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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ambula Raee ( Mandira preparation )

If the aroma of steaming fragrant rice heaped on a plate made of sal leaf is firmly etched in the dingy of your memory, then you have truly witnessed the era before plastic took over everyone's imagination. These days I rarely come across the 'khali patra' and 'dana'/'chauti' made of sal leaves that we so popular during my early years. Infact on the last trip to Odisha, I scoured the markets hoping to rekindle those memories but could not get my hands on these 100 % bio-degradable, environment-friendly and cost effective serve-ware. It made we wonder why we are in such a mad rush to destroy our planet.

Coming back to the feasts of yore, there is a paradigm shift in the delicacies being served during these events nowadays. One would imagine that the temple preparations would be untouched by these seasonal shifts in the preferences of the general public but sadly that is not the case. The last event which I attended left me with an unsatiated craving for some good 'bhata, dali, pariba tarkari, tomatar khata au khiri'. The only saving grace being the Ambula Raee which is one of the most sought after dishes at any function in Odisha these days . This version one is specially prepared in the temples.

Read on for the recipe :

Preparation Time - 2 hours 10 mins ( 2 hours standby time )

Ingredients -

  • 9-10 pieces Ambula
  • 1 cup sliced coconut
  • 3-4 green chillis
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp thick curd
  • 1 inch mango ginger
  • 1-2 dry red chillis
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste.

For tempering -

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprig curry leaves.

Preparation - Soak the ambula in 1 cup of hot water for 2 hours or till tender. Add crushed green chillis and coriander to it.

Grind the coconut into a paste and add to the above mixture.

Cooking: Dry roast the cumin seeds. Grind into a smooth paste along with the mustard seeds and red chilli.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Add the mustard-cumin paste to the wok along with 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Now add the ambula mixture along with sugar and salt. Boil for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from flame and stir in the yogurt/curd and crushed mango ginger.

Serve with rice and dalma/dal.

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