Friday, September 12, 2014

Jeere Ambat (Cumin Flavored Coconut Soup)

Jeere Ambat is a mildly spiced Coconut based dish. This is one of the dishes my paternal grandma made regularly. My mother learnt to make it from her. Freshly grated coconut is ground to a paste along with turmeric and cumin. It is then diluted and boiled with ginger and green chilli. Finally seasoned with mustard and curry leaves. The fresh coconut makes this dish little sweet and cumin, ginger infuses a wonderful flavor.



It had been so many years since I had this. Few months back my mother mentioned about this dish and hence I thought of posting it. Finally I made it as I had fresh coconut. It turned out very good. Do try making this and I am sure you will love it!


Ingredients:
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen - 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds (Jeera) - 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chilli - 1-2
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Oil - 1-2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Salt - To taste

Procedure:

Take grated coconut, turmeric, salt in a blender. Grind it along with little water to get a smooth paste. Once done add cumin seeds and blend it again for few seconds.


Now transfer the ground paste in a pot along with roughly chopped ginger and green chilli. Start heating it and add enough water to get the desired consistency. I kept it medium thick (not too thick or thin). Once the mixture comes to a boil reduce the heat to medium- low and continue heating for 2-3 minutes. Then turn off the heat. Finally add in the seasoning. 


For Seasoning - Heat oil in a small pan. Once hot, add mustard seeds. After it splutters, add curry leaves and turn off the heat. Add this to the cooked coconut mixture and mix well. Jeere Ambat is ready!!


Serve it hot along with rice. Above measurement serves two people.

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