast. It has different varieties depending on the ingredients used. Sometimes ambat is prepared using ripe bananas in some parts of kerala, and sometimes using pulses. Here I am including the ambat prepared using white kidney beans. Hope you enjoy the dish.

Ingredients:
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  1. White kidney beans (Large ones): 1 small glass full
  2. Tomato : 1 no
  3. Onion: 1 no
  4. Potato: 1 no
  5. Grated Coconut: 1/4 if medium sized and 1/2 if small
  6. Red chilli: 3-4 nos depending on the spicy taste you want
  7. Tamarind : a small ball soaked in water
  8. Oil
  9. Salt
  10. Coriander leaves for garnish
Method:
  1. Soak the beans overnite.
  2. Peel the potatoes and slice them into very thin slices and cook them along with the beans in the pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
  3. Grind coconut, red chilli, and tamarind until it forms a smooth paste.
  4. Slice the tomatoes or make a tomato puree in the blender
  5. Heat a little oil in a kadai and saute the onions until they turn golden brown
  6. Add the tomatoes or puree and fry for around 20 seconds
  7. Add cooked beans and potatoes
  8. Add the coconut paste in step 3, add some water for gravy
  9. Add salt and cook until the raw smell of coconut paste is gone.
  10. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  11. Serve along with rice
Its easy to make and might take approximately 1/2 hour.

2 comments:

melanie said...

hey roopa .. can i use a normal frying pan to make the dosa or should i be using specific dosa tava ?

Roopa said...

hey mel,hope you got my email :) I sent you a reply through email to avoid confusion later, as it was posted on a non-dosa post :), here is the email anyways:
You can use a frying pan, but you may not be able to spread the batter to form the swirls in dosa. But you can make pancake type dosas in frying pan, maybe even make few circles ,the dosa might come out little thicker than the one you make on a tawa. I bought the tawa type pan (also called griddle in US) from Walmart,: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wearever-Grip-Right-11-Griddle/13370091
That started getting rusted because of my misuse with using aerosol sprays. Recently I bought this pan which might look like a frying pan, but its called a 'Crepe Pan' I am thinking thats what is the nearest to dosa in US. Crepes are also spread like dosas ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cr%C3%AApe ) unlike Pancakes which are just poured. You may also use a flat circular hot plate. Hope this helps :)

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