Monday, August 20, 2012

Alambe Ambat (Mushroom in Coconut based Sauce)

Alambe Ambat is one more popular konkani dish. In konkani, alambo means mushroom. This dish is made commonly, using a special variety of mushroom available in the Coastal Karnataka, in the month of June (when the monsoon season starts). 
In general, dal is added while making ambat but in this dish it is omitted. 

Mushroom is considered to be very healthy. It is low in calories. Try making this delicious dish and get the goodness of mushroom.

  • Mushroom- 10-12 (I used button mushroom)
  • Yellow cucumber- Half of a small one
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 3/4 cup
  • Roasted Red chillies- 4-5
  • Tamarind- A small ball
  • Onion, small sized- 1
  • Oil- 1-2 tsp
  • Salt- To taste


Wash the mushrooms and cut them into pieces of any size and shape. 
Cut the yellow cucumber and remove the seeds. Cut them into small cubes (along with its skin). 
Chop the onion as well (divide it into two parts).

Now take the pieces of yellow cucumber in a cooking pot and then add water (just enough to cook it) and salt. Start heating it. Close it with a lid. When it is half done, add chopped mushroom and onion (add one part of the chopped onion. remaining is used for seasoning). Again close the lid and heat it until everything looks cooked.
While the veggies are getting cooked, prepare the masala.

To make Masala- Grind grated coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to get a fine paste. Add little water, which helps everything to come together.

Once the veggies are nice and soft, add the coconut based masala and mix well. Adjust the consistency of the gravy by adding water. I made it medium thick. Let the mixture come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, continue heating for 2-3 more minutes and then turn off the heat and finally add the seasoning.

For seasoning- Heat oil and add the other half of the chopped onion. Fry it until it turns golden brown. Add this to the cooked mixture and mix well. Alambe Ambat is ready!!

Serve it hot as a side dish to rice. Above measurement serves 2-3 people.

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