Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ambal and Lassi

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My today's dish is called Ambal, a childhood favorite of mine. The first time I tried  this dish was when I visited my relatives in Jammu. 
Ambal is a famous dish made often in Northern part of India. It is basically pumpkin, cooked in a sweet and sour way  and  adding of methi seeds, during tempering  takes this dish  to another level of flavors. Very easy to prepare, yummy and  healthy too !!
How about a cool glass of refreshing sweet Lassi, another childhood  favorite !
Spices are easily available these days, either online or in Indian stores.


Ingredients:


250 gm pumpkin (Orange colored) peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes 
1/4 cup soaked tamarind 
2 tbsp jaggery (available online or in Indian stores)
1/4 tsp methi dana ( Fenugreek seeds)
1 tsp ginger, chopped
1 tsp jeera seeds ( cumin seeds)
2-3 Kashmiri dried red chillies
1/2  tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder 
2 Tbsp refined oil
Salt, to taste
1/4 tsp red chilly powder 
1/4 cup Water
Fresh Coriander leaves, to garnish


Ambal 


                                                             


Method:
   1. Heat a pan, add oil, for tempering, add methi seeds,cumin seeds, 2 dried red chillies,and ginger.
   2.Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder. Saute for approx few  seconds.
3.Add  pumpkin and toss well. Add  tamarind and jaggery. Cook for 3-4 minutes on high flame.
4.Add 1/2 cup water, cover with a lid and cook (on a low flame) till pumpkin is soft and almost done.  Garnish with coriander leaves.

                                     




Lassi a north Indian yogurt drink, prepared by combining  plain yogurt, ice cubes, rose flavoring(available in Indian stores) very little water and sugar to your taste, I like mine with less sugar, so to keep it healthy! Just put all ingredients into a blender jar and blend for a minute or so, to give a nice creamy drink. Substitute with salt instead of sugar for a salty lassi, you can garnish with mint leaves too.
Again for mango lassi, all you do in this add mango pulp, check for sugar accordingly as mango pulp is usually sweet. Enjoy 

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